Shades of Light
Book One of the Walker
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of Light: Book One of the Walker Chronicles is now on sale!
"High in the Imorg Hills
live a sect of monks devoted to the teachings of Gharan-Dis, God of
Wisdom and Balance. They prepare themselves for adulthood before
striking out beyond the walls of their secluded monastery to explore
the mysterious and dangerous world of Irith.
Abandoned there as an
infant and raised by the pious monks, headstrong Torin has watched
the years drag by, impatiently waiting for his time to commune with
his god and become a Walker of the Light so he can begin his
exciting new life.
But as his Trial finally
approaches, Torin realizes that he wants something even more than
what Gharan-Dis and Irith have to offer. And the path he chooses to
get it will send him on a dangerous journey that may very well
destroy his faith and change him forever."
Shades of Light: Book One of
the Walker Chronicles is the first in a three-book set chronicling
the exciting adventures of Torin, monk of Gharan-Dis, and his quest
to become a Master. The story takes place in the
Kingdom of Regdon
in the world of Irith.
The Monks of
The monks of Gharan-Dis have
existed over a thousand years. Gharan-Dis is the three-faced god of
wisdom and balance. His followers have resided in monasteries
dotting the land. The holy retreats, which have long been looked
upon as institutions of knowledge and influence, were placed where
people wished to take their children to learn and become strong to
better survive in the world. Now the monasteries have dwindled in
number to a few, thanks to the proliferation of magic among the
The monasteries have since
become repositories for very young children, who have anonymously
been left in the monks' care to be raised as one of their own. The
monks preach three disciplines: body, mind, and spirit using
knowledge passed down through generations through scriptures and
word of mouth called the Khorimaas. Summoning and using the power of
their chi is an essential part of a monks' training and lives.
When a monk reaches
adulthood, he commune with Gharan-Dis in what is the first of three
trials on his journey to masterhood. If deemed worthy, Gharan-Dis
will mark the inside of the monk's right forearm with a white eye.
This marks him as a Walker of the Light.
A Walker of the Light will
leave the monastery and begin exploring the world of Irith,
following the path of goodness and learning about the concept of
good from everyone he meets. Once the monk feels he has learned
everything about good--which can take years--he returns home to
commune with Gharan-Dis again in a second trial. If Gharan-Dis feels
the monk is ready, he will brand the inside of the monk's left
forearm with a black eye to mark him as a Stalker of the Night.
The newly created Stalker of
the Night will leave once more and roam the land, learing all that
he can about the ways of evil. This is the most trying time for a
monk as he strives to become a master, for the lure of evil often
corrupts the stalker, who abandons Gharan-Dis. Those who maintain
their faith in the face of their newfound knowledge will return home
and face their final trial with their god. If found worthy, the monk
receives a gray eye on the middle of his chest below his throat.
Masters have demonstrated
that they have mastered an understanding of good and evil and now
stand in balance between the two (the gray between the white and the
black). They usually retire to a monastery to become a Master of the
Body. Later, they become Masters of the Mind and finally Masters of
The monks have been taught
to shun magic, which is considered a corrupter of men and a crutch.
With that in mind, they are taught to fear and respect wizards.
Since priests of other deities are bestowed with holy magic by their
gods, monks do not look at them as quite the corrupted individuals
that wizards are because the power comes from the wise gods
Torin is the protagonist. He
is tall, lanky and skilled in the ways of the Khorimaas--the
practice of honing the body, mind and spirit.
He is headstrong and
somewhat wayward, with an extreme curiosity for everything around
him. He loves life and looks forward to becoming a man and exploring
Irith to crack its mysteries. He also has another interest that
His irreverance toward his
god--Gharan-Dis--has drawn the notice of his brothers, sisters, and
Torin's best friend, Quire
is young by elven standards. More like humans than elves in his
mannerisms, Quire has a propensity to crack wise. He also takes
great joy in demonstrating his knowledge on a variety of subjects.
Quire supports Torin,
although he doesn't always agree with where his friend is going or
how he intends to get there.
Aisha is the same age as
Torin and Quire and is also on the verge of adulthood. She has
always found ways to be around Torin, mainly out of curiosity for
what trouble he's currently in.
She also takes joy in irking
him at times, although of late she has begun to show that she likes
Gaius is a wizard, which the
monks of Gharan-Dis have been taught to fear and respect. Torin,
however, is quite curious about him and magic.
He is a man who is disliked
by the people of Morahn, a town he lives in near the monks'
He is a few years older than
Torin and has a rather reserved and cynical outlook on those around
Below is the outline I have for a
nine book series, which begins January 1, 2013. With hard work and a
little luck, each succeeding book
will be released within a year. Click on the
books below to bring up more information on each one.
The Walker Chronicles
Shadows of the
Legends of the