Synopsis of Oron Amular
The Mountain has finally broken its long silence. The invitations have gone out, spreading the word far and wide: Kulothiel, the Mage-lord, is holding a tournament. Kings, knights and champions from all the lands of Astrom are all beckoned to compete at the Mountain of High Magic, Oron Amular. The prize held before them is ‘Power Unimaginable’.
Nothing like it has ever been heard of. Oron Amular is the stuff of legend, hidden somewhere in the Black Mountains of ancient Kalimar. Since the demise of the fabled League of Wizardry the Mountain has passed out of the knowledge of mortals, a mysterious place of power whose secrets are known now only by a privileged few.
Curillian, king of Maristonia, is among those invited, and he is only too glad to leave behind the dull officialdom of his capital and relive the adventures of his youth. He takes with him a cohort of Royal Guards under the command of the redoubtable Lancoir, but they won’t get far without someone to show them the way…
Roujeark the wandering conjuror receives a different kind of summons. Turned away from the Mountain long ago after a harrowing tragedy, he has endured years of waiting as an appointed time gradually drew nearer. Now, as the invites hasten out, he gets ready to resume an old journey and fulfil his long-postponed destiny.
All down the length and breadth of Astrom, lords and heroes are embarking on similar quests, all keen to prove their prowess and win the great prize. From north, south and west they set out, employing fair means and foul to find a way to the lost Mountain. Little do they suspect what they are letting themselves in for.
Obstacles and difficulties of many kinds stand between the contestants and their destination, and only through great adventure and dire peril will they even be able to compete. Roujeark must retrace painful steps to bring Curillian’s company safe to the journey’s end, not knowing what might be waiting for him at the Mountain.
But just as the prize offered is beyond their wildest dreams, so the greatest challenges await within the Mountain itself, where the contestants must enter into an ancient world of magic, a haunt of wizards and sorcery.
Treachery, valour and luck will all play their part, and no little dogged endurance. The tournament will test each entrant to the limit of themselves and open mortal eyes to a world far greater and deeper than they had ever imagined.
Who will prevail? And who will live long enough to discover Kulothiel’s true purpose? As storm-clouds gather in the north the leaders of the free world find themselves confronted with hard questions. They went to compete with each other for a chance of winning power over their rivals, but the last of the wizards is poised to interrupt their petty agendas and upend their worldviews. More is at stake than any of them could have guessed, and the greatest test of all is waiting for them once the tournament is over.
The news goes far and wide. The Keeper of the Mountain has broken his long silence. Oron Amular, home of the fabled League of Wizardry, had been lost to mortal memory, but suddenly the legends are awakening again. Lords and princes, heroes and wanderers, all have felt the call of the Mountain. Curillian, the restless king of Maristonia, receives an invitation that cannot be ignored, knowing that invitations have also gone to his allies and adversaries alike. A Tournament is to be held, the like of which has never been heard of. The contestants can only guess at the purposes of the Keeper; all they know is that the prize on offer is Power Unimaginable. All are eager to claim the riches of a lost ancient world, but who can even find the Mountain, let alone survive what awaits them there? When the maps are blank and the loremasters at a loss, another way must be found. Such is the hour when a mysterious stranger crosses the threshold of Maristonia’s capital, someone with a call of their own to answer.
Michael Harvey is a fantasy novelist with a degree in Ancient & Modern History from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. A blogger, adventurer and traveller, his foremost passion is writing. In Oron Amular, his debut novel, he invites us into his epic world of Astrom and the great adventures that await there. Michael lives in Cambridge with his wife Lucy and two sons Ethan and Luke.