A Fairy Tale For Grown-Ups

Fantasy is a curious genre of writing and one that is much misunderstood. Detractors say things like, anyone can write a fantasy book, the author can fix any problem that he has ‘written’ his hero into by inventing a new spell or Elf! Yes, at the garbage end of the genre that is indeed a true statement. However it is far from true for the majority of authors. The rules for success are the same as any other work of fiction, good character and plot development. You must engage the reader, make the reader hungry for the next page.

M. J. Rusaw with The Tides Of Eternity does this with flawless panache. The reader is transported to the Kingdom Of Erylon, a world that faces grave peril.

I joke with people about the world of being a book reviewer, the hours are long, the working conditions are terrible, being forced to sit on the front porch and endure all that fresh air and nature, etc. here is however one perk to the job, access to the author. Sometimes the story behind the story is as interesting as the book itself. That is certainly the case here.

Due to a divorce M. J. found himself in the unfortunate situation of being a ‘Telephone Dad’ to his then young daughter Rheanna. In much the same way as JK Rowling’s created Harry Potter as a series of ‘off the cuff’ bedtime stories for her child, so did M. J.

Erylon became a private world that father and daughter could share. In someways they still do. Take a look at the book cover art. It was created from this photograph.


The young lady on the left is indeed Rheannon Rusaw.

Even the picture itself has a story behind it. Somehow the whole subject of Cover Art had fallen through the cracks. With only 72 hours to meet the publishing deadline, M. J. contacted his daughter and explained the problem.

From scratch they had the props, costumes and photograph in 48 hours! The books main characters. the prophetess Gailel, her young son Tylen, and Maid Kimia now had a visual form.

Note: The lady on the right is Brittany Wolfshorndl-Smith.  She is in the role of the Maid Kimia, Gailel’s faithful confidante.  The boy in the center is Brittany’s brother Gannon.  He is in the role of Gailel’s son, Tylen, young prince of Erylon.

The subtitle of The Tides Of Eternity is A Fairy Tale For Grown-Ups. At first this seemed a rather strange statement, the stories were created for a young girl by a Telephone Dad. Actually the subtitle is most apt. While the Kingdom Of Erylon is fictitious, the underlying plot is very much based in the relationship between man and God.

Even Erylon has its roots within the bible, specifically the Book of Genesis. There are biblical scholars that argue that Genesis is referring to a makeover of the earth, Earth 2.0 if you will. Erylon is M. J. Rusaw’s version of the last days of Earth 1.0.

In fact The Tides Of Eternity contains many biblical analogies woven into the story. But do not be fooled, this is no syrupy sweet piece of writing, it is a nitty gritty, hard hitting and thought provoking fantasy that will appeal to young adults of all ages!

As a book reviewer I am always concerned about how much of the plot to reveal. The Tides Of Eternity has challenged me, I have spent long hours contemplating the question. It is so well constructed, the characters so well defined, and the plot so well laid out that to share anything but the very barest of information would spoil it for the reader.  The prophetess Gailel and her faithful servant Maid Kimia are faced with a grave situation, Lord Daemen den Moc and his magician, Rulik Suu can rip the Kingdom of Erylon apart. The very fabric of life lays in the balance.

The Kingdom of Erylon is one waiting to be explored within the person reading it.

I do hope to be interviewing M. J. Rusaw in the near future, and I am going to put the burden of sharing at least part of the plot on his shoulders.

You can order your copy of The Tides Of Eternity by using the the Amazon link above.

Simon Barrett

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