A classic adventure about a talented but impetuous novice, Brother Jacob, who enters the realms of sword and sorcery. Thinking that he can find something more glorious than monastery life, he joins the traveling circus, but they immediately enslave him. He manages to escape into the forbidden forest.
After a hazardous introduction to a band of real adventurers camping in the woods, he returns to the safety of his religious brother-monks, newly aware of the malevolence and danger of Whitehawk's fallen kingdoms, and of their high druid, the Dire of Melancholy, enemy of all righteousness.
The Friars of Whigg, a rival monastery, propose fighting his sinister power with ancient battle-magic: bring a troop of high-level wizards, his old enemies, out from their tombs and use their devastating magic against him. But to invoke the power of Resurrection on the long-dead wizards of old would abuse the word of God, and profane the sanctuary.
As suspicion and fear engulf the monastery, Jacob is falsely accused of arcane summoning, and he is expelled. Joining up with a renegade band led by a brave but hot-headed amazon, he sets out into a world of magic and wonder, a world at the brink of a new dawn of evil... But when the quest brings him into a contest of wits with the Dire of Melancholy himself, Jacob realizes that he could become the dupe by which all the world is deceived, and forfeit even his immortal soul.
H. G. Potter's
Realms of Whitehawk
"You worry and feel for the characters and their mission, and at the same time it seems you're reading a lost and forgotten tome of Christian history..."
Cory P, Oil City PA
"...it combines The Divine Comedy, The Lord of the Rings, and the City of God."
L. Tarleton, Grand R, MI