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The book is a symbolism of a battle between good and evil. The events take place in a mystical, magical world. The characters are fascinating and the scenes are vivid with action. It is a must read for those who enjoy dark fantasy fiction. Giorgio is a flawless writer with an exceptional talent for describing the settings, the characters and the plot. Well done. -Amazon Review
A Stunning Blend of Mysticism, Myth, Nature and Adventure.
We all have a dark side. His destroys worlds.
Set on Endura, a wondrous world full of mystery and magic, where its citizens: humans and Ruids—a docile humanoid species—have no propensity in their nature for hatred, malice and wrath. For centuries, life subsists in a perfect balance, until a human boy finds a mysterious rectangular-shaped metal object in the desert. An ancient evil begins seeping from Endura’s underbelly, bending to the will of a shadowy figure who wields power over darkness, and Endura is plunged into a doomed fate. The vulnerable races, unprepared for such wickedness, watch as death and chaos spread like a summer’s fire. Forced to intervene, the Seven Guardians devise an elaborate scheme and gift the races the Azura: a savior; a super-being, foretold to restore balance to the spirit world. But under the weight of evil’s influence, even divine plans can go astray. The Azura becomes a faceless enigma and fades, like the hope of the downtrodden races, into obscurity.
One last hope, hidden in the dying breath of an old sorcerer, thrusts a legacy upon three unwary outcasts: Doric, Will, and Korian. The boys are hurled into torture, isolation and segregation, with only themselves and the spirit of love and hope to drive them. Mysterious guides, Portals, an enchanted spear, epic battles and betrayal await them as they embark on an epic quest for the ages, seeking to solve the mystery behind the Azura and the metal object—the truth, a double-edged sword: the key to salvation on one side, a path to ruin on the other. The boys must outwit the shadowy figure, learn the secret to the Azura’s power and figure a way around their passive nature to mount a resistance, before there won’t be anything or anyone left to save.
The Manian’s Spear, is the thrilling first installment in the Korian series of epic, dark fantasy novels.
About the Author
Even at a young age, Giorgio Garofalo has always followed his own path. Raised steep in strict Sicilian culture and tradition, he found comfort in music and in books, often escaping to safe places where his vivid imagination could spend some time. On those seemingly endless occasions when extended family would gather to share a meal . . . or two, Giorgio would often be sitting in the corner with either a guitar or a book in his hands.
He entered University pursuing a Degree in Electronics, but emerged with a Degree in Science and a great appreciation for the fantasy and science fiction genres. For more than twenty years, Giorgio has worked as an executive in the Pharmaceutical industry, overseeing quality and compliance efforts in the development and production of safe and efficacious drugs. Although he has found great satisfaction doing his part to help improve the quality of his patients’ lives, his heart invariably always returns to storytelling. His greatest joy is crafting stories about reluctant heroes—usually infallible and human (or human-like)—who explore the unknown and encounter seemingly inescapable situations while encountering a moral dilemma and a choice.
Giorgio is a native of Toronto and has resided in or around the area most of his life. He lives in a suburb outside the city with his wife and Toby, his finicky Shiba Inu dog. You can usually find him cruising nearby country roads on his motorcycle while dreaming up wondrous worlds and the unique creatures and characters that live in them. When not reading, riding or writing, he plays his guitars while sipping smoky scotch from the Islay.