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“Ascension is an amazing debut! Set in a world that takes from Vikings/Norse themes, it is an intricate and daring tale, full of incredible characters. The characters themselves drove the plot for me as all have a distinctive voice and add an element to the overall story that allows it to thrive toward the big reveal! There is action, intrigue and budding romances as well as elves and dwarves akin to LOTR. The descriptions are wonderful though a little wordy but overall was a book that had me invested the whole way through!” -Reader Review
(Age of Shadow Saga Book 1)
The creatures of Midstad came together against a common enemy centuries ago, the only time in the land’s war-filled history where elves, dwarves, humans and gods were all on the same side. Will they come to regret it? Can they come together again in time to fend off the threat of a dangerous group looking to reverse the unified act they committed all those years ago?
Midstad rejoices in its longest reign of peace between the human kingdoms, until one horrific day sparks a chain of events that sends the land’s violent history racing back to be a part of its present.
The Black Light, a cult long thought to be nothing more than a myth, shows everyone just how real they are through one day of shocking violence that echoes through every kingdom in Midstad. Blood is spilled in every nation, yet the chaos caused is only a small part of a greater plan unknown to most.
For those unaware of The Black Light’s true intentions, the companionship they have formed over the years is put to the test on every level. From family to royal duties, the beings of Midstad will struggle to find a way to regain the peace they fought so hard to create. Can they wrestle back control from The Black Light, or will the cult be successful in their ultimate goal?
Marc’s ability to create a world so incredibly descriptive and real is a true talent. Even from page one I felt like I was inside the story […] It’s so hard to come across a truly incredible story lately, but Marc completely blows it out of the water. -Violet S.
Marc Micciola created a thrilling fantasy book full of mystery, action and romance. […] You keep connecting with all the characters which is not easy. It is very hard for an author to create empathy between the reader and the characters, but you can expect it in Ascension. –Beatriz
I’ve read a lot of debut fantasy novels where the author has clearly put a lot of time and effort into their worldbuilding. But there are few that seem to have crafted a world in the manner of the one built by Marc Micciola. […] The ending of the novel is strong, and I’m certainly interested in reading the rest of the Saga. […] If you’re a fan of fantasy novels and looking to support indie authors then this is definitely one for you. -Mitch A.
Ascension is an amazing debut! Set in a world that takes from Vikings/Norse themes, it is intricate, daring and full of incredible characters. The characters themselves drove the plot for me as all have a distinctive voice and add an element to the overall story that allows it to thrive toward the big reveal! -Charli M.
About the Author
Marc Micciola, So after years and years of writing for myself, I finally decided it was time to write for someone else and became a published author. Being an author was a dream of mine when I was younger, but I had abandoned all hope since it seemed unattainable. Guess I proved myself wrong, eh?
My life is a simple one. I live with my two dogs, Ace and Rielly, in Canada and I got to say that it’s pretty awesome. Those two buggers make it difficult to stay down for too long and I love them for that. When I’m not writing I’m usually watching hockey (Go Leafs!), spending time behind my camera, enjoying a good video game or just relaxing with my good pal called Netflix.
I’m a huge fan of Lord of the Rings; I even own a foam version of Andruil, Aragorn’s sword. The book series and the films both drew me into fantasy and led me to wishing to create my own worlds. Authors that inspired me are Jonathan Stroud, Tom Lloyd, Christopher Paolini, Mark Lawrence, George RR Martin, and of course good old JRR Tolkein.
These brilliant fantasy writers each displayed styles that I would slowly come to try to reflect in my own writing and world building, with ideas leading to short stories, which eventually led to my very first novel. However, I should say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without my best friend, Mackenzie, and my therapist, Natasha. Those two wonderful women helped give me the confidence to go for this career path and I will forever be thankful for their support.
I write my books in the hopes that they provide the solace and escape for someone that fantasy novels give me. The idea that someone could possibly read my books and be inspired to write their own is exhilarating too. Most of all, I write because I know what a good story can do. It can make people feel not so alone, it can inspire and encourage creativity. It can give that tiny bit of peace that’s needed to get through the day. If I can provide that for even just one person during my career, then I know this will all be worth it.
Here’s hoping you enjoy my books! Happy reading!