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The Korellian Odyssey - Benediction

The Korellian Odyssey - Benediction by Vance Bachelder
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The Korellian Odyssey - Benediction seeks to reveal the answer to the question, "Can a fallen warrior ever be redeemed?" Korel is a young man who finds himself cursed with a gift that underpins the understanding of the constructions of the world and even life itself. This gift he has neither sought nor understands and its manipulation eventually results in the abandonment of his true love, Arinnea, and his own eventual banishment. After wandering in the wastes of the world and suffering the ravages of his own conscience, Korel begins to understand that Arinnea is still alive and that his developing gifts will eventually bring him back to face the birth place of his past failures.Benediction describes Korel's return from exile as he explores the lost civilizations of the Stewards, an immortal race who abandoned their duty as caretakers of the world to plumb the depths of death itself. Their fervor split the Stewards into two groups: one dedicated to a scientific exploration of death and life-everlasting, the other committed to mysticism and the transcendental arts of existence beyond life and death. Over the eons, these two groups fell into obscurity, lost to all but the most arcane knowledge. But Korel finds their remnants and, while barely escaping with his life, gleans what truths he can from their bizarre and warped devotions.Taking this knowledge with him, Korel discovers yet another shocking truth - that the exiled king of Westoreth still lives and is his own true father. Armed with this new understanding and his rapidly growing talents, Korel is ready to return home to the scene of his previous failures and face a reckoning with his troubled past.However, as he enters the capital city, Korel finds that his love, Arinnea, has just died while the usurper Toresten still sits upon the throne. Despite his terrible odds, Korel pushes forward toward the inevitable confrontation with Toresten and the fight to save his relationship with his true love, even in the face of her recent demise. As he searches his heart, Korel comes to understand that the boundaries of love and commitment are ephemeral, their power capable of things he could have never even imagined. Ultimately, with the dawning of this realization, a type of peace finally comes to both the troubled warrior and the realm.Benediction is, at its heart, a story of the requirements of redemption and what it ultimately means to be redeemed. Its storyline is somewhat itinerant, like the original Odyssey, and plays on somewhat similar themes. While this makes the book concise, it also makes it fast paced and full of action while allowing for deeper thematic exploration. It is a book that hopes to speak to the heart of the warrior and the sympathies of the philosopher. But most of all, it aspires to be a story of salvation.
Publish Green; March 2013
80 pages; ISBN 9781626526457
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Title: The Korellian Odyssey - Benediction
Author: Vance Bachelder