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Wingheart: Luminous Rock [Kindle Edition]

Benjamin Gabbay
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Book Description

Magnus Wingheart never knew about the world of Arkane. He never knew about the past his older brother, Drake, had kept hidden from him, nor that his parents had died at the hands of an inhuman enemy in a city he had never known to exist. When that enemy resurfaces, sixteen-year-old Magnus, Drake, and their former guardian, Cecil Handel, become ensnared in a deadly hunt for an elusive object they know almost nothing about. Their only escape entails confronting their pursuer—the immortal madman Daimos Recett, the pivotal figure in a grand scheme that arches across the realms of existence and threatens all of Arkane.
Carved with an ever-deepening plot, Wingheart: Luminous Rock weaves magic, technology, and science in an enthralling tapestry that rends the line between fantasy and reality.

Editorial Reviews


"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 trilogy."
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 Television, Toronto

"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, Playwright

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.

Fantastical wishes,

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 682 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988054302
  • Publisher: Arkane Books; 1 edition (September 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098LSN2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy! October 22, 2012
It was a captivating read from the first page on! I had a hard time staying away from the book, until I finished the whole 600 pages. It is a saga unfolding. The plot was easy to navigate through and I enjoyed the different characters.
Looking forward to the next installment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait May 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What a wonderful book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. I can't wait for the next one, and I recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for next book in the trilogy November 12, 2012
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This is a captivating read. The characters are rich and you care what happens to them. The plot is complex enough to be riveting yet easy enough in which to become engrossed -- page after page. I'm not typically a fantasy reader (I'm in my 50s and prefer biographies) but these characters feel real. As an author myself, I know the long hours that went into thinking about each plot twist and the research necessary to describe a new world consistently throughout a long novel. Benjamin Gabbay must not wait too long before fulfilling the promise of Volume 2 and 3!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wingheart: Luminous Rock November 7, 2012
It is a beautiful book - even before you get into the story itself. The author has told a rich and detailed story of magic and adventure that kept me reading to the end. I loved the detail and his wonderful imagination that has created new worlds and ideas. His is more than just a little magic and a drop or so fantasy, but the complex imaginings of how this new world view would all hang adventure and a good think! Bravo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased November 5, 2012
Most new authors tend to be either good or bad, but this isn't the case. It's not an easy book to read, however I did enjoy it to the fullest.

Ben knew what he was getting himself into, though the question remains.Is the next installment going to be even better?
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More About the Author

Benjamin Gabbay is a young writer in Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from mythology, the supernatural, and intriguing scenes of the everyday world, he loves to fashion meticulous, intricate story lines that infuse a stunning new realism into classic fantasy. His first book, "Wingheart: Luminous Rock," was published just prior to his 17th birthday.

When he is not busy writing, Benjamin enjoys music, photography, and other forms of art, including digital art and Web design. He is the creator of an online game, the challenging Web riddle Cipher: Crack the Code (, which has fans in several countries, including China and the Philippines. Benjamin is also a passionate student of classical piano and composition, whose work can be viewed on his YouTube music channel ( He is currently pursuing studies at The Royal Conservatory School of Music. Benjamin enjoys attending a teen writers' group at North York Central Library and is a member of the Toronto Public Library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group.


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