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The Seldith Chronicles, his latest series and details about the author and his photographs. Also included are book summaries,
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The Seldith Chronicles
The 'Seldith' are a clan of forest elves no taller than a mushroom. These secretive and nomadic creatures live, love and try to survive in the woods all around us. Among elves, the Seldith are unique; their clans worship
The Truth and they maintain an enormous Book of Truth which catalogs all known Truths gathered over the millennia. These pages include stories of their earliest existence and first-hand accounts of their exploits as well as the
Truths by which they all live. The Seldith elders preach...
"If something is not dutifully recorded in The Book of Truth, it's not The Truth and does not exist."
Those that do not accept
The Truth are banished.
Imagine the Seldith’s world where
The Truth, once worshiped, is now rewritten and twisted by those with dark, selfish motives. More and more heretics are being exiled and youngsters are forced to take on their parent’s roles, regardless of the danger. To make matters worse, Stone Valley, their hidden village has been discovered by 'umans' who threaten the Seldith's very existence. They are forced to return to their harsh nomadic ways and retreat into the forest. Once a magical place, a wonderful place, their land is now fraught with danger, intrigue and an uncertain future.
The Seldith Chronicles begins with
The Owl Wrangler,
Guardians of the Sacred Seven and
Quest for The
Truth which chronicles the adventures of Hisbil, the teenage son of Gollsaer, the clan's Owl Wrangler whose job is to go out into the forest and 'awaken' wild owls looking for their next meal; Seldith elves are one of their favorites. Someday, Hisbil will have to take on his father's role--it's his herditas, but Gollsaer has disappeared, long before Hisbil has been taught the Owl Wrangler's spells. When the Seldith Council of Truth demands that he take up his father's wand, Hisbil realizes that he faces almost certain death.
And so the story begins.
third book in The Seldith Chronicles series Quest for The Truth
is now available on
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The Underlying Story
While on the surface, some might see The
Seldith Chronicles as an exciting young-adult story--and it is. But behind the scenes set in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, readers discover a biting commentary on a society that worships the truth but doesn't always accept it--even when it's staring them in the face.
To make this worthwhile reading, and stretch reading skills, the
books use words drawn from standardized high-school vocabulary references. In addition, book clubs have found quite a bit to discuss in regard to women's and young-adult roles in society as well as acceptance of media portrayal of current and past events.
Check out the preview...
Reviews and Recommendations...
Pam Binder, President and Program Director, Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA)
“I have had the honor of watching William grow as an author and storyteller during our summer conferences and monthly meetings. William is a strong writer with a compelling, fast paced story. In the tradition of the novel, Watership Down, the Owl Wrangler is a must read for those who enjoy adventure with a splash of fantasy.” Click here for more recommendations...
««««« "Where does this Vietnam-era combat helicopter pilot come up with such a imaginative story line? Wonderful stories, well told and impossible to put down. 'The Owl Wrangler' will introduce you to the Seldith's world, where your imagination will learn to fly again. 'Guardians' will expand their world as you find yourself cheering those that follow and protect the truth. Mr. Vaughn is a gifted storyteller who grips your attention from the first sentence and leaves you wanting more. I look forward to reading the final book of this wonderful trilogy."
««««« "As a parent of two girls, 8 and 11, I am selective of what reading material I allow them to read. This book meets with my complete approval and was a very enjoyable read for me as well. The story line is well developed and draws the reader to want to know more about the characters and find out what is going to happen to them as the plot unfolds. The book is full of fun characters and surprising twists sure to entertain boys and girls alike! The more adult political themes are transparent to the kids, but brings additional complexity to the adult readers. The children in the story learn important life lessons as they solve the, many times life-threatening, challenges that they face. I would recommend that you buy this book today! "
Dyan M. Garcia:
"The Owl Wrangler is a great book for the family to enjoy. The book is full of symbolism that makes it interesting to read. The characters are fun and well-rounded, and the storyline is engaging. We can't wait for the second book! "
««««« "What a wonderful book! I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and trying not to hurry to get to the next page, but it is damned difficult. You spin quite a yarn, my friend and it will truly go big. Congratulations."
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