From the Author
The Teutevar Saga is a unique blend of my favorite book and movie genres. That was how the story began -- as a way for me to combine my favorite entertainment forms. The original story can trace its roots to classical fantasy such as Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Lloyd Alexander but also drew from the creations of Brian Jacques, George R. R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Joe Abercrombie and George Lucas, to name a few. Where my stories take a different path from traditional fantasy, however, can be traced back to the numerous John Wayne movies I grew up watching and the rugged mountain landscape that is my home. As a writer, I have labored to make Out of Exile a little bit of everything I love. I truly believe the end results is like nothing you have ever read -- classical mythology, epic fantasy and American Western themes all rolled in to one.
My characters were inspired by personalities in a multitude of books, movies and even video games. They also have touches of real people I have crossed paths with and a little bit of me went in to each one as well. While each varies in levels of good and bad -- I suppose some even have a little ugly -- I approach them all as very real individuals, people with hopes and dreams, tempers and fears, joys and sorrows, pasts and futures.
I did my best to make Out of Exile a story that can be enjoyed by most audiences, from beginning adolescents to adults, even the ones who call themselves grown ups. It was my goal for readers to be able to lose themselves in the world of Peldrin that I have created. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much I have writing it.
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