The title says it all. Grab a snack. Grab some friends. Tell your grandparents. Get cozy. Another volume of The Golden Lands has arrived!!!
At long last, after a much anticipated wait, Volume 4 is finally finished. As I have said before, not only have I completed another book–due to much help from family, friends, and the Big Guy–but also the first story arc of TGL. This is a cause for celebration…meaning that the existing books of TGL will be undergoing some constructive changes. More editing will be done, the covers will be updated, etc. In other words, I’m using this opportunity to revise TGL as the series now stands. There’s a lot of work to be done.
But hey, we can worry about that later! Here’s an overview of Volume 4, in case you missed it!
John, Faith, and Bernard have come farther than they ever thought possible. They’ve persevered through every struggle, every personal trial, and every foe that has come their way. Now the final battle has arrived. Allying with the people of Castrum Fortress, John and his friends must storm the city of Howaito Maki and defeat the three Evil captains…or every prisoner of the Evil will die.
We come to a halt, stopping right beneath the wall which rises high above us. Thunderous booms sound in the distance, and we can vaguely hear the clashing of weapons and the screams of pain. “So the fighting has already started,” says one of the scouts with us.
“That’s our diversion,” states Ashida. “Let’s make the most of it.”
A long rope dangles from where we fastened it at the summit of the wall. It’s our only way up and into the city. I raise my eyes to the top of the rope, and I feel my heart beat faster. I don’t know why, but the top of this rope…it’s like the threshold—the threshold of destiny. Once I climb this rope, I’ll be in the city. I’ll be on the final part of my journey. I’ll be on the doorstep of rescuing my siblings.
This is the final endeavor. I feel like I’ve known everything that would happen up until now. I’ve never been surprised truly. There hasn’t been as much mystery as I feel there is now. Nothing about the future is clear anymore. Nothing is black and white. Because, from here…
—I look at the sky, the clouds, the dullness and gloom that fills this region—
…everything is gray.
I cast a worried glance at Faith and Bernard, and I can’t help but feel closer to them at this moment. “Listen,” I say, “whatever happens, I want you both to know that you’ve been great; you’ve been my best friends. I know we’ve been through a lot, and a big part of that is my fault, but—”
“John,” Bernard cuts me off, “it’s okay. Stop acting like we’re going to die when we get in there. We can do this.” He smiles reassuringly at me, as does Faith. “Come on,” Bernard says, stepping towards the rope, “let’s go get your brother and sister.”
It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. Buckle up. It’s going to be an epic ride.
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