Wynn Farmer is a simple man with a complicated life. A lightning-mage, it is his task to protect the people of Neveyah from the bizarre and dangerous creatures rumored to haunt the Northern trade road.
When peaceful villagers begin vanishing, the trail of evidence leads Wynn and his companions high into the Mountains of the Moon, to a ruined castle, revealing a deadly secret.
Danger, mystery, and dark prophecies, lie deep in a gauntlet of jagged peaks and deadly traps.
Who will survive when the Bull God demands his due?
The Gods are at War, and Neveyah is the Battlefield.
In the universe where the series Tower of Bones takes place there are twelve gods and goddesses, the chief of whom are the Almighty Father and the Mother of all. The Almighty Father is the sun around which the ten worlds revolve and the Mother of All is the moon, who holds up the the sky beneath which the ten worlds are sheltered. The stars that light up the night are but the reflections of the worlds, cast upon the waters of the sky. It is in the joining of the Almighty Father and The Mother of All that the universe was created. Their children are the gods and goddesses of the ten worlds, each god and goddess so entwined with his or her world that their physical bodies become the world. Each God and Goddess exists in a multitude of forms. They appear in dreams in the form they choose, and they communicate their wishes via this medium. The interactions of each God or Goddess with people of their worlds are intimate and yet restricted by certain laws of the physical universe. They cannot intercede directly but must act through their chosen people. A day comes when an eleventh world appears, and a new God is born. This world is not a child of the Universe, but is a 'cuckoo'--a child planted in the nest for other parents to raise. This upsets the balance of the worlds, changing the universe. The new God, Tauron, is alone, as there is no goddess born to be his mate. After eons alone, Tauron descends into madness. He decides to kill Ariend, the Mountain God, and take his wife, Aeos, for his own. Aeos finds her husband sealed in the tomb of Tauron's making, but still alive. She chooses to fight for her husband, and resist Tauron, thus escalating a war with him. In the book, Tower of Bones, Edwin Farmer is the chosen hero of the Goddess Aeos, just as the mad priest, Stefyn D'Mal, is the chosen hero of Tauron, the Bull God.
Mountains of the Moon, the prequel to the Tower of Bones series is now in the second draft stage. The first draft of the manuscript topped out at 138,832 words, and will most likely be trimmed down a bit from that. It was one heck of a fun book to write.
Wynn Farmer has one adventure after another, dragging a young Rall Ivarsson and Jules Brendsson into scrape after scrape, none of them intentional, and all of them hilarious.
A new character, Devyn D'Mal is introduced in MOTM. He is the younger brother of King Daxyn, birth-father of my favorite insane priest of the Bull God, Stefyn D'Mal. Handsome, witty and somewhat of a bad-boy as are the other three men, Devyn is an earth-mage.
Wynn himself is the polar opposite of his rather well-behaved grandson Edwin.
The search is still on for the artwork for the cover, and work continues in regard to fine tuning the maps and appendices. A Glossary is in the works for all the Neveyah books.
Work has picked up again on book three of the Tower of Bones series, Valley of Sorrows. The basic plot has been laid out, with the beginning, middle and end, and now I am just expanding on the actual story, connecting the dots.
Work is rapidly progressing on the prequel to the Tower of Bones Series. I am currently writing the final battle scene, and my trusted friend Irene is reading and checking for inconsistencies as I go. Once I have the MS done to the best of my ability it will go to the fabulous Carlie Cullen and we will begin the editing process. By late this year, this book will be published if we stay on track as we are now.
The bad-ass in this tale is a Minotaur, Kandek.
Kandek is the Highest Priest of the Bull God, Tauron, and he is terrifying. His own people wet their pants when he turns his eyes toward them.
In the world of Neveyah, Minotaurs are the Soldiers of Tauron. They were born normal men, but they've proven by their strength and physical prowess that they are worthy to undergo the terrible ritual that changes them from a normal man to a Minotaur.
The only way for man born into the culture of Serende, Tauron's world, to marry or own property is for him to rise through the ranks of the Legions of Tauron. Thus, every boy trains from birth to be a warrior, and every boy undergoes the Remaking at the age of fourteen, or the age of majority in their culture.
This is why the Legions of Tauron seem to be endless to our embattled heroes in later books. Tauron has no need to use finesse in matters of warfare--he uses sheer numbers overwhelm the opposition.
I am very close to having the entire first draft of this story done.
Work is progressing on the Mountains of the the Moon, the prequel to Tower of Bones. The editing has begun on the first chapters, and the writing of the final chapters is being finished as we speak.
We've found the art for the cover, and will be revamping the original Map of Neveyah for the whole series when Mountains of the Moon is published. New maps have been begun as well as expanded appendices.
Mountains of the Moon is Wynn Farmer's story. A reluctant hero, this the tale of Wynn's adventures with Rall Ivarsson, who, at the time of Tower of Bones is the elderly, beloved and respected leader of the Temple of Aeos. Wynn and Rall go questing along with Jules Brendsson, and Devyn D'Mal. I confess I've fallen in love with these men!
Wynn Farmer was one of the more interesting characters to write, as were his companions. Mountains of the Moon is in many ways a comedy and takes place in a happier time, when the Lords of D'Mal still ruled the Valley of Mal Evol with kindness and love for the land and the people. The events foreshadow much of what occurs in the Tower of Bones series, and figure largely in John Farmer's story, which is emerging in the writing of Valley of Sorrows, the third and final book in the Tower of Bones series.
Muad'Dib byJosé María Pérez Nuñez from Buenos Aires, Argentina