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The stranger, to whose aid Nerian comes, is young,
beautiful and mysterious. Why is she so insistent he accept the gift of a
Crook? It is a decision
he soon regrets for he finds himself the target of a manhunt by the forces
of the merciless Lord Sigeberht. But, instead of saving himself, why is
Nerian risking his life to return the object?
Held captive within the tyrant's castle, Naomi, the Crook's Guardian,
awaits her opportunity to escape. As Lord Sigeberht fails in his attempts
to obtain the object, external forces take control of his mind, driving
him blindly towards disaster.
While Nerian desperately seeks Naomi, unknown to him the Keeper of the
Gauntlet also is making his way towards her. What links the Gauntlet and
and why are the games played by Naomi in her childhood important?
Released from confinement, Shadows of evil begin to spread across the
is the significance of Gabrielle, the Keeper's kidnapped daughter? As a
weapon against the forces of evil, the innocence of a child should never
Shadows from a Time Long Past
is an action packed story that will
keep the reader absorbed from the first page to the last. It is filled
with memorable characters such as the devoted Almund, Keeper of the
Gauntlet, who searches for Gabrielle, his kidnapped daughter; and young
Nerian who is drawn into the conflict because of a chance encounter with
Naomi, the Guardian of the Crook. The merciless Lord Sigeberht seeks not
only the Crook but the Gauntlet because combining the two will grant him
unimaginable power. Will he succeed?
Mr. Hill's rich settings, remarkable characters and well-crafted story
make this a must read.
recovering The Shintae, an ancient relic of
mystical properties, the
warrior Kaer is surprised by the enemy and left for dead. Surviving his
injuries Kaer is once more charged with retrieving The Shintae and, with his
travels deep into the Cantaen Mountains in search of the object.
Together, Kaer and Angharad face great danger, adventure and all-out war before
their arduous task can be
in Kaer and Angharad's way is Sartae, an antagonist whose evil ambitions know no bounds. A
leader, whose cruelty and hatred is legendary. As the mission progresses,
Kaer and Angharad receive help from the most unlikely of sources but in the
end, they must use all their skill and knowledge to keep themselves alive. As
the venture races to its explosive climax, even this may not prove sufficient.
Shintae, a mysterious stone with magical powers, is entrusted to the
forest-dwelling Maraens. The Cantaens, the Maraens' enemies living in the
mountains, steal the stone to use against them. The Maraen hero, Kaer, manages
to get the stone back but is ambushed by a group of Cantaens and loses the
Shintae to them. The race is on to retrieve the Shintae before the Cantaens
learn to decipher the words that will set free its incredible power. Brian R.
Hill's fantasy tale is richly told. His characters are strong, determined and
dedicated to their tasks. They face many obstacles yet refuse to yield to any of
them. Mr. Hill's story takes the reader on an incredible journey..."
Author Patricia Perry "Quest for the Source of Darkness" (7/06)
a first book, Brian R. Hill has a hit on his hands. I found it to be an easy
read, yet one I had trouble putting down. The action begins in the first two
pages and is non-stop right to the end of the book. I look forward to seeing
more by this author."
Rebecka Vigus for Reader Views (2/06)
"Shintae is a
most fascinating book. Mr. Hill takes you on a vivid journey that allows the
reader to get a feel of the landscape and surroundings of Kaer's adventures....The writing
is full of creativity...Mr Hill keeps the reader completely embedded in the
story until the final end and then some. The secondary characters complete the
story keeping it smoothly flowing making this read a page-turner."