1. Can you give us a brief synopsis of Book 3?
“The Blue Mystic’s reign of terror is over. Peace and order have been restored to the northwestern nations and all is as it should be…or is it?”
After decades of estrangement, the sibling-monarchs, Paryn and Cyrus, have begun deepening the bond of brotherly love and peace between their kingdoms. Unfortunately, someone hijacked the gold Paryn promised to send for relief to Cyrus’s impoverished kingdom. The skills and experience of the Heroes of Dragon Pass are once again needed to help find the missing gold. Can they succeed?
Our intrepid adventurers encounter traitors, pirates, bounty hunters, and foes from their past, bent on revenge. Can the heroes fight off the myriad of evil forces opposing them? Can they restore the stolen gold to the desperately needy kingdom of Cyria? Will the breach of the promised aid return Cyria and Parynland to war? Discover the answers as you ride along with our heroes in the thrilling conclusion to the Chadash Chronicles in Book Three: Paryn’s Gold.
Paryn’s Gold, while continuing some elements of the story-arc begun in Book One: Fool’s Errand and Book Two” Mystic’s Mayhem, is actually the most standalone capable of the trilogy. Key details needed to follow prior events are provided to keep new readers in touch with the flow, but the events in Paryn’s Gold are largely independent of the prior story line. It is very much a self-contained adventure, and although readers who have read the previous two books will have a much deeper understanding of the details of the events leading up to Paryn’s Gold, new readers beginning their Chadash Chronicles adventure with this third book will not feel left out in the dark. This book is the crowning jewel of the trilogy.
2. Who is the publisher?
Paryn’s Gold is published under Faith X Fiction Press, the independent publishing entity of author David G. Johnson.
3. Which formats will this book be available in?
Paryn’s Gold will be available in both ebook format for Kindle, as well as print format. Both will be available through Amazon.com initially, with a possibility of other formats and distribution in the future.
5. Where it is available for sale?
While the previous books are available at all online retailers, iBooks, Amazon, B&N.com, etc. Paryn’s Gold initially will be exclusively on Amazon in both ebook and print format.
6. What made you write the book?
I wrote the Chadash Chronicles series as an alternative to so much dark fantasy permeating the marketplace today. The roots of modern fantasy grew from works like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. While there certainly were dark elements within those stories, overall the stories were tales of hope, of heroes persevering against all odds, of victory of good over evil. Unfortunately much modern fantasy has turned those roots upside down. Good has become evil, and evil has become good. Bad guys not only win, but become the heroes of the stories. There is darkness, and a lack of hope in so many stories. I come from a generation of readers that loved classic fantasy, worthy heroes, and discernable villains. While I pour a great deal into building a three-dimensional world, and realistic, in-depth characters for both the heroes and the villains, I wanted readers who loved the stories I loved growing up to have that feeling again. Basically, I write the types of stories that I would like to read. Stan Lee, of Marvel fame, has said in interviews this is what was behind all his successful comic stories. I hope to do the same with fantasy stories.
7. Who are your intended audience?
While I am up front that these books are written from a Christian worldview, it is not necessary for readers to share that worldview to enjoy the stories. They are, first and foremost, great epic fantasy stories. I have had reviews of the first two books by readers who do not share my worldview, who said the faith elements in the stories were natural to the characters involved and did not put off readers with a different worldview. It is my hope that these books will serve as a bridge between Christian readers who have kept fantasy at arm’s length due to the darker elements I mentioned earlier, and pure fantasy readers who may not be Christians but who just love great adventure stories. Bringing together these two diverse demographic elements into supporting the same fantasy series can hopefully spark opportunities for better communication over common interest between people with very different worldviews. A key element within the stories and within the interactions of the diverse group of heroes shows that just because we don’t agree with someone’s worldview, that does not automatically mean we cannot find common ground.
David G. Johnson is an author and teacher with a BA in Asian Studies and a MDiv in Biblical Languages. Most of the time, David resides overseas with his family serving as teachers and living witnesses of their faith. Every few years the Johnsons make it back to the States for visits to family and friends and to spend time doing book signings, speaking, and spending time with his fans.
David has been an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan for over thirty years and has turned his experience in blending his lives cross-culturally to the task of blending Fantasy and Science-Fiction writing with a biblical worldview. While his novels are primarily designed to be great stories appealing to all readers regardless of their worldview, there is a deeper element there specifically for those who choose to engage with it. In his new series, Chadash Chronicles, David mixes high-fantasy storytelling elements with deeply engaging personal growth and self-discovery elements in an epic tale of heroes and hidden secrets. Come along on this amazing adventure trilogy in Fool’s Errand, Mystic’s Mayhem and Paryn’s Gold. Books one and two are available now from Tate Publishing with Paryn’s Gold targeted for 2014/2015 publication (still working out the details of who, when and where).