Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack - The Gnarl Trilogy

Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack - The Gnarl Trilogy

Jeff Hopkins

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Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack - The Gnarl Trilogy

Jeff Hopkins 

1. Gnarl: A Sword and Sandals Allegory

Generis, the son of the Lord Genet of the City State in the north is selected as a human sacrifice. His father is ruled by the legend and the lore and cannot prevent the death of his only son. However, with the help of the Lady Siliqua he does manage to secure a line of succession. When a grandson is born he survives by a miracle after he presented twisted in the breech position, with the umbilical cord knotted around his neck. As a consequence he is given the name Gnarl.

The Lord Genet fosters his grandson, Gnarl, out to a fisherman, Cuanzo, and his wife, Sheidel, and the boy has an idyllic childhood. His days are filled with fishing, swimming, diving, and exploring the limestone coast in the fishing village close to the port that serves the City State. Sheidel educates him and inspires him with stories of the legends of the past.

At age twelve Gnarl must do four years military service and those years prove to be challenging, dangerous, and in the end totally devastating. He shares the four years of training with a boy called Kyler, who "only ever wanted to be a baker." Gnarl and Kyler's daring adventures takes them to the Khalif's City in the south where they gain work and vital knowledge that could prove of crucial importance to the survival of their own City State in the north. The Khalif encounters and spares Pevan, and commissions him to perform a dangerous task, which ultimately affects Gnarl's own future.

With courage, determination, and considerable strategic skill, Gnarl and Kyler fight their way through challenging trials, and eventually Gnarl gains some sense of justice for the dead father he never knew.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 212

Internal pages: B&W

2. Lord Gnarl, A Sequel to Gnarl

Lord Gnarl receives information that might lead him to find the man who assassinated his Grandfather, the Lord Genet. He determines to track the alleged assassin down and bring him to justice. Adricart, the palace portrait painter, and Kyler the palace baker, are recruited to help. So, begins a series of journeys, both by land and sea, across half the known world from Lord Gnarl’s City State in the north to King Francis’s Great Ocean City in the west. On his journey, Kyler only survives with the miraculous intervention of Faustine of the Woodland. 

The search for the murderer sees Lord Gnarl using a false name when he unexpectedly encounters Princess Jolie, the only daughter of King Francis. Princess Jolie determines to run away from an arranged marriage her father has negotiated, and she plucks a stable boy, Shay, from obscurity to be her squire and guide her on a dangerous journey.

There is an audacious plan to bring the assassin back to Lord Gnarl’s own City State for a trial. However, there are conflicting issues that the young Lord struggles to resolve. Shay proves to be wise beyond his years, as he deals with Atayla, a crucial player in a complex puzzle. As always, Lord Gnarl turns to his foster parents, Cuanzo and Shiedel, for advice. Misleading identities simply complicate matters.

All seems resolved in a series of wedding ceremonies. However, a strange pre-nuptial agreement and an unexpected wedding guest set the scene for an unravelling of the peace. Circumstances change and events conspire to shatter relationships and destroy lives.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 306

Internal pages: B&W

3. Gnarl: Caliphs and Kings: Concluding the Gnarl Trilogy

There have been twenty years of peace and prosperity in the known world, but the bellicose Ali-Ali from the Caliphate in the south threatens all of that. He has formulated an audacious plan to turn the young King Louis of the Great Ocean City State against his father, Lord Gnarl, and conquer the City State in the north.

Two decades of rule has seen Lord Gnarl consult less and trust his own judgement almost exclusively. It is a dangerous developing flaw in his character. As a result, he is becoming increasingly distant from his family and friends and now appears estranged from both his twin sons.

Lured into a trap, Lord Gnarl becomes a hostage in a diabolical scheme characterised by a striving for power and revenge. Aurelien, who is a lot more than a Head Gardener, recruits Serheed, a survivor, to attempt to rectify the deteriorating situation. In his mission Serheed gets extra security from some alchemical experiments, which allow him to turn the tide of despair, with courage and determination.

Battling a bitterly cold winter, Lord Gnarl is locked in a life and death struggle to survive. He experiences heartbreaking loss, demonstrates great bravery, and remembers some important skills long forgotten. For Lord Gnarl, it is a desperate attempt, and compelling desire, to travel back home and seek forgiveness and redemption. 

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count:  314

Internal pages: B&W

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