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Riassunto: Generis, the son of the Lord Genet of the City State in the north is selected as a human sacrifice. His father is ruled by the legend and the lore and cannot prevent the death of his only son. However, with the help of the Lady Siliqua he does manage to secure a line of succession. When a grandson is born he survives by a miracle after he presented twisted in the breech position, with the umbilical cord knotted around his neck. As a consequence he is given the name Gnarl.

The Lord Genet fosters his grandson, Gnarl, out to a fisherman, Cuanzo, and his wife, Sheidel, and the boy has an idyllic childhood. His days are filled with fishing, swimming, diving, and exploring the limestone coast in the fishing village close to the port that serves the City State. Sheidel educates him and inspires him with stories of the legends of the past.

At age twelve Gnarl must do four years military service and those years prove to be challenging, dangerous, and in the end totally devastating. He shares the four years of training with a boy called Kyler, who “only ever wanted to be a baker.”

Gnarl and Kyler’s daring adventures takes them to the Khalif’s City in the south where they gain work and vital knowledge that could prove of crucial importance to the survival of their own City State in the north. The Khalif encounters and spares Pevan, and commissions him to perform a dangerous task, which ultimately affects Gnarl’s own future. With courage, determination, and considerable strategic skill, Gnarl and Kyler fight their way through challenging trials, and eventually Gnarl gains some sense of justice for his dead father who he never knew.

From the Author: Middle school English classes at the all boys' private school, where I finished my teaching career,  had a weekly library period where the brilliant Librarian had a wonderful programme of introducing reading and different genres to the students.  When we moved to a fantasy unit in year nine, she set the boys the task of writing from the point of view of a character who was facing a major crisis in their quest.  I thought this was a challenging idea so I attempted it myself and wrote a poem from the point of view of a young man facing execution.  I called it 'Gnarl's Prayer' and read it at the next library session.

The idea stuck with me and many years later I returned to the character of Gnarl.  This time it was his father, Generis, who was alone in a dungeon facing execution who expressed similar ideas to the original poem.  Then I just told the story of his hastily arranged marriage and the conception of Gnarl.

Writing in this genre is so free.  It is your world that you have created and you do not have to justify any or all of the elements that you incorporate in  the story.  When I came to giving the names to the characters, I happened to have a racing form guide on my desk at the time and so all of the characters, other than Gnarl, are named after thoroughbred racehorses.  I have kept up this pattern and it amuses me when one of the racehorses wins and reminds me of the character to whom they have given their name.

I am so enjoying all the 'Gnarl' characters and the world I have created for them that I have written a sequel, 'Lord Gnarl', which we have scheduled for publication in 2017.  A third book to complete the trilogy is swirling around in my head and I have the tentative working title of 'Vale Gnarl', which sadly is self explanatory.  It will be quite a wrench to let Gnarl go after all our time together.

In response to readers' requests and suggestions I have created a love interest for 'Gnarl' in the second book and Princess Jolie has delighted me as has her young squire, Shay.

Writing the Gnarl books is just pure enjoyment.  I love going on the characters' adventures with them.  So it seems do the readers who have made 'Gnarl' my most popular book so far.

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