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Shadows from a Time Long Past  

ISBN:1453737049      ISBN-13: 9781453737040      ASIN: B004RZICCM

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Shadows from a Time Long Past - front cover





















Shadows from a Time Long Past - back cover




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 tyrantís castle, Naomi, the Crookís 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 the Crook and why are the games played by Naomi in her childhood important? Released from confinement, Shadows of evil begin to spread across the land. What is the significance of Gabrielle, the Keeperís kidnapped daughter? As a weapon against the forces of evil, the innocence of a child should never be underestimated.


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. Hillís rich settings, remarkable characters and well-crafted story make this a must read.

 Patricia Perry- author

  Quest for the Source of Darkness

  The Fortress of Darkness

  The Edge of Darkness: The Final Battle



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The Shintae    


After recovering The Shintae, an ancient relic of The Shintae - Front Cover mystical properties, the Maraen 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 companion Angharad, 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 completed.


   Standing 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.

"The Shintae, a mysterious stone with magical powers, is entrusted to the forest-dwelling Maraens. The Cantaens, the Maraensí 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. Hillís 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. Hillís story takes the reader on an incredible journey..."

Author Patricia Perry "Quest for the Source of Darkness" (7/06)

"...As 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."  

Linda - Lighthouse Literary Reviews (1/06)

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The Shintae is currently out of Print, but is to be revised and re-published during 2015 in Kindle and Paperback editions.

A limited number of copies are available to purchase from the Author.



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