Do the Gods Give Us Hope?

The Prayer for Peace saga continues as war erupts across Tellus.  In the third book of this series, the humans of Kentar and the last elven kingdom of Armena march toward war, convinced of their righteousness, neither side realizing the Talon Thieves Guild is behind the curtain pulling the strings.

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The elven companions have defeated the Talon Guild at the Old Shetley Fortress, but not before three of their own were slain.  Judged by the God of the Dead, one was damned for eternity, another was forsaken by his god, and the third was resurrected to serve as his god’s chosen instrument on Tellus.  The companions have unknowingly allowed a double agent of the Talon Guild to join their ranks under the guise of being a friend.  They have unwittingly served the will of an ancient dragon by opening a gateway to the Plane of Chaos, directly linking the heavens above with the mortals below.

Now the story continues as gods, nations, and mortals battle for control of Tellus.  The elven brothers, once an inseparable pair, now fight among themselves to save the First Heir, while the most powerful wizard on Tellus plans to use the royal blood in the First Heir’s veins to destroy Armena.

 

The companions will face an angel from the heavens, fight a vampire known only in legend, get recaptured by the Guild, decide the fate of Kentar, and by extension, refashion the war against Armena.  They alone will give the ring a final resting place, determine the fate of the gem and the wizard trapped within, endure the scrutiny of the Sorcerers of Kentar, and realize the true power of a dragon’s revenge.  All of these things they will face for the slim chance that the gods will give them hope.

Insights Behind Book #3 of A Prayer for Peace

The writing for Book #3 began immediately after the publication of Book #2.  Do the Gods Give Us Hope? is nearly as long as the first two volumes put together, coming in at 175,000 words.  The story takes place largely in the Kingdom of Kentar, with the main characters stopping at Locus, Jewlian, Talon Guild Headquarters, the Royal Palace, and the Sorcerers Academy.  The book starts out with journal entries made by the High Wizards of Kentar over the last thousand years.  Although this section is first in the book, it was the last chapter to be written, and one of my favorite parts of the book.  My favorite series of all time is the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, and anyone who knows that series loves the Encyclopedia Galactica entries at the beginning of each story.  I have tried to duplicate that effect in Books 2 and 3, and will do so again with Book 4.  The initial entries for Book 2 were from the elves perspective, specifically the Philosophers, while the entries for Book 3 were from the humans perspective, specifically the Sorcerers Academy.  So for Book 4, what is the one nation level group that has not been represented?  If you guessed the Talon Thieves Guild then you would be right.  My intent for Book 4 is to have it begin with journal entries written by the Guildmaster himself.

I desperately hope you enjoy the third volume in the series.  Let me know your thoughts on Amazon, Goodreads, or send me an email.