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PROPHECY DENIED (Seasons of Time Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Rigdon
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Book Description

Lord Ladnor never wanted to be a hero. All he desired was to stay at home and rule Sha, Omirr’s largest and richest province. A summons from his uncle, Omirr’s Lord Protector, ends Ladnor’s isolationism. The assassinations of his cousins has left Ladnor the heir, obligating him to marry the reigning High Priestess, a woman of power and mystery, whose abilities have made her unpopular and feared.
When Ladnor declines, his uncle explains that neither of them is being given a choice. The prophesied apocalypse has named the Lord of Sha as the key to Omirr’s salvation.

Acclaim for Prophecy Denied

“…A high-spirited and thoroughly entertaining tale of two people’s journey and a nation’s quest to survive. Prophecy Denied is especially recommended for fantasy fans and genre enthusiasts who will look forward to the next volumes…”
-James Cox,
Midwest Book Review

…wonderful, lyrical writing. It’s a joy to read a book written with a unique voice and such skill…Fans of Tolkien will love this book. The story has everything: the quest, romance, adventure, wonderful and sometimes unusual characters, believable setting descriptions, and plenty of plot twists.”
-Marilyn Meredith,
author of Wing Beat, A Tempe Crabtree Mystery

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About the Author

M. L. Rigdon was born in historic Galena, Illinois, and now makes her home in Indiana with her husband.

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The city's ocher stone pavement ended between the Temple gates. A broad courtyard of glossy blue lay beyond. Ladnor was enveloped by the Temple's ominous presence the instant he stepped inside. He stopped, wary and acutely aware of an unwanted connection to this place.

The city was now a world apart. Under his feet, a seamless expanse of dark blue covered the courtyard all the way to the inner walls. The Temple's insignia lay in the center, white wings stretching out to touch the walls on both sides.

The Temple stood directly ahead, emanating purity and power, like a fixed, vigilant entity. Blue steps led up to the shadows under a broad portico of fluted pillars. The entry door had no handles, but that was the simplest thing to understand about the Temple's many oddities.

Ladnor tilted back his head and looked at the vision that had haunted him since he first saw it as an impressionable child. Then, he was terrified; now, he was intrigued. His logical nature was one that demanded rational answers, but what he looked upon defied explanation. A thrill of the unknown rippled up his spine as he made a study of the statue that topped the Temple dome.

The figure on the dome was female, heavily robed and hooded so that the face was concealed. Her left hand was extended in welcome, the open-palm gesture of peace and blessing. A forked lance was propped at attention in her right hand, and at her shoulders were upraised wings, poised for flight.

The fanciful addition of wings didn't bother him. It was the effect of the statue's properties that mesmerized. No other metal in the land resembled the crystalline blue of this statue. The robed figure glittered in the sunlight, fierce and vibrant against the backdrop of a brassy sky. Shimmering and incandescent, the statue captivated him. He felt curiously drawn to the duality of its ominous, yet benevolent, posture.

He had expected the courtyard to be full of worshippers, but only a small crowd had gathered. Petitioners, seeking to be healed, waited on the blue steps. Novices had assembled under the portico while he was staring at the statue. Since High Priestess wasn't among them, Ladnor lost interest.

And he felt uncomfortable under the statue's observant presence. He'd had the same impression passing through the city that morning, as if many eyes were watching. Chastising himself for letting this imagination get out of control, he left the courtyard.

He jogged along the Temple's exterior wall until he saw the street ahead. Slowing his pace, he entered the affluent Hillside District. The wide streets in this district were terraced with shallow flights of steps, and at this time of day, crowded with the local elite.

People stared at his haste in the enervating heat, bemused by his impatience and curious as to his identity. He was unable to suppress his aggravation when their languor forced him to waste time weaving around and through groups of rudely rooted individuals. He felt they had no business cluttering up the passageway with their fragrance-saturated bodies. Their bows of acknowledgement at the sight of Sha's torque around his neck inflamed his surly mood.

The heavy necklace Ladnor wore was ancient, clasped in the center with charger jaws locked in eternal combat, symbolizing the wearer's ownership and obligation to his province. He ignored the covetous glances drawn to the sparkling green gems embedded in the metal's subtle luster.

A commotion erupted farther down the street just as he reached the spiked fence in front of Protector House. Doors to houses slammed, and courtyard gates clanged shut. The suddenly deserted street was permeated with an unnatural silence and stillness.

Ladnor backed up the flight of steps, searching for an alcove in which to hide, but found none. He peered down the street that had so quickly emptied and saw the reason for the abrupt evacuation.

The bobbing, serpentine head of a charger appeared. Its large, luminous eyes warily surveyed the street, searching for an enemy. A Cavalry warrior was mounted on the charger's high, short back. Three of her comrades rode in single file behind her on their own nervous mounts.

He had no fear of these semi-domesticated beasts of war. He'd been blessed with the gift of empathy with chargers, and relatives of the charger--not nearly as magnificent as the approaching Cavalry mounts--ran wild in Sha's misty forests and remote hills. The violent and often volatile beats accepted orders from females with an empathic gift, which made Ladnor's ability all the more precious and amazing. He was modest about this remarkable talent in public, but in private, he gloated endlessly.

He studied the black charger in the lead, the largest he'd ever seen, a massive specimen with intelligent eyes and a viciously aggressive attitude. The sloping shoulder and short neck were heavy with muscle, the legs longer and finer than most of his kind.

Without the spiked battle armor, the approaching military mounts didn't appear as ferocious, but Ladnor, wise in the ways of the beasts, pressed his body flat against the side of a house. An irritated slash of their fanged jaws and filed teeth could lacerate to the bone, and if in earnest, could easily take off a head or limb. They were draped in frilly parade tack. Bright colored ribbons had been tied to the tufts of mane on the stout necks, belying the grim fact that they were living machines of destruction--sly in a fight, fearless in combat, and unfailingly devoted to their riders. Each pair of black, red-rimmed eyes turned back to glare, glistening with distrust. As they strode by, each mount displayed a snarl of possessive warning.

Ladnor stepped away from the wall and into the middle of the empty street, watching powerful tail-docked rumps retreat up the steps. If nothing else, it had been worth the trip to see the chargers on parade.

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  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark,Inc.; 3 edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7EQ92
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, realistic characters in a fantasy novel March 28, 2011
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Ladnor of Sha has no desire to become Lord Protector. He refuses to join himself with Omirr's High Priestess to save their land. He doesn't believe in prophecies. He believes in determination and hard work. But Fate doesn't consider his wishes. His destiny is preordained. And that's why I like him. A reluctant hero gets me every time. The High Priestess is no slouch either. Both characters ring true and complex. As in most good fantasy novels, they're pitted against staggering odds--a province that's grown self-indulgent, an enemy who undermines religion and kills heirs to wrest power for himself, and a portent of the Dawn That Bleeds. The land of Omirr is on the brink of disaster, but what a land! Full of chargers who can kill with a single, savage slash, harpies, and fflorin--it's a world filled with wonder, and I loved turning pages, exploring its joys and dangers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 22, 2013
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This book was great, made you feel like you were right there with the characters, fighting along with them and rejoicing with them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful book! May 31, 2013
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This is an excellent book, the characters are fully expanded, but not so much so you get annoyed. They are beleivable with their own faults, attitudes, likes amd dislikes. The book starts at a normal pace and just gets faster and faster until the end! Well worth my time!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prophwcy Denied October 26, 2012
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Not to bad. The pacing is sometimes every uneven or slow. The story itself is very good. It does tend to get wordy at times, like the writer lost the thread and had to come back around to it. If you can it free it is worth a look
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 25, 2012
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A good book. No grammar, spelling, formatting, or other mistakes. Well written. I often skim books for plot, but the descriptions in this book drew me in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth February 8, 2013
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Finding good books to suit my taste can sometimes be a bumpy ride. After some of those bumpy rides recently I settled into this story as I would a comforting bubble bath. A good story, well written. Ahhhhhh, smooooooth.

A fantastical tale about the hopeless majority turning away from the truth and sinking into hedonism, while the battle for right is carried on by the glorious few and beyond all odds. In the trappings of a unique fantasy world it even remains relevant. Irresistible.

I also appreciate the fact that although this is the first of a 3-part series, it can be enjoyed in its own right.

I would definitely recommend this book and this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it May 8, 2014
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This book really drew me in. I had a hard time putting it down as Ladnor struggled to avoid his fate, then eventually had to face his destiny and meet the prophesied threat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read December 13, 2013
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This book is so original and refreshing. I loved the main characters! The story was well paced and the adventures were imaginative. This author has such a fresh take on things! Love her. Can't wait for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book!
An extraordinary fantasy world where unimagined things happen, and the characters have special supernatural instincts or powers. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!!!
I truly liked the characters, the setting and the plot. I was taken to another world where fantasy ruled. I couldn't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Barbara Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very well written. Very realistic characters. I was hooked immediately. Lord Ladnor accepts his fate and becomes Lord Protector to save their land.
Published on May 1, 2013 by Stacey Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Even my picky daughter liked this book!
This was DEFINITELY the best fantasy I've ever read! I could hardly put it down. The characters, plot, and setting were all winners. Read more
Published on December 12, 2012 by Madison WI Connie
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I absolutely loved Prophecy Denied! It was such a page turner, I found it impossible to put down. I must say, I lacked sleep when I groggily awoke in the morning due to the late... Read more
Published on October 30, 2012 by Rebecca Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophecy Denied
This is the book that started a renewed interest in fantasy for myself and locked me into the M. L. Rigdon fan club. Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by John
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I was surprised and delighted with the plot. The characters were real and engaging. Excellent Read..could barely put it down.
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More About the Author

M.L.Rigdon grew up in historic Galena, IL and spent most of her time in the museum of her aunt, who encouraged her interest in history and understood the need to cherish a dream. She started writing in secret in her teens and never stopped, merging it with her mother's encouragement to study theater and music, which led to performing in the Midwest, California and as far away as Austria.

Rigdon's favorite genre is fantasy, but since she loves to read everything, she also writes contemporary, romance, and YA. (Yes, she knows you're supposed to stick to one genre but can't stop herself.) Rigdon has eleven titles on Kindle, including the final book in the awarding winning SEASONS OF TIME trilogy, and writing as Julia Donner, THE TIGRESSE AND THE RAVEN, an RWA contest finalist.

She never forgot what it was like to write alone as a girl and is a happy member of Summit City Scribes. A concern for the failing educational system led her to develop Your Futures In Ink, a panel of local and regional authors, who go into schools to answer questions about writing. She also assisted poet Mia Elkovsky Phoebus in the compilation of AN I NOT LEFT BEHIND, available on Amazon.

The fourth book in Donner's regency Friendship series, THE DUCHESS AND THE DUELIST is available now. THE DARK EARL AND HIS RUNAWAY is scheduled for release in Spring 2015 and LORD CARNALL AND MISS INNOCENT Fall 2015. Please visit her website for more about these upcoming titles.

The next installment of the YA fantasy SONGS OF ATLANTIS, CANTICLE OF DESTRUCTION, is slated for Winter 2015.

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