"The richly imagined world of Arkane is the backdrop to
the thrilling story of the orphaned Wingheart brothers' fight to save their
homeland from an evil, immortal power. The novel offers suspense, danger, and a
cleverly devised system of elemental magic that fantasy readers will relish. Wingheart:
Luminous Rock is a captivating introduction to a complex and exciting
~ Susan Kernohan
, Youth Services Librarian
and Co-Chair of Young Voices Magazine, Toronto Public Library
"Wingheart: Luminous Rock is a gripping, fabulous tale masterfully
told by Benjamin Gabbay, an author whose talent belies his youth. In the story,
sixteen-year-old Magnus Wingheart, who happens to be the same age as the
author, and his older brother, Drake, find themselves drawn into a fantastical
world of magic, mystery, and supernatural characters that spills into the boys'
real world. Benjamin's fertile imagination and deft use of language pull the
reader into the strange world of this enthralling tale, and make it impossible
to put down."
~ Andrea Lemieux
, former associate director at CBC
"I marvel at the imaginative sweep that Benjamin Gabbay has brought to
this exciting story, written with a disciplined but ever engaging structure and
made all the more enthralling by his mature writing skills. It is a fantastic
tale well told and one with profound underpinnings. I have no doubt it will
find a devouring and devoted readership."
~ Mark W. Finnan
, Author, Actor, Playwrightmarkfinnan.com
From the Author
In writing Wingheart: Luminous Rock
, I set out to spin a story that did not just employ the themes commonly associated with the fantasy genre, but that affirmed their reality. Quite like the protagonist in the book, Magnus, I refused to accept that magical objects have special capabilities simply because they are magical, or that an alternate world exists without origin, purpose, or definitive location. Stubbornly seeking explanations for the things that are often taken for granted in fantasy and fiction, I strove to invent plausible scientific frameworks for everything from the conjuring of magic to how the spirits of the dead interact with--and sometimes cleverly manipulate--those in the mortal realm.
The story revolves around the world of Arkane, one of Earth's parallel dimensions--a concept not foreign to current scientific theory. With its society, culture, and technology built on a meticulously devised system of elemental magic, Arkane is a highly advanced world unlike any other. When it becomes the stage for a battle against a madman obsessed with the rebirth of a medieval empire, the result is a uniquely colorful juxtaposition of castle dungeons and clockwork revolvers.Wingheart
is a story that mixes the best of the fantasy genres--it is contemporary without clichés such as a vampire romance or a supernatural teen's troubles in high school; it is epic without being a trite tale of a medieval war between elves and trolls. Luminous Rock
's heroes are as ordinary as can be, not favored by any prophecy or gifted with any special powers beyond courage, ingenuity, and determination.
In its entirety, the planned Wingheart trilogy is a chronicle spun across three novels that each interweave with, and build on, the next. It is the tale of a struggle against an indomitable enemy grown from the simplest seeds of human greed and fear, yet with roots that span millennia, reaching the dawn of Arkane civilization and the origins of magic.
"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"
~ John Lennon