With an abundance of diverse life and towering mountains on all sides, the vibrant landscape of Brightwood Forest is her sanctuary. For 19 years Amber has grown up with the forest at her doorstep. In her eyes, it is a place of beautiful complexity and she feels drawn to the pulse of life within. Creatures of legend from the bard’s tales inspire her dreams to maybe, one day, catch a glimpse of them. When she isn’t helping her friend Anna at the Legendary Animal Farm, she is teaching man and beast how to thrive together. Valuing life above anything else, she looks for the good in people even when there seems to be none. In Amber’s mind the future is filled with her family and friends, her beloved town of Thunder Ridge, and creatures of all kinds.
Life is as harsh and unforgiving as the desolate and barren landscape of the Wilderness. There is only one thing that matters to Rex, loyalty to the Dragon Clan. The dust and heat of the wilderness are a constant reminder that apart from the Clan he is and has nothing. For the majority of his 24 years of life he has learned the lesson that mercy is weakness. Anger is his friend. Compassion is his enemy. Vengeance is his security. Failure is worse than death. Losing his parents at an early age, his commander Zane is the only person he looks to now. Though he commits himself to prove worthy, a war rages within his mind. A battle between the man he is and the boy he once was.
Almost three decades ago, Zane walked away from a weak and naïve world. The Clan promised a life of strength and purpose. Like the bleak scene of the frigid Icelands to the North, life, from Zane’s critical gaze, is cold, brutal, harsh, and short. Though he has clansmen under his command, the only thing he trusts is his massive two-handed sword and shield. Everything else is a tool to be used for the Dragon Clan’s benefit. Always focused on his next mission, he executes the Khan’s will while embodying the Clan’s belief that mercy is weakness.
Lucas Fischhaber holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in the same field from Idaho State University. He is a proud veteran, former Army Captain, and nuclear thermal rocket engineer who currently works in the nuclear power industry.
Appreciating a good story, he set out to create an experience by crafting an imaginative novel for his kids to enjoy as they get older, and for others to be inspired by. He works diligently to expand the world of Solaris while writing the second book. Most precious to him are his faith, beautiful wife of 14 years, and three amazing kids. Like the traveling Bard of Solaris he lives on the gratitude of his audience.
Fischhaber’s enchanting descriptions of Solaris draw the reader into the novel and take you on a journey into a world of ancient ruins and mythical creatures in the midst of a growing tempest. For those seeking adventure, this novel will take you to the depths of a gathering storm and into an age of wondering.
Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia tales, A Gathering Storm is rich in meaningful storytelling that encourages the reader to grow in wonder of the quest found within the pages. This book satisfies the appetite of imagination while simultaneously reminding one that real-world adventure awaits all who are courageous enough to pursue it.