“Not darkness, not light, perhaps something in between, and is claimed by the darkness…as theirs. Though being
saved by the light, that which is saved must in turn save the world…”
By J.W. Baccaro
“Not darkness, not light, perhaps something in between, and is claimed by the darkness…as theirs. Though being saved by the light, that which is saved must in turn save the world…”
Darshun Luthais has never experienced the Nasharin Frenzy—the unbending will to challenge a stronger opponent, no matter the cost. He doesn’t know what he will transform into, has never bonded with an elemental crystal and has never seen any of the unearthly creatures his father talks about. Even though he’s an infant in Nasharin years, his life consists of nothing but constant training, striving to unlock the sleeping power his so-called accursed race is born with.
But all that changes when he is pursued by a Dream Assassin in the dead of night. What he witnesses will forever change his outlook on life and lead him on a quest only the strongest can complete.
“This epic fantasy is action packed, all the way through. Definitely a powerhouse for fantasy lovers. It has plenty of dark magic, tons of bloody battles, and even some seductive tones.
The chosen one faces his destiny with tribulations that at times favor Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. While reading I also felt it resembled Lord of the Rings especially due to its epic length. I can not stress enough how well detailed the story and characters are. Nothing is ever lost in the pages. The timeline is incredible and every aspect continues to build. Wonderful and fascinating!
It is involving, meeting the chosen one as a baby, watching him grow as a young boy into an adolescent, learning to fight, learning who he is, and learning to love. There are many secrets that unfold and characters to meet along the way. From witches to elves, to gnomes and trolls there is sorcery and magic around every turn. The creatures met along the way are descriptively colorful and incredibly likable. Even the darker ones! Well, there are some gross ones too as I think of it. You’ll see!
As a side note, the author does not hold back in his details of war and how brutal the effects are on the people and the land. He sets his world in a beautiful background, so exquisite and then details the destruction during bloodshed and battle.
I’m usually not into a lot of battle stuff. This series however carried so much with it, more than just a battle book. The action was absolutely a big part of the story and without it, the fantasy would not be the epic level that it is, of course! But, there is also the magical side, the mythical and mysterious wonderment. The creatures are so desirable and they stayed with me as I read the story. The colors of the world are so vivid. And actually the magical aspects are my favorite parts of all.”
~Cynthia Ellen Jones~ A Hippie’s Bookshelf: Reading, Reviewing and Bookish Vibes
Interview with J. W. Baccaro
- Can you tell us a few things about yourself?
Of course! As far back as I can remember I’ve always had a creative side. As a child, I used to create my own comic books. Nothing like Marvel or DC, mind you, but the point is I was creating stories from a very early age. Ha, I’d also take my Masters of the Universe and Thundercats toys and make them into my own characters. I’d come up with a hero, a plot, enemies to face and one final boss. My parents would see me crawling around the house playing out my story with these figures. Couches and chairs were mountains, the bath tub the ocean and the floor the woodlands. It was fun!
Entering my teens I found a deep love in music, especially heavy metal from the early 1980’s up through the early 2000’s. 19’th century style classical music is a love of mine too, especially pieces that sound like fantasy battles or chaos. Basil Poledouris from the 1982 Conan the Barbarian soundtrack comes to mind.
I’m 43 years old and I’ve been playing electric guitar since I was 15. I also write my own music.
- Describe the types of books you write without using genre headings e.g. you’re not allowed to just say I write fantasy!
Stories where something catastrophic is soon to take place. An event that can get the attention of those divided over unnecessary, often pious differences, have them unite and stand together against a mightier threat. Stories where the readers feel like they have made friends with the characters. I also prefer a powerful, nearly unstoppable enemy where one might think “how in the heck is the protagonist going to defeat this?!”
I like writing about the emotional connection between certain male and female characters, watching them grow closer, even if one of them completely disagrees with her partner on just about everything. Yet in truth, she secretly admires him, finds him alluring, different. Something new to take in; perhaps she senses a powerful light within him that she feels she needs but will not admit.
- Describe your why. Tell me what motivates you to write.
For starters, it’s therapeutic; perhaps a form of meditation? I remember being so immersed into Tolkien’s the Hobbit that I lost track of time. As Bilbo and his newfound friends, the Dwarves, are traveling through the thick woodland, the heavy rain pouring down, and soon encountering the Trolls. I felt the fear in my heart of being discovered by the Trolls. I felt the frustration of the difficult terrain. However, the sound of the rain (happening in the book) relaxed me. I heard it as if it were raining right outside my bedroom window. It’s like, as you read words you find enthralling, a world from your own perspective is being created inside your mind.
These feelings increase when you involve yourself into heavier, emotional material or paranormal adventures. I used the Hobbit as an example because it was the first book I had ever read that gave me these feelings/envisions.
Creating is just a love of mine. Quite relaxing, and man, all those dopamine hits you get when someone else loves your world. That is a plus!
- Fancasting – Did you have particular actors/actresses in mind for the starring roles in your story?
I encountered this question before. Honestly? No, I envisioned their faces myself.
- Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
It’s definitely perseverance, and even disciple. But if you love creative writing then keep going. If it makes you happy…it can’t be that bad, right? Hey, isn’t that a song from the 90’s? Ha!
But seriously, if you love doing it for the sole purpose of creating your own world, then you will not quit.
- Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I saw my talents in creative writing improve. When I go back to older drafts, I’d shake my head at some of the passages. The more you write, the more feedback you get and constructive criticism the more you will improve. It’s just like any other craft. I also learned that original ideas change if you fall in love with a character immensely. But…no spoilers here.
- Which writer’s work do you believe most resembles your work?
In reviews I’ve been told the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collin, Terry Goodkind, Homer’s Odyssey, and if it were a novel, the Final Fantasy games. Flattering, but I consider myself the lowest on the totem pole. I like to keep my head there to stay humble and improve. I’m just an aspiring writer trying to get out there. I think the wisest thing to do as a writer is to write as YOURSELF! In other words, don’t try and be the next J.K.Rowling or Tolkien. Be yourself, write how you feel. Your influences and experiences will shape your story. I promise!
I think this is fitting here. It is a scene from my paranormal book Blood Dreams. Obviously unrelated to my epic fantasy. But it is the point that is intriguing when I think about writing for yourself:
“As if freedom lives within riches,” the boy continued. “They set themselves on a pedestal, looking down on those crawling beneath them, while never realizing how powerless they truly are compared to the poor man who is content. Consider the musician who lives within the spotlight, sitting on his pot of gold, basking in the attention of his admirers. The innocence that once lived in him replaced by the almighty dollar and the fame it brought him.”
“His earlier dreams of originality cast aside,” the girl commented.
“Time passes, he is forgotten,” the boy added. “Perhaps a little mention here and there, but nothing more than a moment in conversation. The emptiness lurking in his heart again resurfaces—tenfold. He still has his paper, enough to take him to the remainder of his years. His pedestal, however, has dissipated. The entertained moved on to the next big thing, the next trend quickly. And this vanity is what kept that emptiness at bay.”
“Now there is no place to go, nowhere to run for shelter.” The girl nodded.
“But take a man who is proud of his creation, someone who, in the eyes of the rich, crawls beneath them while thousands scream the wealthy man’s name,” the boy went on, “though not a tool by any means. He pursued what his heart desired, a musical piece unpleasing perhaps to the common ear, but something special to him. Something no amount of time, number of dislikes or even likes hold power over. Little money is made. Even smaller admiration. It doesn’t matter, he is content with his accomplishment. He is truly free. No demon of emptiness lurks in his heart where the man of fame remains dominated by that demon once his era of fame has shifted, when the silence returns. Tell me who is the more fortunate?”
Felix sighed, understanding this was all in reference to mankind. “The poor man.”
“And why do you think so?”
Felix was no singer, was never famous, but he could relate to that emptiness the boy spoke of. The demon in one’s heart many attempt to mask with pleasure, with addictions. Becoming an obsessive gambler masked his own inner demons. Truly, there was nothing in his life he felt proud of, nothing constructive to society, or his inner self. Being rich wasn’t about the pleasure money could buy him, it was the thrill of gambling, putting all on the table. The more to lose the bigger the excitement, only to come crashing down, breaking the walls that kept his own empty heart at bay, now tenfold in return. He understood. “Why do I think so? Because there is nothing that holds dominion over him.”
J.W. Baccaro is the author of Prophecy of the Guardian, The Coming of the Light and Blood Dreams. Always a lover of creativity, from works of literature to writing music with his electric guitar; even baking and cooking. When not working on his next story or lost in a good book, J.W. enjoys kicking back with a couple of tasty craft beers and binging on Kaiju movies, 80’s action flicks, Japanese animation and slasher films (particularly the one involving a hockey mask). Heck, he even enjoys a good romantic comedy. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his German Shepherd and his three cats.
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