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The Woodcutter King

 

                  A Novel

                          byÆrick Graham  

 
 

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The whilom Wardens of Wudelic woods are watchers and sentinels of the wild. Their roots run deep like the oaks and elders. Proud as towering pines. Their history is as an old language etched into ruins, they are now known as the Woodcutters.

Eerie for their Ghost-lights, glowing orbs that sit on their brow, folks are not sure what to make of them. The patriarch, Alaric, is a descendant of the first Warden, having the ear of the woodland goddess, Lhodyn. She is the embodiment of all that is wild - capricious at best, vindictive at worse.

War descends over Alaric’s village as borderland marauders murder and enslave all. In reaction, Lhodyn seizes the village children and hides them within her woodland realm. Alaric is now faced with a hard choice, to remain and endure certain brutality while he searches for the young ones or flee with the remainder of his family, their best chance for survival.

the land of Nine swords

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nine immortals armed with celestial swords

were sent by the source power, Ilpha, to assassinate the fallen gods.

They failed and the world remains broken and cursed.

Their legendary weapons lost to memory...

(more to come)

 
 
 

Seared by the magic in words and tales

I grew up on the west coast, from the high deserts of southern California to the Oregon woodlands. I now call the Portland area home.

I haven't always wanted to write. I haven't always liked reading (gasp!), but The Hobbit changed all of that in the 6th grade. Raised on a diet of D&D, comics, manga and 80's sword 'n' sorcery films, I experience life through a persistent reverie that only a fantasy lover can understand.

I graduated from Portland State University with an English Literature degree and the dream of writing the kind of stories that transformed my childhood. Now it’s my obsession.

Publishing The Woodcutter King is in some ways, the end of a journey, and the beginning of another… my own Bildungsroman (as the literati say).
I humbly scribble beneath the shadows of giants: Rothfuss, Sanderson, Lynch and Martin. My favorites to name a few. I strive to create compelling characters, stories and settings inspired by folklore and legend, augmented by my personal idiosyncrasies and whimsy. My approach to storytelling is simple, if it doesn't feel authentic or true, I have failed creating efficacious art.

I draw my inspiration from many sources. Books, of course. Movies. Illustrations. Video games too. This is a superb time to be a fantasy fan, as it seems embedded in so many areas.

If you are a believer in hidden and shadowed worlds where spirits dwell in woodlands, rivers and mountains, I invite you to partake in the object of my obsession, the story of a humble woodcutter and an ancient forest, Wudelic.
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