Four miles off the coast of Pitané, in the frigid blue waters of the Northern Lemurian Sea, a dolphin cut effortlessly through the waves. The dolphin had been swimming for nearly a day and realized his splitting headache was due to the fact he’d consumed no alcohol for even longer than that. But the freedom and pristine beauty of the ocean was almost enough to make him forget about his troubles and desire for drink—almost.
The dolphin dove beneath the water and scattered a large group of fish swimming in a complex formation. One day he would spend time studying how the fish were able to communicate with one another as they swam in formation that way. It was ingenious because it made them appear like a single large animal instead of a thousand small, tasty fish. The dolphin realized he hadn’t eaten in more than a day and was famished; so, he scooped up a dozen fish in his beak as he swam.
The dolphin looked up through thirty feet of water—the shimmering light from the sun was getting low in the western horizon; it would set soon. He turned upward and used his powerful tail to propel his sleek body toward the surface—he gained speed and pushed even harder as he approached the watery ceiling. He burst out of the water with enough force to climb more than ten feet into the air. But at the apex of his jump, rather than rotate and dive back into the water, the dolphin’s body shimmered and transformed into the shape of a bald eagle.
The great bird let out a loud, screeching cry, and it spread his powerful wings and took to the sky. He was grateful for the thick down feathers covering him, because the air was colder than
the water, yet he was still warm even though he was wet. The air rushing by quickly dried his feathers, and he climbed ever higher as he flew toward the shoreline.
Pitané was a small fishing village—there was a small general store, a cobbler, a blacksmith, an inn, and three taverns lining the single hard packed, dirt road. The eagle guessed no more than a thousand people lived and worked in the area surrounding the village. However, the little harbor was always busy with fishing boats and merchant vessels—the waters here produced the best crab, lobster, and tuna in all of Lemuria.
The eagle flew south of the village and perched on a tree overlooking the seldom used road that led from Pitané to Port Andrus—the fishing village some hundred leagues to the south. The eagle’s keen eyes quickly told him he was alone—at least as far as humans were concerned—so he glided down to the road and shimmered into his true form as he landed on the ground.
Lore master Gendul Rocknest quickly looked up and down the road, just to be sure he hadn’t been spotted—word would spread quickly if a lore master was seen here, and that was the last thing he wanted.
Title: Chaos Rising
Author: Perry Morris
The Lemurian Chronicles by Perry Morris is an epic fantasy that began in 2015 with the publication of Children of the Blessing. Readers all over the world have been enthralled with the gripping tale of Renn and Avaris—two boys who were marked by the gods to become powerful magic users. Chaos Rising, the eagerly anticipated second book of the Lemurian Chronicles, continues the exciting epic story.
Avaris travels into the heart of the Cragg Caves—the home of horrifying beasts, warlocks and demons—to rescue his sister and best friend from slave labor in the mines deep underground. But getting out of the caves alive is only the beginning of his troubles as he is hunted by an army of evil magic users and blood thirsty beasts who have been given the assignment to kill him before he learns to fully use his powers.
Renn (Demaris) is studying at the castle on Elder Island under the watchful eye and protection of the lore masters. But a traitor is in their midst who is being blackmailed by Shamael Daro, the new Grand Warlock, to carry out a single task—eliminate Renn.
Shamael’s power has increased significantly since taking on the mantle of Grand Warlock and he discovers the dark secret of how the most powerful Grand Warlock of all time, Nefarian Drakkas, nearly took total control of Lemuria more than two thousand years ago. He uses this secret to create a group of soulless, magic using spies and killers to do his bidding. His plan is simple; create chaos across the land so the dark forces of the Aven lore can destroy those who follow the gods of light once and for all.
Perry was born and raised in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. He is very happily married and has seven wonderful children and one grand-daughter. Perry works for a large, publically traded, international company in Provo, Utah, where he manages supplier management, procurement and packaging engineering functions. His first exposure to the great world of fantasy literature was, of course, J.R.R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, when he was fourteen. After that, he read the books of Patricia McKillap, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Stephen R. Donaldson, etc…Currently his favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. He loves the unique and interesting magic systems Brandon creates, the memorable characters and interesting stories.
Perry is an author every day for an hour during lunch. He actually began writing the Lemurian Chronicles in 1993, and after more than two decades of rewrites, editing, re-editing, etc… finally decided to “take the plunge” and publish his epic fantasy. Don’t worry; each additional installment will be released no more than eighteen months to two years apart.
Thanks for you interest in Perry and his works.
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