My name is Adrian Rogers, and I'm an author, poet, and private music teacher, with six fantasy novels published as e-books on CD Rom, available for Aus$10 or US$6 each, and in print, by emailing me at: acrogers(at)adam.com.au . These books are listed below. Also my third book in the Hidden Kingdom Trilogy, ALIGNMENT, is available from Lulu and from Double-Dragon. Also please check out my links page for my favorite sites, read one of my short stories or find out a bit more about me .Poetry
END IS BEGINNING, A Collection of Poetry About a Lengthening Journey, by Adrian Rogers, published by Mary Celeste Press, Newcastle, NSW, and available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Review by Jude Aquilina:
"The philosophical book title and many of the poems...reflect the ancient Ooroboras, which symbolizes the eternity of time...no end, no beginning, just an endless cycle. Rogers writes and observes with one foot planted firmly on earth, the other feeling for the esoteric, the metaphysical. In the poem 'The Speaking Dead', Rogers captures that fleeting sense we sometimes have of those who have gone before us:'Yet the dead speak...across wall-cast shadows,in voices of wind-riding birdscircling coldly eroded battlementsthrough sun, rain,and winter snow whisperingsamong stone nooks and crannies...'
New! Out Now! FIRE IN THE WASTELAND, a historical fantasy in which a 13th Century Cathar from Southern France, and a suburban writer from the modern era encounter each other through the mechanism of reincarnation. As a result of their journeys through time, both in literal and symbolic senses, battles both real and psychological ensue, as the characters move towards resolving a past of persecution and terror and accepting the future. Yet there must first be a return to Montsegur, scene of the Cathars last stand against authority, and an interaction with the world of the Grail, without which the Wasteland can never be healed. Published by mountain Mist, at www.1stmist.com
The Hidden Kingdom
The adventure continues - Book Three
Merlin, laid to rest in dark-age Britain in his Crystal Cave has awoken in fulfillment of a prophecy, as Pisces moves into Aquarius and the 2012 Galactic Alignment is less than four years away. Has he returned in time to prevent the end of history in perpetual enslavement for humanity, or is it already too late? If there is to be a future Merlin must travel to Hyperborea at the highest of all world levels, there to be prepared for his return to Earth as the Ogmios, prophet of the coming age, who alone can lead humanity beyond the Dark Rift at the Galactic Centre to a new dawn.
His one time pupil Finn with his beloved wife Elen, both of whom once travelled from the past into the present are summoned to his side again, to journey with him through seven world levels to Hyperborea, where the stronghold and sanctuary of the enlightened Astari of Numenor is already under direct threat. But their ancient nemesis from Atlantis, the False Prophet has also returned, deceiving the peoples, endeavouring the turn them from light to darkness, as the climax of the ages unfolds. This book is available from Lulu and from Double-Dragon.
"Not a great lover of fantasy I was nonetheless enchanted by this book. It tells a compelling story in the most beautiful of language, using words that often sent me running to the dictionary (I am always intrigued by new words). Set in the last days of Atlantis, the story is told in two voices - one the narrator and the other the young Merlin, at first through his thoughts and later through his written memoirs, these always shown in italics. This is a clever ploy but somewhat defeats the purpose of suspense as we always know that Merlin must escape the dangers to be able to write his memoirs. I often skip over long paragraphs of description but the ones in this book are so picturesque that they kept me reading every word. I could so easily visualize every scene described. I'll be watching for book Number Two." Review of Atlantis - Book One in the Hidden Kingdom Trilogy by Tomaso Lonsdale
The story continues - Book TwoThe story begins - Book OneMerlin, born in the last years of Atlantis, as the empire slides inexorably towards decay and destruction is surrounded by a mystery. Found as an abandoned child on the slopes of the Mountain of Fire by Belasius, Grand Master of the Astari, an esoteric order charged with guiding the evolution of humanity, he is raised by the Order, and initiated at the age of eighteen. But on his first secret mission as an initiate he risks compromising them by falling in love with a daughter of the Emperor. Torn between his sworn obligation to the Order, and a desperate love for the daughter of a doomed dynasty, Merlin risks all to save her without betraying his calling. But as the lovers attempt to escape the breakup of the island, will they reach the last ship? Belasius and the Order have taken great risks to save them, but even if they do reach the last ship, will it be able to escape the tidal waves that will finally drown Atlantis? This book is available from Lulu and from Double-Dragon.
Three manage to escape on the last ship, as the disintegrating islands of Atlantis start to sink. Almost overwhelmed, they must somehow survive to reach the open waters of the Great Ocean. A heartbroken Merlin is surprised as they voyage to a new beginning... in Avalon. This book is available from Lulu and from Double-Dragon.
Secret Chronicle of Oisin
"Lovers of dark fantasy will love this book. The author has written it in a style that entertains through the richness of its language and thought provoking concepts. It is a book that can be read from two different perspectives. Strictly as an action epic in a fantasy environment, or as a deeper reading experience where one's intellect needs to reflect on hidden meanings. If the reader is prepared to take the time and think about what is presented to them, they will get immense pleasure from the reading." Review of the Secret Chronicle of Oisin by Warren Thurston
Irish hero Oisin travels to the Land of Youth with Princess Naomh to enjoy its pleasures, but after three years revisits home to find that three hundred years have passed in Erin Shocked, he ignores a warning not to leave the magical chariot conveying him, as a result of which it disappears leaving him trapped. But is there a hidden agenda at work" Why is he sent to Hyperborea. searching for a weapon against Death' What is Death doing in the Land of Youth" This Chronicle raises questions provides answers taking Oisin through danger, sacrifice and transformation, half revealing a secret as the lovers challenge Death in a tale uniting myth with fantasy. The Secret Chronicle is now available from Double-Dragon.
Time Tunnel and The Grail
"Adrian Rogers has created a wonderful fantasy full of powerful images, brought to life by a language full of richness. The reader is taken on a voyage that shows its creator is indeed a master storyteller with a wonderful command of the English language and his imagination. I found the story fascinating from start to finish. It is a book that once started will not let its reader put it down. For a thoroughly enjoyable read this is a book I highly recommend." Warren Thurston, a book reviewer in Victoria, Australia, reviews the Time Tunnel and The Grail and you can find links to the full text of this review on my links page.This is a speculative Grail tradition fantasy, interweaving modern Australia with alternative locations focused on The Grail, The Garden of Paradise, and a sixth century version of Britain containing both real and alternative world elements. Because this involves playing with time I set myself the task of making one of the characters not merely cross over from one time to another, but actually belong to both the sixth and twentieth centuries- reconciling each in his personality. Readers will judge whether or not I have been successful. My version of sixth century Britain is alternative in the sense that I have treated settings as some nineteenth century American painters treated landscapes, by adapting them to suit the needs of the story. It claims no new insights into the nature of the reality behind the Arthurian tradition, simply using elements of the story to frame a tale of The Grail Quest. Place names and locations however are not imaginary, and a list of these is included in the appendix. 'The Time Tunnel and The Grail' is now available from Mountain Mist Productions
The Gates of Sunset"All the elements were perfect, just what I wanted to see. It was as if Adrian had read my mind and written the novel I would have loved to, but never had time to write. I really enjoyed reading it." Review of the Gates of Sunset by David-John Tyrer - redsine magazine.What have 'The Three Fates', spinning destinies in a lifeless world between worlds got to do with a reckless eighteen year old driving his first car, or his studious girlfriend? Very little, one might think, yet because of them, Sean and Melissa find themselves caught up in an alternative reality less than twenty kilometers from their homes.In 'The Gates of Sunset', the struggle between good and evil is portrayed in straightforward language as a story of love, war, self-discovery, the opposition of virtue and vice, and an overarching mystery.It is the story of two young South Australians stepping out of their own small realities, being matured in the process, coming to know themselves better, and finding new purpose in their lives. Guided by the mysterious 'Archer', whose name they never learn, and a host of lesser characters they learn to accept the unimaginable and triumph, but at a cost .. now available from Mountain Mist Productions
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