Path of a Novice

A land at war, a failing king, a light in the forest …

Centuries ago, the powerful Alpine lords colonised the Great Forest. The native Silvan elves were accepting at first, but one elf’s lust for power is threatening peace and driving a wedge between the two, immortal races. Leaders against followers, commanders against warriors.

Fel’annár is an orphan with a million questions and no answers – his Silvan mother died and no one speaks of his Alpine father. With the face of an Alpine and the heart of a Silvan, the boy steps into this conflicted world with nothing in his pocket but a dream: to be a Silvan captain in an army commanded by Alpines, an army desperately struggling to hold its borders.

Fel’annár’s path as a novice warrior will teach him more than warfare. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, he must learn to deal with his personal conflicts and with an emerging power he is yet to understand.

From recruit to novice warrior and beyond, Fel’annár is the Silvan that could change the balance of power and alter his world forever.

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Editorial reviews:

Inspired by Tolkien lore, comes an Epic of family, destiny, and the rediscovery of both.

R.K. Lander’s The Silvan: Book I masterfully transports readers into the world of Bela’rán, an ageless land of immortal Elves and abominable monsters — some of whom are in fact Elves themselves.

Such is the story of the Silvan, Fel’annár, a would-be warrior whose unknown heritage makes him the mockery of the Tar’eastór, Alpine Elves whose prejudice against Silvans allows Lander to weave a tale that is both timeless for the genre and terribly relevant to today’s headlines.

Fel’annár’s journey from boy-Elf to novice soldier to hero-in-the-making includes every element one might expect of a J.R.R. Tolkien tale — rich, evocate descriptions of mythical lands, emotion-cultivating dialogue, and subtle nods to dark secrets that cast a foreboding shadow of impending doom upon flawed protagonists. If only they saw it coming!

The reader who finds her- or himself mesmerized by the High Fantasy genre and all the magic, mystery, and monsters that come with it would do well to devote a few hours to immersing their minds into Lander’s land of Bela’rán and the Silvan Fel’annár’s adventure to find his family and uncover his destiny.

Allow R. K. Lander’s pen to guide you on a trek to rediscover the beauty of and horror that befell the legendary Elven dwellings of Mirkwood and Lothlórien in familiar Tolkien masterpieces.

The Silvan: Book I is the first bookend of a charming series in which readers young and old alike cannot help but find themselves — and their imaginations —happily lost.

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Path of a Novice, book 1 of The Silvan Trilogy is a stunning masterpiece of fantasy adventure writing. 

The author, R.K. Lander, effortlessly transports the reader into the fascinating, colourful & evocative universe of Bel’arán, where elves & mortals dwell together in discordant, dissident harmony.

The reader is adroitly pulled in, eagerly following the exciting & thrilling exploits of Fel’annar, the precocious elvish warrior-to-be whose path tosses him headlong into a huge, boiling cauldron of intrigue even as he is stretched to the utmost in the epic clashes between good and evil.

Surprisingly relevant issues of this day are deftly incorporated into masterfully weaved tapestries of this extraordinary adventure series, leaving the reader hooked & looking for more.

Path of a Novice is a superb must-read for any one who loves a good adventure story. If you only have time to read one book this year, it has to be this one!

– M.Y. Leigh

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