The Chronicles of Arcanilius

A reading of the book The Chronicles of aRcanilius

The Chronicles of Arcanilius: Origin Stories by Antonia Rapheal is a story that will appeal to fans of fantasy with elements of science fiction and mythology. The story begins on a starry night with confusion raging on the planet Varga, situated in the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation of Taurus. Evil more powerful than anything they have known is causing havoc in a world that never knew war, where disputes used to be settled by combat. Now children are being torn away from their mothers' arms and people are disappearing without a trace. A wicked enemy is about to steal the magic of Varga and a young girl, Naherna, the last princess of Odgo, finds herself caught up in a conflict that threatens to destroy her world; a conflict she never saw coming. A simple errand quickly turns into an epic journey — through unfamiliar terrain and fraught with dangers and evil enemies — to save her people. Follow her and her companions as they fight to save their planet, but how much time do they have with the enemy growing stronger and more villainous?

The story of life is as old as time itself, and what was time before someone looked for it? Time is because somebody decided to say from now on and in that moment of realization our misery commenced. For life is just circumstance, it is we who determine if it is miserable or not. Worse we give it authority over us by marking its duration. Like a puppet that has limbs painted on, we empower it. We take an event, associate emotions with it, and then we give it life, time. That is what we do; we mark how long and since when. This story is about how often, for it echoes the fate of man and woman and all those who come after as a result of them. An echo trapped in the annals of time, longing to be heard, not as hearsay but as wisdom. For there are many stories, mostly lies, that abound in the cosmos. The best ones have a little truth and maybe a pearl or two of wisdom woven in them, but lies nevertheless. To the untrained, they are enchanting, for they tell tall tales of fascinating characters and of unimaginable proportions that lures the naïve into a trance of subjugation. Like a massive chain, these lies bind the minds of the ignorant and lull their senses into a sweet slumber priming them for the harvest. Occasionally a noble spirit rises to awaken them, to stir them with the hard truth of reality but as always the mightier evil vanquishes it.  Then it is left on those who had been awakened to carry on the purpose, to fight the good fight if you will. The only way to win is to spread the word, tell the truth and let it set everyone free.

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An epic journey across sweeping mountains, sparkling oceans and hounded by ferocious beasts is what Naherna, the last princess of Odgo finds herself entangled in. A simple errand turns into a quest to save her world and she finds herself surrounded by deception and betrayal. 
“Times like this you can’t trust a friend let alone a stranger!”
On the treacherous road to uncovering the truth Naherna is confronted with demons from her past. Forced to choose between loyalty and truth, many will falter. Nothing is what it seems and with Varga on the brink of extinction, time is running out. 
An evil Malefic has gripped the land of the seven suns in his pincers of hate and is slowly crushing them. In the battle of Gods and demons, it is the Vargans who are sacrificed. Will Naherna rewrite the code that has always been? Will Naherna and her companions find a way to save Varga or will they too fall as heroes often do? Will they turn into myth or will they fulfill the prophecy of redemption? 
Will the combined might of a high priestess, a powerful wizard and Arcanilius himself be enough? Or will they fail like the others before them?
Every chapter introduces the reader to the various races of this exotic planet, Vargans, Elves, and Galshers. Varga is on the precipice of a world war, a war that threatens to engulf the entire planet and decimate its exotic life.
Varga is a magical planet. Scribes, Wizards, Warlocks and their nemesis are able to conjure magic and exploit the five elements: magic, air, water, fire, and Varga itself. But even in a world where magic abounds, there are tinkerers like Old Man Cogs, who know and believe that long after the magic disappears, his gadgets and his knowledge will survive the test of time.
Several prophecies tell of the coming of the Malefic and allude to the birth of a savior. But in a world where everyone is forced to choose sides based on their beliefs and history, who will awaken and question the very foundation of Varga? History is often written by the victors and the truth gets lost in myths and fables. Are prophecies to be trusted?

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