The Chronicles of Baltrath - The Dark Wizards

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Ten thousand years ago the Dark Wizards defeated Rava Zool, the Great Dragon. With time the wizards became divided in their primary purpose of keeping Rava Zool incarcerated for all eternity.
Now, in order to prevent his emancipation, the few faithful Dark Wizards must unite their forces with Baltrath’s most unlikely populace; including the brooding Kithian warrior known as the Son of Zemth.

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Words: 167,560
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452304953
About Gary Kuyper

Gary Kuyper began his professional literary career writing self-help and general interest articles for Daan Retief Publishers who produced a monthly book for their woman’s club called Woman’s Forum. These articles would sometimes require research and had titles as diverse as The Human Brain and Body Painting!

Being a professional photographer on a part-time basis Gary has also managed to have his articles on photography (With accompanying photographs) published in books and magazines. He has also done some free-lance photography and photojournalism projects for numerous local newspapers.

Over the past four years he has constantly managed to be one of the top finalists in the Nova Short Story Competition (A competition for budding writers of science fiction and/or fantasy).
Last year (2009) Gary had the pleasure of seeing The Devil's Little Tadpoles grace the pages of the local SF & Fantasy Fanzine Probe.

He is an avid film buff and amateur film maker. A few years ago I managed to take first prize in the SA Ten Best Film Makers Competition with a short film entitled The Crimson Cobra - An action-packed martial arts / superhero movie using some of the very talented local artists.

He is a qualified prosthetics make-up artist and has used this talent on both amateur and professional productions. He has also appeared on television in a youth program especially made for enlightening people in the art of special effects make-up.

Gary has a rather excellent general knowledge being not only an avid writer but reader of any material that is able to stimulate him cerebrally.
He taught himself Adobe Photoshop and has become adapt and proficient enough at utilizing the software to such a degree that he has managed to sell a number of creations to various institutes and organizations. He is particularly fond of a logo designed for the Krazy Mug Coffee Shop and several covers that have graced the front of Probe.

Gary has a vast knowledge of music and has appeared on the local Television Music Quiz Show Note for Note where he was able to win a substantial amount of prize money.

In 2008 he entered the SF / Fantasy Mini Radio Play Competition and took first prize with his The Adventures of Captain Max Power of the Intergalactic Police - an obvious homage to the early Flash Gordon radio series’. A number of skilled professionals are now planning to produce Max to CD and have it aired on a local radio station (SAfm).

All his literary and photojournalistic accomplishments have been done on a part-time basis due to the fact that his full time career is lecturing mathematics as well as engineering science at a Technical College. Although this is a most fulfilling profession, it has long been Gary's ideal to become a full-time writer – especially of fantasy, science fiction and horror novels.

He has recently published his first full-length fantasy novel - The Chronicles of Baltrath: The DARK WIZARDS.
As a considerable amount of time and effort has been expended in building the world of Baltrath, Gary has begun work on a sequel to The Dark Wizards.

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Review by: Lazlo Ferran on Nov. 22, 2010 : (no rating)
With the following sentence from the creation myth of the God Kith, 'It was ages ago, that the first of the great warriors dared to crawl forth from the mire of fear, and spat defiantly into the face of death', we are launched headfirst into the violently beautiful world of Baltrath. This is not Gary Kuyper's first novel but it is like an egg that emerges fully-formed and with the promise of many secret things within. First in a series(?) Baltrath creates for us a world which has faint echoes of both Tolkien and Norman (Gor) although the acute and unique sense of pace and ironic humour are entirely its own and grip one from the start. Groad, son of a famous warrior is looking for his own entré into the world of Warrior Immortality in the empire of Kith and soon meets up with Turpane, a waif-ette with a keen sense of her own destiny and a challenging, feisty wit. Together they launch a mission to wrestle a power-weapon from the keep of the Dark Wizard, Maggoth. The friendship is loaded with a totally believable friendship/sexual frisson, glazed with wry humour: I soon found myself warmed wholeheartedly to both their characters and the mission that opens this beautiful novel.

The author, although having a sharp vision of the world's geography and physical presence, seems most interested in culture and explores in depth the foundation of a culture he has imagined but which has verisimilitude I found hard to resist. A World where women's beauty is judged on the size of their eye-teeth? Oh yes. I am sure there will be many surprises and challenging contrasts with our own culture along the way for the reader of this excellent novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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