The Writings of John Beachem
The novels of John Beachem: Trinity's Convergence, which is the first book in the trilogy, A Trinity of Flames. Storms of Vengeance and The Hunter and the Marked, which are the first two books in the ongoing series, The Lorradda Stone.
Magic has vanished from the world. Whereas once every living person could wield the powers of the arcane as easily and naturally as breathing, those days ended in a flurry of fire and destruction that has left the world a shell of its former, glorious self. For generations, the survivors have struggled to find new ways to live with only mundane tools and abilities as they fight over resources and artifacts of the old world.
For Miryam and her family, survival means trade: moving across the lands by wagon and bartering for their livelihood. They stay away and apart from the conflicts that surround them, but a chance encounter with a stuttering, nebbish scholar changes everything. Finding herself caught in a lengthy, brutal struggle between two rival clans, Miryam now faces an uncertain future that may mean leaving everything she knows and loves behind. Worse, it means considering that her encounter may not have been chance, but the beginning of a preordained series of events that will lead her to become the savior of the world, or the one who finishes what the flames of magic started so long ago.
Storms of Vengeance
It is a time of tremulous peace in the kingdom of Faranin. Centuries of bloody warfare have finally ended, and the lands have been united under one crown. This delicate balance is threatened when a daring attack on the capital leaves a prominent councilman dead, a host of unanswered questions, and indications that not everyone is content to live in peace. For Calton Relanas and Ratel Eresgot, two young guardians of the city, the attack signifies something else: opportunity. For Calton, it has given him the chance to show he is more than a simple farm boy; for Ratel, it means the opportunity to succeed without the aid of his famous family name--the chance to prove that he can make it on his own.
Yet, what first appears to be an isolated incident soon turns into something far more complex--and insidious. Political backstabbing, greed, and ambition have combined with the forbidden art of magic to create a mystery and a threat deeper than anyone can suspect. A long-planned series of events has been set in motion, and time is running out. Both men race to uncover secrets buried beneath blood and time, intent on solving a mystery centuries in the making. Neither is prepared for the journey they will embark on, or for the dangers that await them. In a kingdom where everyone has something to hide and nothing is as it seems, the only certainty is that the storms of vengeance are coming.
The Hunter and the Marked
The Storms of Vengeance are upon you. The end is here. The last words of a dead man haunt the people of Terne, driving some to despair while others convince themselves nothing is amiss and cling to an increasingly desperate dream of peace. Captain Toren, nursing injuries both physical and emotional, buries himself in his work, delving deeper into the assassination of Relex Unara, and the mystery of who is behind the unfolding events. As the countdown to the day of reckoning continues, his search leads him and those he holds dear deeper and deeper into a web of deceit and betrayal more dangerous than he can imagine.
Far to the north, unknown to those in Terne, a far different series of events is unfolding. Separated from their homes by the waters of the Karees River, Calton Relanas and his friends are devastated and nearly broken by the losses they have suffered and hardships they have faced. Still, they remain convinced they may be the only ones standing between their homeland and total destruction. Turning to the north, they brave the horrors of the jungle and its monstrous inhabitants in the hope that it holds the key to their kingdom’s salvation. Calton and his friends battle their way through lands more perilous than any battlefield, fighting both the dangers of the jungle and their own growing suspicions and misgivings about one another. As if the jungle itself were not enough, something or someone stalks them from the shadows of the trees. It watches their every move and studies their every choice; but is it someone hunting the same distant mark, ready to aid them in their quest; or is it someone who has an entirely different target in mind -- one much, much closer at hand.