As a Hungarian-American, I thought it would be of interest that in the heart of Richmond, Virginia (USA) that I wrote and published a book set Hungary using mythological tales and creatures based on those told in ancient Hungary. Elias goes on a journey– a hero’s journey — that starts at the ruins of the Castle of Sirok. He travels through an enchanted forest to find a Táltos named Zoltán to mentor him. Elias, unsure of his future learns to follow his heart by battling the Sárkány– each of the three heads represent the reasons we (everyone worldwide) do not follow our hearts. They are because we fall victim to social demands, our feeling of guilt and fear. Elias comes home to his family with his treasure– the treasure of knowing oneself – E.G.Kardos said.
Journey to Sirok a novel by E.G.Kardos.
WHEN TWIN SWORDS COLLIDE, an incredible power is unleashed and a new world opens. Defeating the three-headed dragon is the only way for young Elias to seize his treasure. THE AMULET: Journey to Sirok is a magical adventure as Elias searches to find a sorcerer named Zoltan to reveal clues to his search.
This epic fantasy is a ‘hero’s journey’ in the classic sense and engages young readers who take this adventure with Elias in an uncertain and mystical world. Likewise, it’s a story for the ‘young at heart’ reader who finds the quest personally revealing,” Kardos said about the story. “This is what I’ve been told.”
Book II is scheduled for release in 2018.
Here’s what they’re saying:
“E.G. Kardos is a soul searcher. He writes from the head and heart, finding true meaning in the vagaries of life.” Dean King, bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara
“Mr. Kardos has delved deep into his own roots, bringing rich Hungarian folklore to life in this fascinating, action-packed tale. Yes, THE AMULET- Journey to Sirok is a fantasy–lovers of sword and sorcery will not be disappointed–but it is at its heart a very human story.” C.S. Marks, author of the Elfhunter trilogy
“… Swords, shape shifters, and sorcerers all confront Elias as he seeks an answer to the most compelling question of all: who am I? Well-crafted and swiftly moving, this fantasy/adventure will easily intrigue readers.” Dr. Leila Christenbury, Commonwealth Professor of English Education, Past President of NCTE, former Co-editor of The ALAN Review (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents)
“Elias’s quest is our quest, his journey our journey. You will quickly become ensnared in his grand adventure as Elias tries to answer humanity’s most profound question. ‘Who am I?’” Roy Dimond author of I, Bully.
Edward G. Kardos is the author of several books. Daniel Pink, bestselling author of “A Whole New Mind”, said this about Kardos’ last book, “Zen Master Next Door” (Green Dragon Books)—“What an inspiring way to learn about our very soul. These modern day parables…are compelling and left me wanting more.” Lectures, guest appearances, interviews and review copies are available by contacting the author at [email protected]
THE AMULET: Journey to Sirok (ISBN-10: 0692907214) and (ISBN-13: 978-0692907214) is published in paperback by Klatch Books, 268 pages, retail price $11.98 or as an e-book (Kindle) and retails at $2.99. Copies may be purchased from Amazon (or any bookseller worldwide) and by contacting the author at [email protected] and for more information, please visit www.edwardgkardos.com
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