Destiny - will it cost everything you have ever believed or gain you everything you have ever dreamed of?
Title: MIST FALCON
(Book One, the Warrior Poet Archives)
Author: Ryan J. Doughan
Date of Release: April 2015
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Buy Links: Amazon (http://amzn.to/2iAOCby)
“I write this now, chiseled in stone and wrapped in wind with the hope that you may yet be saved from my folly. Avoid my errors and do not follow in my footsteps, save in greater preparation and wisdom than I have shown. Do not be fooled by the appearance of things. They are so rarely as they seem in this.”
In a kingdom shattered by war and never properly healed, Aiden is whirled out of his ordinary life scraping-by, scavenging the outskirts of Oustenbasch, one of the Nine Cities. Through total loss and driven by revenge, Aiden finds himself fretfully navigating a world of political mayhem while floundering through power in a magic he never dreamed to control.
Willem is a traveling musical prodigy, his voice and talent drawing crowds and filling taverns along with his troupe’s coffers. All the golden eagles in the realm can’t protect him, though, when the Swaar raiders attack the town of Bellcross, sending him scurrying into a life he would never have chosen, questioning the meaning of his existence while wrestling with a music that may be more powerful than he had ever imagined.
Known amongst all the Swaar as “Wolf Rider”, Ren Tako lives and dies by his axe and the strength of his arm. Tako finds himself blown into a situation where he must choose between loyalty to his Dal, the famed Rock Giant, and following a new destiny that could cost him everything he has ever believed or gain him everything he has ever dreamed.
Welcome to the Nine Cities and the Waste beyond to the East. Come ride with me. Soar above a broken land in search of a glimmer of hope, an uncut gem hidden to all but the most perceiving eyes. Come fly with me to the towers of Holmsguard and beyond, and see what it is to be Mist Falcon
Behind the Scenes: I’ve always been a big reader, loved getting lost in the depth and power of stories. As Guy Gavriel Kay stated to Robert Crew from the Toronto Star, “I do want to give you that escapist adventure, I do want you crying with my characters, but I also want you to be brought home to the situation in your own world by the themes I explore within that setting.”
In short, stories offer us something more than the delightful escape (though that is certainly there). Stories can teach us something that we might struggle to realize while bogged down in the surroundings of the real world.
Writing for me, is reading on steroids. Not only am I swept along in a tale of someone else’s creation, but I get to play an active role in that creation process. It is wonderfully messy and tangled and thrilling all at once.
I hope to offer delightful stories of escape while offering a few nuggets of take away here and there.
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Ryan J. Doughan grew up on a steady diet of Narnia and Middle Earth and quickly fell in love with the magic of fiction. This love of stories led him to Northwestern College where he received an English degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a Religion minor.
Ryan lives in Iowa with his beautiful wife and children.
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A Note from Ryan: If you enjoy Mist Falcon, be sure to check out The Touch Heist, a novella staring two of the characters from Mist Falcon. If you like your fantasy with a twist of heist action, this shorter tale may be just for you. Available on Amazon http://amzn.to/2j4ndQn