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About the Author

Dennis Young?s interests and pursuits begin with a life-long fascination in Fantasy, Science Fiction and worlds beyond our own. His professional life has been in International Sales, working with people throughout the world in the Building/Construction Industry. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, continuing the tales of Ardwel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595444148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595444144
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,245,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When your only option is to write, you write. Worked wonderfully for J. K. Rowling, didn't it?
But that's not my story (pun intended).
I've worked a normal job all my life, from high school to the present. But in 2005 I decided it was time to set the tales of Ardwel down on paper (or on the computer screen), and get these stories I've carried for thirty years out of my head. So I wouldn't go... out of my head.
Actually it may have been too late.
So in eight years I've written four novels and one companion piece, have two more novels planned and six more companion pieces. Yeah, well, we all need a hobby, right?
After a long day of working in the international construction business and dealing with contractors, engineers, and consultants all over the world, I retreat into Ardwel and its cast of characters; the good, the bad, and the really ugly. We're talking butt-ugly in some cases, and not just looks. Nothing like a good bad guy to make the story more interesting.
You want blood and guts, we got it.
You want romance and hot sex, we got it.
You want moral dilemmas and hard choices, we got those, too.
But mostly we have great adventures, flawed heroes, and bad guys you just love to hate.
With your shield or on it, as the saying goes.
Don't give me that "have a nice day" stuff; give me a Red Day.
And wipe the blood and gore off your sword before it drips all over the carpet.

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Format: Paperback
An amazing adventure comprised of unlikely heroes and incredibly disturbed villains. Secret Fire tells the story of a thief running from the law and finds a strength within himself that he never expected. His adventures lead him into the friendship of human, half-elves, elves, dwarves and more to form the most unlikely band of misfit heroes. Yet, this band does what all of Ardwell has assumed impossible. In this book you will find loyalty, compassion, trial, miracles, faith, friendship and most importantly love. Fall in love with these characters as I have and join them in their adventure. Let the story engage your imagination and enthrall you with it's elegant dialogue.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Madison on August 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I for one was floored by Book One of Ardwellishian Chronicles. I mean literally, every page knocked me temporarily unconscious and caused me to lose complete control of my lower body and forced me to evacuate my bowels. Since this book is 512 pages long you can imagine how much of my own feces I'm currently encrusted with at the moment. But even the fact that I am virtually enrobed in my own filth can not stop from the singing the sweet, sweet praises of the Advillian Chronicles. First off, I'd like to applaud the author for his brave choice of having 47 main characters. It's not all jarring at all to have 20 or more of them talking at once in different color text or having them burst into song at random intervals like in chapters 2,3,4,15 as well the epilogue and the post-post epilogue. Even the revelation where 40 of the protagonists are revealed to actually be split personalities of the villain himself and the last seven are fetal septuplets that he had unknowingly absorbed in-utero is masterfully handled. Sure, some nitpickers may point out that a novel where all of the action is driven by a single character talking to himself and seven large meatball sized tumors growing out of his back may seem a little strange but I say dash them! DASH THEM! I loved every single syllable and consonant of the Ardvarkian Chronicles. I'll end with one of my favorite exchanges from Book One.

Shenyon: We're flying into the ass of Hell Seferel.

Seferel: You mean the actual ass of Hell, Shenyon?

Shenyon: No Seferel, not an actual ass with a functioning sphincter that is attached to miles and miles of intestines designed to absorb nutrients and excrete solid waste.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Van Sciver on April 14, 2013
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I prefer multi-volume sagas in Science Fiction and Fantasy categories, so when I saw this new fantasy series still being created I decided to take a chance. Boy was I glad I did! I've read literally thousands of novels in over fifty years of being a book lover, and I must say Dennis Young is now up there with my top ten favorite writers.
His characters get you invested right away and you end up laughing and crying and on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out what's going to happen next, but being surprised left and right. The people are real and I wound up caring about them and their lives. The imagination and detail of the world of Ardwel is rich and interesting.
One of the things I dislike most when I've slogged my way through series like Tolkein's Rings and the Wheel of Life series is that those authors force you to wade through five hundred pages of repetitious drek and their characters mumbling over and over the same things until you want to throw their books across the room waiting for something to happen! I mean I thought those two damn hobbits would NEVER get to Mordor, and you can only stomach so many times of a self absorbed biddy twisting her braid and fretting and stewing.
This series doesn't frustrate me like that, the action moves along quickly spread out over multiple story lines with foreshadowing and backshadowing and just enough exposition to ensure understanding in the end of the complex tapestry of the stories.
I highly recommend you give Ardwel a try. If this first book is any indication, the series is going to be fantastic in all senses. I plan to buy them all now with great anticipation. Thanks to the Author for creating them!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duane Porter on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in The Ardwellian Chronicles. Its lofty goal to present "high fantasy" scores well in some areas, but falls short in others.
Secret Fire introduces a large cast of characters who encounter and overcome huge obstacles. Each adventure is merely a prelude to the next, all tied loosely together by mysterious items found or a sudden urge to resolve a mystery decades old. It reminds me of a season of "24" where little chance is given for rest or recovery before the next crisis.
The good news is that there is a deep and intricate world formed for this fantasy stage. Mysteries must be solved, revealing increasingly dangerous threats at each turn. The way that Dennis Young weaves these complex story lines into a detailed world of fantasy is the strong point of this book.
The weakness is that it tries too hard to achieve a high-brow tone. This results only in passive language, stilted dialogue, and repetitive descriptions. Okay, maybe royalty in some imaginary dimension speak this way, but readers don't. The story is better shown through events and honest conversation at a level more easily consumed.
If you can get past the language and presentation, Secret Fire is an interesting read that paints a vivid picture of men, elves, and dwarves sharing a land threatened by evil. Don't give up too quickly; finding out the secret of the elf's tinker-toy collection is worth the wait.
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