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September 3, 2013 > Book release event - Come for the magic

Book release event - Come for the magic

The Hayward Book Shop is hosting a book signing party in honor of the release of Anthony DeRouen's debut novel "Precipice," an epic fantasy tale about two sisters driven to retrieve a stolen book of magic before its power can be harnessed for evil.

"Precipice" offers many intriguing elements to the reader including a dangerous hunt for a book of twisted power, thrilling sword battles and clashes of magic, relentless assaults from ruthless pirates, and the discovery of a companion from the most unlikely of places - the enemy's home front. At the very core of the book, however, stands the utter and complete failure of the world's underpinnings, and the hard choices the protagonists have to make in order to overcome them.

Readers are introduced to the world of Velyn through the eyes of Danika Del Ray, a young woman born with a rare gift that allows her to channel healing energies. Beyond her station as a mystical mender of wounds and eviscerator of disease, she holds a military officer's rank in a country not of her birth. The nations of Velyn have enjoyed relative peace for many years; trade between provinces runs high, and more importantly the trust between kings and lords is firm.

Underneath that blanket of peace, trouble stirs. Shorelines fall under siege, creatures of nightmare overwhelm strongholds, and the Book of Bel'al goes missing. These dark turn of events thrust Danika and her sister Kiruna into widespread conflict. Each sister embarks on a path to right the wrongs, but soon find themselves ensnared by the very laws and social mores that kept them safe all these years.

"Precipice" is the first act in the "A Show for the Gods" series. Four acts are planned with releases every one to two years. Beyond the release of paperbacks and e-books, DeRouen has also envisioned the trials of Danika and Kiruna on film. In 2011 he adapted a scene from "Precipice" into an eight-page script, hired local filmmaking talent, and transformed his Hayward garage into a 14th century dungeon. If the "A Show for the Gods" series garners enough attention, DeRouen pledges to push ahead with his dream of a feature-length presentation.

"Precipice" book signing
Saturday, Sept 7
2 p.m.
Hayward Book Shop
1007 B. St., Hayward
(510) 538-3943

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