WELCOME TO THE MYSTERY OF LYGON ISLAND . . .
THE ROCK RING
The Salt Pride lygons live peacefully on Lygon Island with their companions the geflars until their ruler decides to create a retreat where he can go to avoid his royal duties. The disaster that ensues jeopardises the future of the island. In desperation they turn to their retired queen, Myrra, who makes the difficult journey to the mainland to seek help, only to find that the future of all of Fraith is at stake, and seeking help may lead to the extermination of her beloved geflars.
Meanwhile, a mistrustful group of people are caught on a ship heading inexorably for Lygon Island, which is the last place their Captain ever wants to go. He is afraid that he will be remembered
Then Mithia, the enigmatic dragon arrives and no one knows if he intends to help, or to betray the geflars.
Myrra returns to the island with her new ally Elissa, but is distraught to find the salt-plain violated and her eggs missing. Evidence incriminates Elissa, and Myrra must discover her motive and the location of her precious eggs.
The geflars are horrified by the arrival of Mithia, the enigmatic dragon. They are sure that other dragons will follow, and they will be exterminated. It is too late for them to hide, and they cannot desert the people who rely on them.
Meanwhile, Mithia discovers terrifying shaleworms invading the undersea. No one knows where they have come from, or how to stop them.
It is up to Mithia to deal with the infestation, but he has never encountered creatures like this before.
The lands of Fraith are dying, and the heart of the island must be healed – even for a powerful dragon is this all too much?
Will Myrra take the unprecedented step and kill Royal Aidon? Even if she does she cannot prevent the dragons from exterminating the geflars. They all wait in dread.
Meanwhile Royal Aidon seems strangely determined to take Elissa as his consort, while Myrra's long lost son Vereda is trapped in the undersea unable to save her from this terrible fate.
Young Rhosyn of the Brycthns needs to mend the lygons' delicate ceremonial collar to earn the return of her mother, but no one knows how to do this. She fears she will never see her mother again.
The heart of the island is fractured, the health of the geflars is failing, the island itself is disintegrating . . .
Is Mithia the dragon intent on saving them, or ensuring their destruction?
Can Myrra save her island, her pride and her devoted geflars?
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THE ROCK RING
Just finished it! Excellent story that I thoroughly enjoyed. There's so much going on it is no surprise that there is more to read. I feel like a myrid person anxiously awaiting the next installment of the geflars' scribe tales!
Fantasy has long been a haven where in real world political and social issues can be discussed under the guise of a more imaginative world. This escapism is often both exciting and liberating as we unshackle the chains of reality and indulge in a world that, on the surface that seems so distinct from our own. Mercia appears to have a key understanding of the escapist components of fantasy, as well as the commentary it can provide on our own world by holding a mirror to our political and social issues. All this is neatly tied together with a smooth and coherent writing style and a vocabulary that paints an intriguing world. I won’t spoil anything, but I’d recommend this novel for anyone interested in indulging in a unique fantasy landscape with a dash of real world commentary.
I am not usually much of a reader yet i LOVED this book. The art work is fantastic. My imagination went wild as i imagined the characters.
I love it! Haven't been able to stop reading it. I love the idea of lygons and the politics and plotline so far. I love that the main characters aren't human! Defiently worth it, keen to see how it ends!
As expected, "Lygon Island- The Undersea" had me completely hooked from page one to the very end. Arlo Mercia delivers another work of art in a masterful tale about the land of Fraith. My only disappointment is that there isn't more (yet)! So, if you enjoy reading something fully original that goes beyond the common imagination please read both "Lygon Island- The Undersea" and the first installment, "Lygon Island- The Rock Ring." I guarantee you will be glad you did.
One day this will be a movie franchise.
Written in a unique voice that is reminiscent of Tolkien and honors the classic high fantasy writing style, "The Rift" leaves readers with a sense of completion and a satisfaction that these characters will live on after the pages are done turning. I've come to know the people/creatures of this story as though they were real, the complexity of their lives only proves Arlo Mercia's genius. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and will make sure to continue reading from this author.