Title: Ending an Ending: First Book of the Laurian Pentology
Author: Danny Birt
Website of Author: http://www.dannybirt.com/
Publisher: Ancient Tomes Press
Website of Publisher: http://www.cyberwizardproductions.com/ancienttomes/
Publication Date: June 27, 2008
Length: 287 pages
Reviewer: Lucille P Robinson
An unknown man finds himself in a dark place. He remembers the trees, leaves and darkness of night, but doesn’t understand who or what he is or where he is. He feels cold and remembers the daylight when he would be warmer so when he sees a bright light flickering off in the distance he thinks daylight and moves toward it hoping to not face another one of the weird beings he has already had to fight since arriving. At this spot, he meets a group of men.
Sanct, later named by the others in this special group, feels the need to travel with this group and helps them in preventing the mage Obblagatt from taking over Seighn, Lej, and Brelia. After the mage is destroyed, Sanct feels only the need to get away alone. Centuries later, he awakes from another long sleep which proves to him that he is a Seren, but he doesn’t know which God has sent him on the last mission or this newest mission.
The new mission: to save a princess and her babies. Sanct has not idea who, when, where or anything else about the mission. He instinctly does what he has to do. During this mission, Sanct meets Alaris, one of the most powerful mages alive. They join forces until after the babies are born when Sanct must leave. The reader doesn’t know as yet who or what Sanct is and neither does Sanct know. By the end of the book, Alaris has his opinions as to who and what Sanct is, but he has little time to dwell on that matter since the Order of Humanity is after the children. Alaris sends each person involved out to do a part of the job that needs doing while he heads for his home: Pentagram. Now we must wait for Beginning: Second Book of the Laurian Pentology to learn what happens next.
Ending an Ending held me to my chair reading. Magic, elves, vampires, the whole nine yards, to use a cliché, is involved with the characters in this book. The book is filled with fantastic adventures in which to lose oneself; the ultimate trip into book land and well worth the time and money to obtain a copy to read.
Danny Birt was born about twenty-seven years ago in Washington State to Irish and Californian parents, and since then he has lived in Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in the small town of Roswell, NM for his high school and junior college years, then pulled a one-eighty and went to a liberal arts college, Loyola University New Orleans, for his next two college degrees in music therapy and psychology.
Danny has published science fiction, fantasy, and professional works in The Raintown Review, Strange Worlds of Lunacy, Vadercast.com, and Musica Ficta. His fantasy series The Laurian Pentology is slated to be published through Ancient Tomes Press, starting in early summer 2008 with the book Ending an Ending.
In addition to literary publication, Danny composes classical and filk music, such as his nonstop hour-long piano solo, Narcoleptic Pianist, and the ever-peculiar album Warped Children’s Songs.
Danny also works as a Music Therapist and Massage Therapist with clients of multiple ages and populations.
Currently, Danny lives in Winchester, Virginia, and attends Shenandoah University in pursuit of his Music Therapy Master’s degree. In his spare time, Danny’s hobby is finding new hobbies.