Monday, 13 January 2014

Book Spotlight ~ Marcuria's End by Joshua Steelman

Marcuria's EndMarcuria's End

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Self-published

The world of Marcuria nears its predestined end. This is the last Age. The final Cleansing. Three unwitting harbingers—whose lives have been carefully constructed, vigilantly directed onto dark paths—are being prepared for this culmination. Monsters they are destined to be, not the heroes they always dreamed.

Alyn sees what others cannot: the Dark. This darkness infests the land, swarms over all creation. Even those he loves are infected with it. Hatred for the Dark festers as Alyn battles a raging torrent inside: an alluvion yearning to sweep this perceived blight out of existence.

Jarrod is a carousing layabout haunted by the trauma he suffered as a young child. He drowns himself in drink and the occasional girl to escape the constant, hellacious memories. Yet this isn’t enough. It can never be enough. For years, he has mulled over a solution, but his cowardice is too great of an impediment. Even so, the notion of revenge never wanders out of reach as it foments his craving for knowledge.

Gherart has just celebrated a major promotion to join the ranks of the Eldest’s personal guard. These elite guardsmen are recognized as national heroes, exemplars of virtue and honor. To have come this far, Gherart has had to transform himself into a new man, a religious man. This mighty change entailed purging his life of every connection to his criminal past; however, there is one tie he can’t cut loose: his best friend—a brother in spirit. . .a thief envious of Gherart.

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About the Author
I began writing a little more than seven years ago during a tremendously confusing and painful period of my life in which my mental health deteriorated rapidly over the course of a couple of weeks. Due to the immense confusion, my reality and my understandings of basic concepts shifted and changed over a short period of time, so I wrote out of desperation, in search of anything that would keep me “steady,” that would keep me anchored to anything solid, to anything of real substance. Out of this womb, the initial draft of Marcuria’s End was born. For many years, I struggled through tremendous adversity while steadily working on the book: shaping it, molding it into a worthy offering. Every ounce of my soul went into every word and every sentence because I believed in the art I was creating; this was my anchor to peace and clarity. Writing Marcuria’s End saved my life, and now I wish to share it with you, because I believe there is something of value contained within its pages, something worthy of your precious time and hard-earned money. I wouldn’t have published it otherwise.


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