“Graywullf” began as a college writing assignment in the 1990’s. I was assured by fellow classmates and our instructor that there was a novel length story in those first twenty pages and over the course of the next few years I coaxed more and more of the story into life. As “Graywullf” grew and matured, the story itself evolved, first beginning with a young man’s search for his history and family then going much farther back in time to lay the groundwork for the land of Norland and the magii’ri race. The concept of combining a fantasy with the gritty action and realism of a western was injected, and Lorn Graywullfand his band of gunslinging lawmen were born. But something was missing. A character that every reader would love to hate, or hate to love, was needed. Enter the Dark Wizard Lynch, a self proclaimed Thief, Executioner and Dragon Rider who placed his own interests first without fail. Lynch was the catalyst, the spark, the raging brush fire that ignited the various facets of “Graywullf” and welded them into one. “Graywullf” is a stand alone story, but it also introduces characters and concepts that are essential to the rest of the trilogy. And some twelve hundred pages later readers will discover the fate of Norland, as well as that of Luke Graywullf, Mathias and even Lynch.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Genre: Western / Fantasy
Author: Thomas Rottinghaus
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About the Book:
The Dark Wizard Lynch had lived several ages of men being loyal only to himself. But when he was accidentally rescued from certain death by the Warrior Lorn Graywullf, he found himself in the unfamiliar position of being indebted to another. To repay that debt, Lynch offers to help the Warriors reverse a spell that would wreak havoc on their World. Of course, he neglected to mention that action would serve his own interests as well. In the process, Lynch discovers much to his chagrin that he does still have a soul and a conscience.
He also discovers that the Warriors are fighting a battle they can’t win against a common enemy, a Wizard named Timon Backhelm. Only Lynch knows his complicated history with Timon, and the real reason he has sworn to kill him or be killed trying. But when Lynch realizes the extent of Timon’s power, he knows the only way to win is to initiate the creation of the Dragonspawn, a magical, physical blend of the strengths of a Dragon and an ultimate Warrior. The question is, will the Dragonspawn be loyal to those who created him, or will he simply destroy them all?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas Rottinghaus has been an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a student of the written Word, since becoming enamored with J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” as a freshman in high school. Drawing from influences as varied as Tolkien, Stephen King, and Isaac Asimov, he wrote his first foray into the publishing world, “Graywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy” Thomas studied literature and journalism at Colorado Mesa University before pursuing other interests. He resides in beautiful Western Colorado with his wife, Lisa, a herd of barn cats and their friend Scout, a shepherd and Labrador mix.