This book is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Savvy younger readers may also read it.
The Fallen Lord knows how the stories are told: an unlikely hero will gather a member of every race and every nation to discover his dark secret and cause his defeat.
But the Fallen Lord has discovered a new tactic, and has made sure this group can never gather.
And now Adal, the most unlikely of heroes, an old,
world-weary man, must lead those who survive.
But will the stories be satisfied with the company he leads?
Has the Fallen Lord at last found a way to conquer the Storied Lands by turning the very tales against them?
Jonathon Mast has woven a tale where stories come alive. Their telling narrates the world around them, giving heroism to the brave or bringing evil to power. Mast brings a distinctive and varied cast along into an unusual quest, led by an aged king who carries his doubts in the folds of his robes. This rich and epic adventure shows us the power of imagination and the influence of true friends, and how the combination enhances our courage and gives us strength.
"This is an engaging and enjoyable book with many unexpected twists and trials.
The characterizations are wonderful and fit the storyline almost too well.
Each character plays its part well."
~ Cynde Suite, The Library Journal
"The magic system is unique and fascinating...
the cast is diverse and well drawn...
Fantasy readers will appreciate the setting and genuine sense of camaraderie among the characters..."
~ Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jonathon Mast watched ThunderCats for the amazing stories. He wanted to know the stories behind all the toys he had growing up. A video game wasn't worth playing if there wasn't a story involved. He started telling stories on the bus to the other kids on the way to and from school. As he got older, he wrote these stories down. He doesn't just like stories, but stories about stories. He and his wife often argue about stories: what makes stories good? What makes them fail? They'll often over-analyze much of the media they consume.
Jon's stories have appeared in various anthologies, including four in A Celebration of Storytelling and two in Something Wicked This Way Rides from Dark Owl Publishing, and in magazines and on websites.
Jon currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and an insanity of children. (A group of children is called an insanity. Trust me.) Check out his website here.
I finished watching The Return of the King with my family. During the credits, the delicious song "Into the West" plays...
I felt a level of contentment with the story, how the characters said goodbye, that I couldn't put into words. Well, that was kind of dumb. I'm a writer. I should be able to put it into words!
So I hied me to a keyboard and decided to write a book that began with that feeling of contentment. And this sentence spewed out:
"We encamped that night at Garion Dawnsbrook."
Now, if you flip through The Keeper of Tales, you won't find that sentence anywhere. That's because what I wrote was... passable. However, a novel emerged, and with much editing and revising, eventually something good came forth!
I hope as you read The Keeper of Tales you remember why you love fantasy stories, why you relish the tropes you do, and what a character in a story might be like if they realized they were in a fantasy epic.
~ Jonathon Mast
What makes Jon's novel high fantasy, or epic fantasy?
Let's take a look at some information about the fantasy genre in general.
Subgenre Bingo - Epic Fantasy from Fantasy-Faction
What Makes 'Epic Fantasy' Epic? from Fantasy-Faction
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Cover wraparound image by Pam Cresswell at Little Hippie Mama.
Second and third images from Wallpaperplay - unknown artists - if you know please contact us!
Author Jonathon Mast
Storybook image by thommas68 on Pixabay
Frozen land image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay
Forest home image by Schmidsi from Pixabay
Moonlit mountains image by Yuri B from Pixabay