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The Demon by GJ Scherzinger | The Deck of the Numinon Book Tour | @PublishingRune #Fantasy

                           The Deck of the Numinon (A Tales of Terranovae Novel) by GJ Scherzinger is on a virtual book tour. The fantasy st...


The Deck of the Numinon (A Tales of Terranovae Novel) by GJ Scherzinger is on a virtual book tour.

The fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card, a
print copy of the book or 3 Illustrated Tarot Cards (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

 The Demon

One of my earliest story concepts was approaching the tale from the viewpoint of the Demon. Where did the Balrog come from in Lord of the Rings? What was the motivation? They seemed like aimless thoughts, but they germinated into a demon of great power and ability and from those seeds, the story ‘Demon of the Black Gate’ was born.

That story was admittedly hijacked by the character of Cerra, the blind woman I placed in his path to break the spell that was laid over him. Even so, the dynamic power of his character is central to the story. The demon was created by ill sorcery, a human soul shriven into the basic elements of fire, water, air, and earth. His powers derived from those pure elements, as unbridled as nature and driven by the empty agony of his prison, the Void.

When he is freed from the sorcerous hold by chance, he escapes in a rampage that ends in exhaustion near the cabin of Cerra, the blind woman. It is the aura of the man he once was that penetrates her dark vision. In one of the most touching scenes in the book, he allows her to mold him into the shape that she saw. Through her intervention and patience, he comes to terms with existence beyond the spells of his captors. As he becomes more aware of his humanity, the efforts of the wizard to regain control become more drastic.

There are passages in ‘Demon of the Black Gate’ where the reader sees the world through the demon’s eyes, which for me was an exercise in giving emotional relevance to elements. What would air evoke? Or earth? Or fire? Or any combination. There is a darting rampage to fire and a peaceful weight in water, a solidness to ground that isn’t measured in time. A creature of the elements would be driven by the basest of emotions and I tried to impart that to the demon’s reality as he evolved and changed through the story.

At the center of both stories lies the blind woman, Cerra. The transformation to Demon has left him bereft of the sense of morality, for nature has no standard. Morality is cultural and only Man wishes to make morality a defined notion. The demon recognizes his strength comes from utilizing all of the elements in conjunction, as much as his various forms allow. Cerra was the one soul in his shattered world that wanted nothing from him, only his well-being. She restores in him the essences of morality, insights that come with patience and inquiry. That unerring flame proved to be more powerful than the magics sent to recapture him, a spell that was no spell at all, only genuine compassion.

The Demon is very climactic in his various forms, from dust-devils to towering storms, fiery plasmas to granite pyres. Nature is malleable and the Demon is able to find form in all of it, depending on the balance of his elements. In ‘The Deck of the Numinon’ the Demon is dissembled into the most gaseous quality of air by a sorcerous encounter and abandoned to timeless atmospheres while Cerra is left to confront dangers on her own.

Though Cerra has the starring role, the Demon owns a commanding presencee in ‘the Deck of the Numinon’. Indeed, without his incredible powers, some of the forces unleashed by the Deck could not have been defeated. His presence to the Seer shows as the card ‘Abbadon’, one of the most powerful cards in the Deck, and often laid as so the outcome is uncertain.

As Cerra did for herself along the journey, the Demon is forced to acknowledge and accept the being he has become, thereby breaking the bonds of Time.

(Tarot Art by Bluebird - essay from the author’s Facebook page)

The Deck of the Numinon
A Tales of Terranovae Novel
by GJ Scherzinger
Genre: Fantasy

Full Color Illustrations

With a turn of the cards, a Stone Giant breaks loose from the Granite Mountains, leaving a path of destruction through the Regency of the Stands. The fabled guard towers of Safrasco are destroyed by a sorcerous griffin, the threat of war rising in its wake. Captain Ferriman turns to a blind herb trader named Cerra Meadows in the hopes she can help him navigate the sorcerous paths that threaten the peace of the Empire.

The Cards are drawn, the cast put into play. The Deck is ruled by the majics that created it. Events take on a life of their own, reliant on the strengths and motivations of the players whose avatars are determined by the draw. The Queen of Quills represents qualities that Cerra must embrace in order to discover the identity of the Seer and locate the Cards before her world runs out of Time.

Greg Scherzinger spent the bulk of his career as a TV Producer and Director, and skiing as much as possible in the Western mountains and the Alps, before leaving the broadcast business and spending the next 13 years living on a 41' yawl in NW Washington. He has sailed the Inside Passage, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas. The author's newest book, “The Henna Witch”, along with "The Wizard of Grimmer's Wharf", was written after he moved to a small farm in the coastal hills of his native Oregon. "The House on Chambers Court" was penned while living in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur in Mexico. He wrote his first book, "Demon of the Black Gate" while residing in the San Juan Islands.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card, 
Print Copy of Book and 3 Illustrated Tarot Cards 
– 1 winner each  

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