One of the best new fantasy books around! The novel The Harbinger Awakens is the first book in the epic new fantasy adventure trilogy The Shard of the Old Ones by author C.D. Galluzzo.
What is it that makes this novel one of the best new fantasy books to hit the fiction scene in a while? The answer is simple. Author C.D. Galluzzo went to painstaking lengths to insure that The Shard of the Old Ones: The Harbinger Awakens doesn’t fall victim to the typical pitfalls of the fantasy genre. The books in this trilogy stay true to the Epic/High Fantasy standards set long ago by legends like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and William Morris. Aerthun is a deep, thriving world with a rich history and a life of its own that always seems to suggest that there is much more happening beyond the boundaries of the page. The scope of the tale is so massive in scale that readers will feel that there is ample room for them to quest right along side the heroes. The story is written in expertly crafted prose that transcends the stigma of the fantasy genre and would be worthy of sharing a shelf with any modern day best-seller. Galluzzo created a powerful narrative voice that, despite being modernized and easy to read, still feels as though it conjures an air of the past. Readers will be drawn in by the vivid descriptions of broad, sweeping landscapes and detailed accounts of intense action and combat sequences. Strictly adhering to the principles of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” – the same principles followed by George Lucas when he created Star Wars – C.D. Galluzzo has crafted an intense epic with complex and rich characters that is sure to enthrall any fantasy fan.
Drawing on influences from the Old Norse tales of Ragnarok laid out in the Prose and Poetic Eddas, the characters and events of The Shard of the Old Ones trilogy echo traditional mythology while redefining those tales and forging an entirely new mythology of their own. Readers will get the sense that the world of Aerthun existed long before the events of these books, and that it will exist long after they end. C.D. Galluzzo’s aim wasn’t to write a simple story, it was to create a whole new fantasy world – a canvas for many tales to come, and characters that will resonate in the halls of history until the ends of days.
Fantasy fans will not be let down. This trilogy has everything that a true fantasy lover is looking for in a book: memorable characters, intense action, vivid landscapes, mysterious dungeons, big battles, bigger monsters, crushing tragedies, witty comic relief, love, death, suspense, war, and a plot so deep that once you fall in, the only way out is to ravenously read your way to the last page. So keep your eye on this website. There will be updates and previews abound, along with blog posts by C.D. Galluzzo and a forum where you can join with the author and fellow fans to discuss The Shard of the Old Ones: The Harbinger Awakens and why it is one of the best fantasy books around!