Legend of the Orbis (Salvation of Cronia series)
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Three thousand years of peace is broken by an attack as an evil force spreads through the land. A group of survivors are forced on a perilous quest, facing an army of darkness, ferocious creatures and even nature itself, to find a legendary power that may be their only hope to save their world. But danger also lurks from within. They must learn to band together to prevent the reign of pure evil. More
An Epic sword and sorcery young adult fantasy series begins in the land of Juarel, in the world of Cronia...
Three thousand years of peace is shattered when the monasteries of the Caladons, priest-like warriors, are attacked by Krolls, the army of the evil being Molloch.
Griffin and Cassius, two Caladon students, evade death and find their dying Light Leader, Flavion, beside Ambrose, a middle-aged student.
"No," Flavion sputtered, "no infirmary. It is too late for me." He pointed to Griffin, then to the others, "But you...you must all make the journey." Grabbing Griffin's collar, he spasmed from another jolt of pain. As it passed, he pulled Griffin closer and looked deeply into his eyes. "You must all go. Seek the Orbis. It is the time of the prophecy. Only the Orbis can help us in this dark time. We have been forewarned..."
With the help of their tutor and fellow survivors, the students journey on a perilous quest, facing an army of darkness, ferocious creatures, and even nature itself. But danger also lurks from within. They must learn to band together to prevent Molloch's reign of pure evil.
Follow the young heroes as they journey against all odds to save their world. Their quest forces them to learn the nature of Molloch, an evil being that will stop at nothing to take over the world. They learn about the best and worst of human nature and have to overcome distrust and confusion aimed at destroying their good judgement.
Legend of the Orbis is the first book in the Salvation of Cronia trilogy.
Praise for the book:
"The quality of Gomes' writing is as crystalline clear as the finest engineering renderings...for lovers of young adult fantasy this book rates very high on the scale of competitors." -- GH
"The novel is a great read, it's fast paced and beautifully described. The author...writes well. His descriptions are clear and decisive. You get a distinct sense of the character's world and you are drawn into, perhaps pulled into the story...You are hooked from the very start, and will find that you cannot put the book down." -- S
"This adventure has an enjoyable pace that keeps you interested in the story, which is full of swordplay and magic...this book makes a great tale that makes me look forward to the rest of the series." -- A
"A page-turning fantasy novel that moves beyond 2D plot lines to weave a complex and thought provoking magical adventure. Be warned...this story hooks you in...first class storytelling!" -- LC
"I enjoyed the plot a lot, as it had many twists and turns, and you were constantly wondering, 'Who is the spy?' ... I will be looking forward to the next books in this trilogy.... One thing I really liked was the world, and how the characters seemed to make smart decisions that were more realistic then [sic] other fantasy books I have read." -- MQ
"The writing is good, the story moves along at a nice pace and the author develops the character and backstory for them and their quest very well. The descriptive prose is awesome and what is most impressive is it seems he actually thought about what a real life response would be to many of the situations the characters find themselves in." -- I
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