Power of the Ancients
In the year 2327 ACE…
Zane Landstrom would rather fight than meditate. Seventeen years old, he is apprenticed to the Dentville sage to learn the Order of Gaia’s accumulated wisdom for helping people survive in a collapsed world. Yet he yearns to be a warrior. His chance comes with the Warlord Elder’s offer of a place in the army.
If Zane accepts, he’ll be allowed to abandon his apprenticeship. He’ll also have to face, with sword and shield, the guns of the invading Corbyn Empire. Dentville’s only hope for fighting off the Empire is a centuries-old piece of technology preserved in the ruins since the twenty-first century. The Power is hidden by Zane’s sage master and sought by antagonistic factions.
Zane is caught in the middle when he is able to detect the Power’s hiding place with the psychic abilities growing in him along with teen-aged angst. To find his destiny and save Dentville, Zane will confront genetically engineered monsters, bandits, two-faced friends, deadly ancient tech, roiling hormones, and the tangled schemes of warlords, sages, and priests.
Whether as warrior or sage, Zane’s fate will be bound with the high-tech Power that failed to save the Ancients’ world, but is desperately needed to save his.
Caught up in the struggle to possess the Power of the Ancients are:
Zane Landstrom: The 17 year-old apprentice sage to Branch who, though he has psychic abilities that could make him a powerful sage, would rather be a warrior.
Branch: Sage of the Order of Gaia assigned to Dentville. He protects the secret of the Power that he hides from the ambitions of warlords. His adherence to duty is tested by the breakup of his surrogate family.
Nia Bellengrath: The "not to be trifled with" 16 year-old daughter of Military Elder Kent Bellengrath. She is trying to assume her lost brother's place as aide to her father, but her sympathies for the people of Dentville and the Order of Gaia put her at odds with him.
Coriander: High Sage of the Order of Gaia. She opposes the Terra Vox and leads the fight to keep the secret of the Ancients' power from them. Her desire for family compromises her convictions.
Kent Bellengrath: Military Elder of Dentville. He is building a standing army to establish Dentville's dominion over the surrounding settlements. If he could empower his army with the recovered technology and weaponry of Sedona, he could challenge the Corbyn Empire for control of all the lands south of the ice. But first he must control and divide his opposition.
Brother Sartis: Priest of the Helodarian "True Faith" religion. Sartis settled in Dentville when the Heodarian were banished from the Corbyn Empire. He attached himself to the Dentville army under Kent Bellengrath's patronage and is working to spread the True Faith even as he helps Kent build his army and a Dentville Empire.
Fennec: Order of Gaia sage who left Sedona to join the Terra Vox. He works for their mission of seeking an alliance of settlements to pressure the sages of Sedona into giving up their secrets of the Ancients' power. Convictions gray for him, however, especially under the influence of his Naenth lover, Mithra.
Mithra: Green eyed, green haired, woman warrior from the western mountains. She is of the Naenth people: descendants of genetically modified humans from the time of the Ancients. Long-lived and strong, the Naenth have a genetic mandate to mate with humans and are loyal to the Order of Gaia. Mithra has bonded with Fennec, and seeks to sway him from the Terra Vox in order to protect the Order of Gaia at Sedona.
Elgarth Timis: The young apprentice sage from the Memphis settlement who wants to complete his training with Branch after the death of his own master. He is sensitive to energies coming from the ruins called, "the House-in-the-Hill" which becomes marketable knowledge for him, and tests his loyalties.
These fight and love in the world we created for them. Will they survive the Power of the Ancients?
Power of the Ancients is the first book of Ray Foy's post-apocalypse epic. Watch this website and his Facebook Page for news of the epic's status and release dates.
Here's a preview short story about life in Dentville: Target Practice
Release date: To be announced.
Artwork by Debra Grayson of The New Day Project