Flesh of the Blood
In the compelling read that is the Flesh of the Blood series, the reader will encounter a world like Lord of the Rings but with events set on a distant planet of Marn, lost in time. As things unfold the reader will encounter creatures from elves, dwarves, druids, warriors, and rangers, as well as creatures from Germanic, Celtic and Russian Mythology.
King Dia has worked and battled for years to shape a kingdom where humans, dwarves, elves, giants, magicians and Druids can dwell in relative peace. Tensions still exist, which is why every year he invites the best of these inhabitants to his city state of Brigini’i to compete in the Great Games. There, they demonstrate their skills at battle, magic and thievery. King Dia then challenges the winners to join together on a quest to find a treasure or accomplish some great task. Upon success, the King rewards them handsomely. King Dia also hopes the Games will lead to stronger alliances among the peoples of his kingdom, so they will gladly join with him to protect their common lands against the occasional threat of warlike orcs.
The story unfolds Dark elves in the service of Methnorick kidnap King Dia’s daughter, Shermee, from the family castle. Simultaneously, a Cyclops leads the orc and goblin army westward towards Brigini’i City, destroying towns and laying waste to everything in its wake. Now that invasion is upon them and his daughter has been abducted, King Dia decides that the challenge for the winners of the Games is to rescue his daughter while he and his son rally their allies to fight the invasion.
Flesh of the Blood, Book 1, leaves readers at the height of suspense. Two groups of winners are sent in different directions in search of the Princess Shermee while the invading army reaches Brigini’i City, wreaking total destruction that leaves little hope for the future…until the cover of the second book is opened.
About E.A. Channon (Portland, Oregon Author)
E.A. Channon was born into an aristocratic family in Carlisle, a small city in northwest England. His English father was a career military officer in the British Armed Forces, so the family moved extensively, resulting in E.A. actually growing up in several states in the USA.
His Scottish/German mother, who was a music teacher, did her best to teach him how to play piano, starting at the tender age of three, but E.A., who had not yet been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, found that it was just not for him. When he was four, E.A. and his family traveled overseas to visit their English relatives. During that trip he took walks along the seashore with his grandfather as he played on the great highland bagpipes. E.A. was entranced by the haunting music that wafted to the sea. When he returned the following year, his perceptive grandfather gave him a small rehearsal device made of silver and African Black Wood called a chanter (that E.A. still has to this day), so that he could learn to play as well. His grandfather cleverly explained, that unlike the piano, which had fifty-two notes, the bagpipes had only nine and were very portable, allowing you to leave the room quickly if your performance displeased the audience. So, by the time E.A. was five, with his grandfather’s help, he had made the transition from piano to bagpipes and has never looked back.
E.A.’s immediate family always lived in very large houses, but castles and moats are part of the Channon family heritage and there are still lively discussions to this day about who will inherit which castle. Service to their country, either in battle or Parliament, was also part of the heritage, though there was one ancestor who was also an inventor - Sir John Harrington. He built the first water closet, a.k.a. flush toilet, which was financed by another relative, Nigel Huddleston. This “invention” was then presented to Queen Elizabeth I during the late 1500’s. Fortunately, years later, when E.A. met her namesake, Queen Elizabeth II, it was under quite different circumstances.
On vacation with his family near Balmoral, England, summer residence of the royals, the ten-year-old E.A. had now been playing bagpipes for five years. Without any advance warning, his grandfather and cousin, Paul Channon, who was then Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, told E.A. to don his kilt, grab his bagpipes and prepare to have some fun. With only a few tips on how to walk into and from the room, he was summarily ushered into the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to play for her. It was an honor no doubt, but a big surprise for E.A. Happily, everyone was pleased with his performance and so began E.A.’s personal ballad of a bagpiper.