Authors: J.T. Hartke
Tags: #wizard, #magic, #fantasy, #saga, #fantasy series, #mythic fantasy, #gods and goddess, #epic fantasy, #quest, #dark fantasy, #fantasy saga, #epic, #adventure
n a time before the Dragon Wars consumed Tarmor, the Dragonsouls ruled over the five races. Then, during the destruction of the Cataclysm that followed the wars, the Dragonsouls disappeared. Most wizards thought them destroyed forever, and a great peace settled over the land, each of the five races finding its place, decimated and hidden as it may be.
But the winds of Chaos blow eternal, and peace can never last. Secrets thought hidden are oft discovered. Though magic only remains in the hands of a few, and the Paladins of Balance are vanishing, some may still stand against the coming storm. Those who will rise have yet to prove themselves, and who stokes the tempest is yet to be known.
“A Balance Broken” is the first tale of The Dragonsoul Saga, a story to span an epic horizon, yet enter the hidden recesses of the human heart, even if that heart is not so human.
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ISBN: 978-1-936525-64-5 (ePub/PDF)
ePub Edition: July 2012
Printed in the United States of America
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this novel are either fictitious
or are used fictitiously.
ello and thank you for purchasing this eBook edition of A Balance Broken - Book One fo the Dragonsoul Saga by J. T. Hartke.
Just a note before you start reading. For those who have been following I.I.I. since its inception in 2008, you know that we take great pride in not only producing an entertaining product, but a high quality one as well. This is evident in the quality of our print and audio books. We are attempting to be as diligent with our electronic books.
Unfortunately, in the realm of eBooks, there are many limitations that we must contend with. Though the epub format is standardized, with many features available to publishers, eBook reading devices and programs are not so kind. Some tend to sidestep the use of the standards set forth in the ePub criteria. The most notable is their lack of use of custom fonts. For most books the font style is not really important. For our series however, we use different fonts to let the reader know when different languages are being spoken. Some eReaders ignore the codes that set up our special fonts.
So, to make you aware of this, below is a sample picture of how the text “should” look.
The following is the same text, but in code and displayed by your eBook reader. Please note if there are any differences, you may not see our special fonts later in this book.
Normal Text - Most of the book
Italic Text - For inner monologue
Dialogue - Dragonsoul speach
If both of the above look the same (or similar) you should be fine. If the text on the bottom example shows no difference from any other text, you may read a section of this story that seems odd. Just remember that it may be that some characters are speaking in a language that other characters present cannot understand. We have also found a few instances where the above text displays correctly on this page, yet incorrectly later in the book. We do not know why certain eBook readers have this issue. We simply wanted to make you aware of it. If you find that something is not working on your device, find an error, or have some advice on improving this eBook edition, please feel free to email us at [email protected]
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he startlement at seeing your first words in print notwithstanding, I should take a page to thank those who made this possible.
First, let me thank Drake, Rob, Jo, and Lorraine, who found a rusty blade and polished it as best they could. I hope the steel they found underneath reaches our readers. I also want to thank Brie, Brian, and the rest of the staff at I.I.I. for being eternally patient and committed to the Dragonsoul project.
I also want to thank Amy, Colby, Kari, and Joe, who actually took the time to read the drafts before I learned to write (better). I appreciate the undeserved compliments. And to my family and friends who never doubted – thanks so much for the support.
And mostly, thanks to Julie, who makes it all possible just by being who she is. I would never have thought myself an “artist” until she dared to let me think so.