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The Girl and the Guardian Epic at Large – FREE for 9 days

(It HAD to be Nine days, of course…)

This is the FREE ebook only on Smashwords, where you can download it for any platform… all new edition of the text and many more coloured graphics too. And the glossaries, and lots of MAPS! Very useful for getting around on Aeden.

(It is on Amazon too http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Guardian-Apples-Aeden-ebook/dp/B003FMUXPM/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349780472&sr=1-3&keywords=girl+and+guardian, but their minimum price applies there – 99c).

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be looking for an alternative to rereading the Lord of the Rings for the 11th time – you/we/they know who they are… 🙂 Readership – 11 to 111 years.

This is pasted from the Smashwords page (link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499):

The Girl and the Guardian

Cover for 'The Girl and the Guardian'

By Peter Harris
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 08, 2012
Words: 211462 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301983193

Short description

Shelley is lost in a World once known as Aeden. The ancient Tree of Life is dying, and deadly Thornmen are hunting her. Someone else has been waiting for Shelley. He asks to be her Guardian on a perilous quest to save Aeden. The Thornmen are closing in as the Girl and the Guardian seek the faery refuge of Urak Tara. In the terrible Valley of Thorns they make a daring – and fateful – pact…

Extended description

Volume I of the 2000-plus page epic fantasy Apples of Aeden, twelve years in the making, [with brother John’s enduring support]… Newly edited in October 2012, with many new coloured maps and graphics throughout….(more on Smashwords. Go to the page HERE: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499)

If you download and enjoy it, any feedback (a like or a review or passing the link to friends) would be wonderfully appreciated! 2012 is the year this epic needs to be out – at the dawn of the Fifth Age!

oh and volume II is out, on kindle only. III to follow… IV is in edits. You won’t run out of this world if you happen to love it, for a long happy time. A LOT of bed-time reading here, though I say so myself.

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The Labyrinth and the Compass

English: AM 28 8vo, known as Codex runicus, a ...

English: AM 28 8vo, known as Codex runicus, a vellum manuscript from c. 1300 containing one of the oldest and best preserved texts of the Scanian law (Skånske lov), written entirely in runes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been carving a staff for Gary Cook for his upcoming opening night for the documentary on faery folk in New Zealand, ‘Voices from the Forest’. (See www.faeryrealms.com for news of this.) The task has been challenging, as not only is there the labyrinth of aesthetics to negotiate, and materials etc, but also the labyrinth of values, mythology and symbols. I have been learning a bit about the Norse runes,

Runes

Runes (Photo credit: spratmackrel)

and the mythology behind them. Odin was an heroic seeker of the runes, impaling himself on the World Tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights in order to get the runes. It struck me after reading the Women’s encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets that indeed he didn’t invent them, but ‘won’ them (by imitating the travail of women in childbirth, traditionally 9 days being the time of a mother’s seclusion, the article tells us). So, wheels within wheels… Did he supplant the goddess, wrongly? Or does every artist have to sacrifice ‘himself to himself’ as Odin says of himself on the Tree? In order to win for himself the runes of true art? Or should we emulate Bragi, who became the greatest bard of all by letting Idunn his wife carve the runes on his tongue?

An 1886 depiction of the indigenous Norse God ...

An 1886 depiction of the indigenous Norse God Odin by Georg von Rosen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, we can’t blindly trust any hero to tell us what to do, no matter if they are the ‘All-father’ Odin himself. We must bring our moral compass as well as an open mind, to all our encounters with gods and goddesses, no less than with ‘ordinary’ mortals. We are in a labyrinth – it is called Life on Earth. That’s an exciting adventure, the stuff of page-turning epics. We need that compass, though.

I think this is what makes a good Story: it has the twists and turns and blind alleys of a labyrinth, but also the author is showing the heroes and heroines using their moral compasses, trying to steer a straight course morally while dealing with the chaos of the unfolding multi-dimensional labyrinth of life.

I was up to here this morning in my (re)reading of Lord of the Rings. Gandalf at the last debate says:

“Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

So, we have it from the greatest wizard of all Middle Earth: the defense of the True West is a matter of weeding the fields set before us. And we need that moral compass, to tell what may be weed and what be wheat – or some other good plant!

 

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There are more things in Heaven and the Middle Realm…

Today I felt privileged to wave a blogger’s wand and manifest a couple of websites for Gary Cook – ready for lots of magical content. Have a look at this :

http://www.faeryrealms.com

here’s the header as I did it tonight anyway:

And it was great to find this domain available for Gary: http://www.middlerealms.com. Not populated yet, but soon will be. I loved the name. Middle Earth was Tolkien‘s term, but Middle Realms has a magical ring to it while remaining Earth, here where we live, between the high and the low, heaven and earth.

finally, watch for news of the upcoming documentary, Voices from the forest, about alleged encounters with NZ‘s own faery folk. And some surprising footage that may change some people’s minds about the existence of the fair folk…

 

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