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BOOK ONE

Book one, AWAKENING is published and available to buy by clicking HERE  If you would like to read a sample you can click HERE or use the navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen.

BOOK TWO

Book two, NORTHLINGS is well under way and follows Banain into the frozen north to rescue his friend the wolf Bodolf, who has been taken by an army under the control of a powerful dictator. Banain will need all his skills and allies or he risks losing everything.

Horses in The Chronicles of Banain

Two Horses

In AWAKENING, horses, like all animals have developed in the five thousand years since the great freeze.

Most of the European horses that survived the terrible storms and tsunamis that accompanied the great freeze, were forced far to the south, away from the freezing polar icecap. Only stopped from going further, by the natural border of the Mediterranean sea.

Building their ability to communicate with each other, they slowly built in numbers using their intelligence and speed to escape most of their predators……Until man came back into the equation.

In the last thousand years they had  been hunted for meat, bred for cavalry mounts and faced being eradicated as a wild species and enslaved for life. Now they can choose their destiny again!

In  Banain’s dominion, no longer can a human enslave an animal against his will, if a human wants to ride into battle rather than walk, they have to convince a suitable mount to accept them. It is a symbiotic agreement, whereby both parties benefit. Inter-species communication between most animals and man had been enabled through Banain’s gifts, greatly enhanced by the Immortals.

The result, apart from most species being able to understand each other, is the realisation  of the needs of all creatures, which do not differ wildly from species to species.

In AWAKENING, the horse chooses its rider and once the breath of life has been shared, they are bonded for life.

Here is a short excerpt from the book, where Star bonds with Banain.

A short while later, the messenger arrived with his heavily armoured warhorse, both dwarfed by Star who walked alongside them. The mighty animal was impressive to Banain; he stood almost eighteen hands high and weighed over eight hundred kilograms.

“I am Star, formerly of Lord Erador’s cavalry. I thank you for setting me and my kin free, Banain. I pledge my service to you for life and share the breath of friendship with you.” Star trotted up and lowered his nose to within centimetres of Banain’s, and then he exhaled in the traditional horse greeting.

“I thank you Star and accept your pledge. I would be honoured to ride with you,” Banain said, breathing in the air of the big horse and returning his own. “You understand that this is a dangerous quest and that I cannot guarantee your safety,” Banain said, looking for any doubt in the horse. He found none.

“My kind welcome danger; it is where we differ from our wild cousins. We charge in, whilst they charge away,” Star said, a deep sense of pride evident in his words.

“Do you require a saddle and bridle to ride me, Banain?” he asked.

“No, thank you. I think I will be fine.” With that, Banain leapt nimbly onto Star’s back.

“I think you will!” Star said, amazed. He could hardly feel the well-positioned and balanced rider. “If Grindor is to ride me again, perhaps you could give him lessons, Banain.” Star gave the equivalent of a horse chuckle.

“I heard that, horse,” Grindor said, his sadness turning to indignation.

“I am only joking, Grindor. You rode well…for an ape!” Star replied as he disappeared from view, following the messenger.

THE CHRONICLES OF BANIAN Book Two NORTHLINGS

In this follow-up to AWAKENING, Banain is faced with a mighty challenge from the frozen north.

Life was hard for young Banain in AWAKENING , in book two it does not get any easier!

All his powers will be needed to fight a deadly enemy from the frozen icecap that covers a third of the northern hemisphere.  

Due to be published mid 2015.

What type of book is Awakening?

If you like “The Lord of the Rings” and “Merlin”  mixed with a healthy dose of  “Animal Farm”, then AWAKENING, the first in the Chronicles of Banain, is a book you should try.

Set five thousand years in the future it follows the life of Banain, a child born in to post apocalyptic earth with very special powers. Almost wiped out as a species by the terrible storms and freezing conditions in a world that is now half covered in ice, man is just starting to dominate the planet again.

But this time the animals are bigger, more intelligent, and can talk!

At just three months old, Banain is rescued from the jaws of death by an eagle called Krys. This event sets in motion the roller coaster adventure that is Banain’s life and sees him joining forces with the immortals, who train his mental and physical abilities.

Banain has to grow beyond his years quickly if he is to survive, and with the help of the immortals and his animal friends, save the world from destruction again. 

Why not read the first few chapters and if you like it download or buy AWAKENING. You can read the reviews here.

 

Could a Golden Eagle take a baby?

In AWAKENING The Chronicles of Banain, Krys, a golden Eagle who is twenty-five percent larger than the species of today, rescues Banain from the Jaws of Honi. She is an Arctic Wolf, also hugely developed both mentally and physically from the wolves found on earth today. 

If this video is real, a Golden Eagle manages to lift a baby from the ground. Do you think its true?

This is the part in AWAKENING when Krys rescues the child, Banain:

Running flat out, with her head slightly cocked to one side so she could hear both in front and behind, Honi sensed a human closing in on the baby. She calculated that they would reach it before she did, so she changed her direction to intercept. She caught the human just before it reached the child, hitting from behind and to the right. The force of the attack knocked the human to the ground. Because of the last minute change in direction, Honi only managed to get her teeth into its arm. Just as she was about to go for the neck, she heard renewed cries from the child, which reminded her of her original objective. Dropping Nimean’s arm, Honi moved in for the kill.

A little distance away, Judoc had managed to crawl from where Bodolf and the other starving wolves were feasting on the soldiers. He propped himself upright just in time to see Honi’s attack on Nimean. He still had the bow and arrows. A bow was not his best tool, but he knew how to use one. Selecting a shaft as fast as he could, he let fly at the wolf attacking his partner. Just as the arrow left the bow, the wolf leapt from Nimean and started towards Banain again. The arrow passed dangerously close to Nimean as she rose to protect her son.

Judoc fitted another arrow and fired. As he followed the flight of the arrow towards the target, a golden brown apparition appeared from above, wings beating furiously to slow its descent and talons outstretched. Almost in slow motion, Judoc watched in horror as a massive eagle grabbed hold of his baby and flew back into the air. He saw the arrow glance off the side of the wolf’s head just as it lunged for Banain and deflect into the eagle’s left wing, passing through and exiting the other side. 

The excruciating pain in her wing caused Krys to tilt crazily to the left and start to drop towards the ground. Drawing on every fibre of her reserve, she forced the wing to extend and, with centimeters to spare, managed to work it again. Then she started to ascend. 

Read AWAKENING The Chronicles of Banain, for an exiting tale, set in a time where super large and intelligent animals fight for their right to survive.

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