The Impending Storm

Excinere is a land of wild adventure where recluse elves, mysterious satyrs, industrious dwarves, and men dwell in relative harmony. Perhaps the fairest region of Excinere is the secluded plateau of Sliva Campestri. Fenced to the north and south by the dwarven mountains, the rolling plateau between them is the home to many prosperous towns and villages. But with every light, there is a shadow, an ever present darkness lurking behind the beauty. An evil, known only to a few, has hunted the land. Few who find themselves among these shadows escape to the light… except for William Tarkington.

When William was young, an attack on his family’s farm destroyed his home and left him an orphan. Such was the beginning of William’s long road to his role in the mighty guild of Johnstown where he will encounter the shadow once more.

The long trend of violence around Johnstown --Campestri’s most prominent city -- has increased of late, and William will be put on the adventure of his life to find the cause. He will need every bit of his training and nerve to restore peace in the resource rich region of Campestri. He will be part of a select group of guildsmen assigned to find the menace behind all the bloodshed. However, they are blind to who they truly work for and to the real enemy behind it all. This quest will open their eyes to a greater conflict, but such knowledge comes at a grievous cost.   

About the Authors

Terry Tripp was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio. He moved to Arkansas in 1992 to attend college and earn a degree in environmental science from SAU Tech. He and his wife, Beverly, raised and homeschooled three children in their twenty-five years of marriage. They are active with their church family and in their homeschool organization. Terry enjoys reading his Bible as well as a long list of authors like C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton and many others.

Mallory Tripp Barnett was born and raised in Paragould, Arkansas. She was homeschooled for grades 2-12 and is now pursuing a degree in elementary education. She married Curtis Barnett in May 2019, and they currently reside in Lake City, Arkansas. Mallory has been writing since childhood and began this story with her father, Terry, as a project that counted toward her high school credit in English. Those who have inspired Mallory in her writing include Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien.