Salvation of Cronia Series
Book 1: Legend of the Orbis
Three thousand years of peace is shattered when the monasteries of the Caladons are attacked by Krolls, the army of the evil being Molloch.
Griffin and Cassius, two Caladon students, evade death and find their dying Light Leader beside Ambrose, a middle-aged student. Before his last breath, their leader charges them with an incredulous mission: to seek the legendary Orbis, prophesied in their ancient text to have the power to save their world.
With the help of their tutor and fellow survivors, the students journey on a perilous quest, facing an army of darkness, ferocious creatures and even nature itself. But danger also lurks from within. They must learn to band together to prevent the reign of pure evil.
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Age of Readers
The Salvation of Cronia series is a epic fantasy series for young adults and adults alike, who enjoy a fun quest tale with credible characters and mysterious events. I suggest this could appeal to readers as young as 10 and above.
The story contains some battle scenes and violence. However, I have avoided graphic descriptions of killing. It was tested with my 11 year old daughter, a fan of fantasy who deplored graphic violence. She found it an exciting read and didn't have a problem with the content. Her words: "It's just like the fantasy novels I get at school."
As the book is directed to young readers, I have included ideas for their future growth: conquering worry and anxiety, planning before implementation (look before you leap), doing good even if the world around you may scoff at you.
A little more about the book
This story is an easy read so it can appeal to my younger readers. I would describe it as around the level of Deltora Quest or a little heavier. It has a moving pace to keep the reader engaged and includes a number of surprises that even my adult readers didn't see coming.
I have read a number of young adult fantasy novels and found many characters made foolish decisions. I felt cheated, as if the author thinks the reader is foolish. I wanted my characters to be believable and take considered decisions, and yet have fate go against them. But as a fantasy tale, magic does happen.
In the story, we have student Caladons, priest-like warriors, tasked with a mission beyond their capability. Through the quest, they discover many things about themselves and evil. They come to understand why their creator chose them for the mission.
A note on my evil characters, I made them suitable for children but credible. Many of their driving thoughts and emotions are what we may experience in life, either in us or in our colleagues.