Enter the life of Jek – a humble lighthouse steward scratching out a living on the southern coast of Jast-Madiir. Along with his wife (whose name is Aaliyah… or was it Audrey?), Jek must daily meet the expectations of an iron-fisted dictatorship, a global dragon-Inquisition, and a clerical order of flying jellyfish-like creatures churning out new surveys at a dizzying pace. All-in-all, a fairly predictable tedium. But when any little demerit on his next inspection could cost him his life, it can be hard sometimes to keep from stressing out…
Of course, if Jek knew half the things at play just beyond his sleepy shores, he would be very stressed indeed. Neighboring Tophthaera is reeling under the Twin Queens’ civil war. To the north, insurrection threatens to claim the island of Maenea for the cause of “Free-Dome” – a very strange and unsettling new ideology. Even the stable nations must decide how to deal with the recent, accidental discovery of magic. And all the while, the threat of Onyxadon’s inevitable return clouds every counsel. Only the strength and wisdom of the Grand Inquisitor would seem adequate to avail against these many calamities. But he has been dormant for seventy-five years now…
Jek is, at best, dimly aware of such things… and perhaps better suited than anyone to be an ineffectual bystander anyway. But those luxuries are burst quite suddenly when he meets a crotchety old sailor man, only to be swept into a hair-brained Noble Quest to find the Knights of the Indigo Lodge, expose a secret Doom Fleet, and unravel the dreaded mystery of Proconsul Zedulon’s infamous “Chocolate Prophecy.“
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About the Author
E.L. Ward is the celebrated author of one title, including The Chocolate Prophecy. New York Times Bestseller, the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Tony, Grammy, and Oscar, the Nobel Peace Prize, Best in Show, Blue Ribbon, Student of the Month, and World’s Best Dad are all among the accolades he wouldn’t mind achieving one day. He has had his picture in the newspaper once.
Ward lives in Michigan, basically.
Prior to his vaunted career as a starving artist, Ward distinguished himself in education, graduating 13th in his class, and receiving cute little awards for Media Production and Industrial Technology at one point. He went on to attain a phony-baloney Bachelor of Art in Communications, Film and Video Concentration, from Grand Valley State University. Their film school actually requires secondary enrollment, so to attain such a degree was way, way harder than it even sounds, which is worth noting.
Even after such wuthering heights, there was still nowhere for a man like Ward to go but up. He spent literally hours battling to claim a coveted position in a temp agency, whence he returned to the gilded vocation of box-making. The company begged him to stay on full-time after extending his tenure as a temp far beyond the normal bounds, and he has since ‘excelled’ in that field for more years than he cares to recall.
Present day. Ward has sacrificed all the glitz and glamour of the packaging world, heroically denying its many pleasures to seek the humble station of a famous author. Or, at least, he would very much like to do that.
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