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Firestar – Deloran. A New Fantasy Series That Could Stir More Controversy than Harry Potter
FLORISSANT, Missouri - January 25, 2011 – What happens when you mix “Lord of the Rings,” “Chronicles of Narnia,” and magic-based combat on the scale of a Michael Bay movie? The world can only imagine, but that seems to be the recipe for one author's debut series he's titled “Firestar.”
The first book, subtitled “Deloran,” starts with the return of a powerful young man named Darrio who exploits in a two-century long war have makes him an outcast at home. As the story continues, however, a secret organization is uncovered whose ambition is to control the forces of magic, but nothing is what it appears to be.
“There's a lot of subtext,” says the 26-year-old author, David Harrell, who says he's been fostering the idea for several years, but it didn't start to hit book form until about two years ago. “The whole concept is based on a game idea I have, and there's a lot of foreshadowing in the first book. So far, just about everybody who's read it has liked it.” But David is not only the writer of the series. “I designed the cover myself and got the barcode and ISBN number on my own.” When asked why, he responded, “I didn't want other people owning my work.” The second entry in the series, subtitled “Advent,” has already been released.
So why the stir? The main character, Darrio, is bitter, swears, has a body count bigger than most action heroes, and uses magic in nearly all of his battles, but despite all of this, he remains...religious? “It's complicated,” the author responds. More complicated still is that the primary deity identified with the main character is not just any deity, but the very God of Christians all over the world. “I don't make any apologies for that, and I know some people are going to read it and get offended, but that's not what this is about.”
So what is it about? “It's a transformation story, but the kind of changes he has to go through isn’t easy or short. He's got a lot of stuff in his background, and I really don't like sugar-coating things.” When pressed on the mixing of magic and religion, the author had this to say. “I don't want people to misunderstand, but if I spill the beans now, part of the series will be spoiled, and one of the points will be missed.”
The two released entries are currently available on Amazon.com, and the author says he has already begun work on the third.
In the beginning was the Word followed by magic and war.
The Saline Realm was a land that captivated the world with its mastery over the forces of magic, but all of its relations with the world were tenuous at best. As their displays over the mysterious force grew in stature so did fear in the surrounding nations. There was curiosity from the north, caution from the south, indignation in the east, and ambition in the west. Conflicts arose, casualties were inflicted, and eventually, there was war.
During this two hundred year campaign, a figure of great power was raised whose influence turned the tides of battle in favor of Salia. His hands alone buried legions and turned entire armies of men to ask. His movements, swift and relentless, cut down more souls than could be counted. His eyes burned with indwelt rages and sorrows, and all who entered the fields of his wrath defended their lives in vain.
He was known throughout the seven realms as the Great Destroyer, and even those in his native land feared the power he held. He nevertheless fought with a faint hope burning deep within his hear. He would prevail in his endeavor, he would find acceptance, and he would not be alone.
The Magic War ended shortly after, and the Great Destroyer returned to the Saline Realm followed only bye his deeds and his captain, but the High Elders, leaders of the nation, greeted his return with a counterfeit celebration made at his expense. The mocked champion of Salia was embittered, and they gave him a new title and named on different in meaning than the titles given by his enemies. He was thenceforth known as Darrio Deloran, the Firestar of Salia.
Orphaned and deserted. A spirit is outcast.