Wayne Thomas Batson with an Epic Sword in the Stars

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When I saw that Wayne Thomas Batson Author of this week’s Celebrate Lit Book Review was from the same part of Maryland as I was, It made me smile! Please allow me to introduce you to today’s Epic: Sword in the Stars, the beginning of the Dark Sea Annals.

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Wayne Thomas Batson / Sword in the stars tour

About the Book

Book Title: Sword in the Stars

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Release date: August 16, 2017

The difference in their uncanny eyes could not be easily discerned. In the rays of the setting sun, both Aravel’s and Morlan’s eyes appeared gold. In the pale moonlight…yellow. Seemingly the same. Such inscrutable likeness is the way of things with identical twins. But all who knew the two brothers well noted unmistakable differences, peculiarities more experienced than seen. Those who stood before King Aravel’s gaze felt the glad firelight of a cozy inn. But those who fell under Morlan’s stare felt the gleam of winter moonlight on the cold, white stone monuments in a boneyard.

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DOOR WITHIN TRILOGY comes an epic tale of two powerful kings whose rivalry threatens to tear the world of Myriad apart. Into this chaos of treachery and war, strides ex-assassin Alastair Coldhollow whose quest for redemption leads him to the one foe he cannot defeat with a thrust of his sword. Everything may hinge on an age-old prophecy, but after thousands of years, will the Sword appear in the Stars at last?

With the aid of Abbagael Rivynfleur, a not-so-naive girl from the forest villages, Alastair will tread forgotten roads, face legendary creatures, and meet mysterious new races of people, all in an effort to find Myriad’s Halfainin. So begins the sweeping seven-volume Myridian Constellation. Read on to discover what happens when the Sword is in the Stars, and the moon is blood red…

About the Author

Wayne Thomas Batson Author

Wayne Thomas Batson is the Bestselling author of seventeen adventure novels including the fan favorite: Door Within Trilogy, the pirate trilogy: The Isle Chronicles, the 7-book fantasy epic: Myridian Constellation, and a supernatural thriller series for adults: GHOST: The John Spector Missions.

Wayne Thomas Batson credits God for every concept, story, word, and phrase (“Except the mistakes,” Batson says. “Those are all me.”)

Happily married for 25 years, Wayne Thomas Batson and his wife have four adult children and make their home in Carroll County, Maryland.

A middle school Reading and English teacher for 27 years, Wayne Thomas Batson loves to challenge—and be challenged by—his students. So, when he began writing stories to supplement the school district’s curriculum, it was his students who taught their teacher a lesson. Batson’s students were so taken by one of the stories that, over a thirteen-year span, they pushed him to make it into a full-length novel. That story became The Door Within. Since then, Batson’s students continue to be his frontline editors.

Says Batson, “Two things you can count on from middle school students: Intelligence and Honesty. Kids are so much more perceptive than a lot of us ‘Big Folk’ give them credit for. And when something’s not right in the story, they’ll tell you about in very clear terms.” With over half a million books in print, Batson believes his books appeal to so many kids and adults because, at a deep level, we all long to do something that matters, and we all dream of another world.

Guest Post from Wayne Thomas Batson

Wayne Thomas Batson here. If you’re wondering why I always use my middle name, no, it’s not because I want to sound all stodgy or literary. Thomas is my father’s name. I’ve always wanted to honor him by using the name in my author name, esp. now because he passed away in 2015. If you’ve been reading my books for a while, you probably think The Door Within is my first book. Technically, however, it is not.

The concept for Sword in the Stars actually popped into my head before The Door Within. The book actually appeared in two parts: Alastair’s story and Ariana’s story (from Errant King). At first, I just didn’t realize they were both in the same HUGE story. In the meantime, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins published The Door Within Trilogy, and I kept getting contracts, keeping me from Sword in the Stars until 2012.

But God was pretty insistent about the story because I kept getting flooded with ideas for what will eventually become the 7-Book Myridian Constellation series. Seriously, you should see the looks I get at church when I sit down during worship to scrawl story ideas on the back of a church bulletin!

Sword in the stars by Wayne Thomas Batson

A Libraryan’s First Impression

When I first started the prologue, the “who’s who” cheat sheet, all I could think was “WHAT have I gotten myself into??!”
This book took me a long time to warm up to. If I hadn’t promised to read 80%, I likely would have put it down before I reached 25%. I kept thinking “Its so complex. There are too many players!” Yes, I admit, I was whining. And it wasn’t like the book was boring, because it is Not! Action and drama, well written, fill every page
I remember noticing that I was at 52%, and being relieved that I was getting close. That’s when it happened. All of a sudden I was at 82% and I was immersed. I wanted to continue the journey. The war, the plotting, the allegories, the pleasure of watching characters connect the dots on puzzles you solved chapters ago… It became fun for me. Thank you, Wayne Thomas Batson, you’ve got me hooked!

Dark Sea Annals: Sword in the Stars

I will caution you, there’s a lot of darkness in the Dark Sea Annals. There’s murder and subterfuge. Violence. Drinking.
This makes the light shine more brightly, in my opinion. What better way to understand the value of peace and hope than to live through the opposite?
Abbagael, for instance, has endured so much darkness, but she clings to the light so tenaciously! She knows that only “The First One” can win the battle. Only by trusting Him will she and Alastair make it through.
Second chances, forgiveness, and character/conscience are lessons learned alongside Alastair. His creative ‘outside-the-box’ thinking is one of the strongest reasons I kept reading. Alastair overcame much in his journey towards the First One’s plans for him.
The Epic Saga feel is definitely there. If you like multi-book sagas, this one has the allegories, action, adventure, and drama. There are dragons and winged men, sprites, creepy elements, and of course, Good VS Evil.
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