Published by Blue Star Publishing on September 14th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Lasandria: an ancient, advanced civilisation, consigned to oblivion by the greed and power-lust of its own people. The coming apocalypse heralds the arrival of a new evil that will ravage the world of Alanar for an entire age. Yet on the eve of Lasandria's destruction, the ethereal overseers of the mortal realm grant a dispensation -- a promise of hope for the future. That hope lies with an orphaned teenager named David, born some ten thousand years later; a boy whose isolated and uncertain existence leads him on a journey upon which hinges the fate of not just his world, but countless others. On the run from a brutal military force, David's quest is one born of shattered dreams and tainted by the thirst for revenge. As an inter-dimensional war that has been waged since the beginning of time threatens to consume his world, the dark force that destroyed Lasandria lurks in the shadows, ready to take possession of the one thing that will either save or destroy Alanar -- David.
“I am returning home, David. My sojourn in this realm nears its end.”
“I kind of hoped that you’d come with us,” David admitted. If anyone could help them along their journey it would surely be Balaska.
“In a sense I will,” she said with a smile. “You need only ever close your eyes, call my name and I will be there.”
The warmth of her smile and the sweetness of her voice somehow touched David’s heart. In her presence, his pain and anguish seemed to temporarily melt away. But there was something urgent upon his mind. He had a question he had to ask her now. It couldn’t wait any longer. “You seem to know just about everything. So please, Balaska, tell me this…who am I?” He paused. “I need to know where I’m from and why I was abandoned as a baby. And why the Key is now in my possession…”
“These questions I cannot yet answer for you.”
David couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He stared at her, waiting for her to continue, to explain further. “Some answers cannot simply be given,” she said. “They must be discovered for oneself and sometimes even fought for. The journey you now embark upon will eventually yield the answers you seek. For you seek not only the City of Lorden and the Key—you seek yourself.”
“I don’t understand.”
“In time you shall. The path on which you now set out is a path of initiation. You will learn much, you will experience much and you will become much. Only then will you find answers to your questions. It is not an easy path you now tread, but it is a necessary one; a journey to wholeness.”
David found himself nodding as her words began to sink in. This wasn’t the answer he wanted, but somehow it was an answer he could accept, for now.
Balaska took a step toward him, her golden-white robes swishing behind her as she moved. She reached up and placed her hand gently upon his cheek as she gazed into his eyes. “There is much pain within you,” she said. “You must be strong. You must not let it cloud your judgement.” Her voice began to rise as she continued. “You have been through much and much yet lies ahead of you. Be brave, David, and have faith in the knowledge that you are not alone. You have the power of Infinity itself supporting you. But you must reach out to it; you must allow yourself to open to it. We can only help you to the extent that you help yourself.”
She withdrew her hand and he immediately missed the warmth of her touch. “You will face great adversity along your way,” she said, a note of solemnity slipping into her voice. “You will have choices to make…and you must be careful, for you will be enticed to make the wrong decisions. And there will come a time…a time when you must be willing to sacrifice everything in order to achieve your goal…”
Her words struck a chord of fear in him. “Acknowledge your fear,” she said. “And move beyond it. You must master the inner world before you have any hope of mastering the outer world. It is imperative that you relinquish your doubt, your anger and hatred; for that is what will ultimately destroy you.”
She took a step back. She was about to leave; he could feel it. He didn’t want her to go.
“Remember that I am with you, always,” she said. “Remember…”