heroes and a heroine, two opposing nations, an enemy
steeped in evil, adventure, all-out war and The Shintae,
the Stone of almost unimaginable power. Only one nation
recovering The Shintae, an ancient relic of 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 and
separately, Kaer and Angharad face great danger,
adventure, natural disaster and all-out war before their
arduous task can be completed.
in Kaer and Angharad's way is Sartae, an antagonist
whose evil ambitions know no bounds. A leader, whose
cruelty and hatred is known and feared throughout the
lands. 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"