The Dark Thorn
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Beneath the streets of Seattle, a long-forgotten war is about to be renewed...
Richard McAllister, a spiritually destitute homeless man and Knight of the Yn Saith, protects one of seven portals linking his world to that of Annwn, where the fey Tuatha de Dannan of antiquity have been relegated by a long-running religious war.
Unknown to Richard though, powerful forces are aligning against him and all he stands to keep safe. In the wilds of a discarded world, Philip Plantagenet, son of Henry II, moves to claim a birthright nine centuries in the making, one that drives him to eliminate the Tuatha de Dannan--at any cost to both worlds. In the halls of Vatican City, Cardinal Vicar Cormac Pell O'Connor schemes to control the Heliwr--the Unfettered Knight--one who possesses the great power known as the Dark Thorn.
The three men are on a collision course with history--and their futures.
For in the wilds of Annwn, death comes as easily as magic.
Haunted by a past he can't forget and a knightly responsibility he can't shun, Richard is drawn into levels of machinations--and two worlds--far darker than any he has prepared for.
The Dark Thorn
Buy it-read it! You won't be disappointed. My curiosity about The Dark Thorn was pricked after reading Unfettered, a collection of novellas/short stories, by many of this genres best authors. It was put together in support of their webmaster and burgeoning new author, Mr. Shaun Speakman, who contributed The Dark Thorn. That tale was intriguing enough that I went hunting for books by the author and found his complete novel, The Dark Thorn, which seems to pick up from a few aspects in the novella. After a bit of a slow start (sometimes necessary to build a world) it grabs you before the third chapter and does not let go ... it's a good thing I don't sleep much anyway, or I would have had a hard time working the following days! Tense and exciting, the driving need to know what happens next made for a wonderful escape! Really, really well done Mr. Speakman ... I certainly hope there's a sequel because I want to know how Bran makes out and how Richard manages ....
Truly Epic First Volume!
I learned about Shawn Speakman when one of my favorite authors called attention to his cancer treatment and asked for help. So help I did, buying an unknown book that hadn't been published. I recently received the volume in the mail, and truthfully, I'd forgotten all about it. So, instead of reading my signed copy, I bought the digital copy (much easier to read). It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I love the character development as well as the pace of the plot. I rarely read a series without all the books being in print, but, I broke my own rule for this and I'm glad I did, I'll have a chance to read it again before the next book comes out. Way to go Mr. Speakman!