Anawyn by Edward Emerson

>> Friday, October 17, 2014

A reality where the practice of magic is the norm, armored knights are a common sight, and creatures that are known only from myth and legend roam freely around the countryside.

Jason Harrison led a relatively uneventful, and somewhat predictable life as a machinist in New England. All that changed after he caught the attention of a powerful sorcerer from a different reality who recognized Jason as a descendant of a family who had been banished long ago from his reality. A reality where the practice of magic is the norm, armored knights are a common sight, and creatures that Jason knows only from myth and legend roam freely around the countryside.

One night a travel conduit opens inside Jason’s home. A woman calls out for his help. He apprehensively steps through. The next morning, he wakes up to find himself twenty years younger, in a different reality, and surrounded by dwarfs, centaurs, elves, and dragons.

He quickly realizes that these different races don’t seem to be getting along all that well. Mistrust and accusations are flowing around him at every turn. Not only is this new country of Anawyn suffering from a lot of internal strife between the different races, but it is also on the brink of war with a terrifying, cruel enemy. One that is bent on the enslavement of all of Anawyn’s people and the exploitation of her natural resources.

While struggling to deal with all of the changes thrust upon him, Jason must also try to come to grips with two new companions: a wise-cracking lynx, who communicates with him telepathically, and a beautiful and powerful sorceress named Duncan. Together, the three of them seek to sew good relations between all of Anawyn’s people, getting them to put aside their many differences to focus on a threat much greater than any the country has had to face before.

About Edward Emerson

About the Author

Edward Emerson lives Massachusetts with his wife and three cats. He developed a love of reading while in fourth grade, after being given a copy of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to ‘practice’ his reading on. That quickly morphed into a love for science fiction and fantasy. His interest in fantasy peaked while in high school after being assigned Thomas Mallory’s ‘Le Morte d’Arther’. That one assignment opened the flood gates for fantasy books, short stories, and movies, planting the seeds to create his own fantasy world.

He put that desire on hold while he obtained employment in the manufacturing industry, where he remained for many years. After finding little satisfaction with the kinds of manufacturing jobs available in New England he transitioned into the construction industry. That turned out to be a good fit for him, and he was able to remain employed for some time, until the economy imploded in the mid two thousands, and the bottom dropped out of the construction industry. He then found himself unemployed, and wondering where to turn next for a paycheck.

After being unemployed for a few months, and working temporary gigs when he could land them, his wife suggested he revisit his desire to write a book. After doing some research together, and buying a few books on writing and publishing, he was finally able to sit down and start writing Anawyn. At that same time, he was attending some computer training classes available through the unemployment office. He completed the program, worked some more temporary gigs, and finally landed a permanent, full-time job as a System Administrator. He currently spends his spare time writing, playing paint ball with friends, and tinkering with his ‘70 Pontiac and bringing it to the occasional car show. At last count, had the first drafts of three more Anawyn books completed and ready for their first round of editing. He hopes to continue writing, and desires to one day become a full-time writer.

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