"Advent of Darkness" - Award-Winning Adventure is the First Story of New Fantasy Series

PHILADELPHIA - July 18, 2014 - PRLog -- Combining dramatic fantasy and exhilarating action and adventure, this thrilling sword and sorcery novel sets a new standard for epic fantasy. Advent of Darkness won the 2014 Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Fantasy and was a 2014 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction-Fantasy. The book was also chosen an NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for summer 2013.

Advent of Darkness represents the origination story of the epic new fantasy series that includes The Return of the Ancient Ones, and is part of The Chronicles of Illúmaril. Styled after the timeless Lord of the Rings series, this sweeping novel is packed with action and adventure that will instantly hook science-fiction and fantasy fans everywhere. Sword and sorcery at its finest, this captivating tale takes readers on an amazing journey through intense conflict in an awe-inspiring new world. With its huge scope and thrilling adventure, this book deserves a place in every reader’s collection.

When archaeologist John Gideon is transported from Earth by a tall, strange man clothed in ornate red robes, he finds himself a stranger in a different world. Unbeknownst to him, the world of Illúmaril is the birthplace of his ancestors and where he truly belongs! Meeting the archmaster wizard Ragan, John is taken under the wizard’s wing as a ward and student to begin his journey exploring this strange new world.

From gnomes, elves, and menfolk, to surprising new creatures, John is befriended by all, as he reestablishes his connection to his ancestor’s home world and begins to learn the truth. Hidden on Earth as a child, John’s true importance is only beginning to reveal itself as this foreign place becomes home. With his life turned upside down, John continues to learn about his past, and more importantly, of the vital destiny he must fulfill.

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ADVENT OF DARKNESS (ISBN: 978-1-47007-913-0) is now available for $19.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website. It is also available in Kindle edition for $9.95. https://www.createspace.com/3798656 or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

About the Author: Born in Philadelphia, Gary Caplan earned three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, later earning a medical degree and a master’s in public health. He is a practicing physician, serves part-time in the army reserves as a preventive medicine officer, and has published articles in medical journals. Dr. Caplan’s interest in science fiction and fantasy began as a young man; however, it wasn’t until he had been practicing medicine for several years that he began to write his own stories. What first began as a hobby has now flourished into publishing both science fiction and sword and sorcery novels in his spare time. His other books include The Return of the Ancient Ones, The Phoenix Rising, and Talcon Star City.

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