From his earliest days J.K.C. Quinn would sit in Sunday school, enraptured by the heroism and drama of the ancient stories told. In later years The Chronicles of Narnia found its way into his hands; hidden beneath blankets long into the midnight hours. Novels became Quinn’s ticket to a universe without limitations, one of lush adventures, dark shadows and valiant deeds. But like so many young storytellers, Quinn was quickly informed that pretty words wouldn’t pay the bills; it was smarter to stick with a technical trade. And so the college grad found himself managing data systems for hospitals, wondering what had happened to his dreams of the past. Until one day, when he discovered an old black and white photo. It pictured his grandfather standing tall and proud on his wedding day in a crisp, black sailor’s uniform. Grandpa had always been tight-lipped about his service in WWII—and humble to a fault, but Quinn was filled with curiosity. The two sat together talking for hours, and a history was unveiled that surprised the entire family. Just as importantly, it rekindled Quinn’s love of characters, adventure and intrigue, and convinced him once and for all that life was too short to spend trapped inside a cubicle, his stories left untold.
Gyleon Brine and the Festival of the Calling is J.K.C. Quinn’s debut novel, and the first of the Gyleon Brine series.
Gyleon Brine and The Festival of the Calling
The years have been hard on the Brine family, but the Shade Wars are finally over. Like most of the children in the village, Gyleon and his sister Starla eagerly await their father’s return and watch the soldiers trickle back, broken and empty-eyed after defeating the wicked Elrick Kingsman. Hope fades with each passing hour. Finally, a weary knock lands upon their door Gyleon’s heart leaps in his chest, only to falter at the sight of a courier bearing an official notice—and a grim expression. His father is dead, and they don’t even have a body to grieve over. The Brines try to move on, but Gyleon is disgusted by their acceptance. He will discover what happened to his dad, not matter the cost.
To have any hope of searching the lands of Emerlon, Gyleon must become a mage and harness the powers that simmer in only a lucky few. But that’s just the start. Dark shadows are forming, and pursuing the truth will soon fall second to surviving insurmountable challenges, and an evil greater than he could ever imagine.