The Claws of the Earth is an epic saga that contains all the elements of fantasy. Elfin, dwarves, wizards, witches, heroes, magic swords, dragons, strange monsters and gods.
It’s a story about hope, love, friendship, battle and struggle.
An evil god from the icy north, the Hooded One, is trying to take over the kingdom of the Forests when five persons are put together to stop him. A man, a beast-man, and elf, a dragon and a semi-goddess. They all have to work together and find five magical blades, forged by the legendary dwarven smith Weayland. But what to do with them?
They find out bits and pieces of information and learn that the blades have to be taken to the Claws of the Earth. But what are they and where to find them?
The war against the evil god starts with a big battle in the north as the god tries to invade the kingdom. The five travel south to the capital to crown the heir apparent to bring the whole nation under one flag again. They have to fight many big battles on the way and piece together bits and pieces of information they find.
All this happens in Part I; Mintor King.
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In Part II; The library of Menthok-Sikh, the dangerous quest for information and the whereabouts of the Claws of the Earth continues.
The prophesied nemesis, the so called one true god, manifests itself in the south-east of the realm, almost causing another war.
In the empire to the south the Hooded One, called Hodulu there, makes its presence felt and war against him begins. In the deep south a desert tribe leader starts a fight for the independence of his people at the most inconvenient moment.
The five find the lost library and learn many things.
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In Part III; trouble in the South, the quest for knowledge continues.
In the empire the desert rebels and the imperial troops clash in a few big battles as the troops of the Hooded One land in the west and swarm over that part of the empire.
The empire and the rebels are forced to work together to face a common enemy.
The illusive, so called true god, tries to set up shop in the eastern kingdom, drawing that counrty into the war as it spreads further.
In the south of the kingdom of the Forests the servants of the Hooded One appear everywhere again to try to regain what they have lost.
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Part IV; The Alignment, is the stunning conclusion to the first half of the story.
Will the five blade carriers and friends find and reach the Claws of the Earth in time to prevent the greater evil, a tremendous powerful evil, in league with the Hooded One, to escape from its magical prison to destroy life on earth?
Armies of the Hooded One swarm over the west of the empire trying to take the border region, the division between the fertile north and the desert south. The empire resists though.
In the eastern realm the, so called true god, does its best to set up shop, but meets with stiff opposition.
All hangs in the balance and the outcome is anything but certain.
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B. weaves a complex plot combining, mystical creatures, rebellion, religion, treachery and war. Readers are treated to a detailed insight into the minds of the main characters as they battle against fear, politics, injury and death. B. manages to skilfully handle parallel plotlines and a vast array of characters, in order to create a story which is truly an intriguing read.
Quotes from readers:
‘This story has more depth than the Lord of the Rings’ P. v/d Pijl
‘It reads like watching a movie’ T. Alberts
‘A compelling story from the start’ J. Bijl
‘Exiting and gripping from the first word’ P. Soolsma
‘You are simply drawn into the story’ J. Tichelaar
‘A rollercoaster of adventure and action’ S. Rumping
‘A very good story’ W. Enckhorst
‘An easy and compelling read’ E. de Ruiter
‘My son devoured the books’ J. Narold
‘The story didn’t get to me, but the way it is written is very good’ F. Slager