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Griffins of the Knighthood

The Beginning of the End



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Griffins of the Knighthood by Daniel Ranalli
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In a world at war, two vast empires clash. The victory of either rests in the hands of a young griffin spoken of in a prophecy. It foretells that this griffin would choose between these two warring empires, thus choosing the victor. Yet, the prophecy also warns that in doing so, this prophesized-one might have to make the ultimate sacrifice. He would be a member of the Fyzar, an ancient lineage that began in a land known as Arktorion, a land that would eventually become one of the two empires fighting in this war. The Fyzars dawned in a time before written word, in a time just after the great ice had retreated northward. The few members of this lineage possess supernatural powers, powers that were overtime developed, and eventually wielded with great ease and to great devastation. Arktorion had been fought over for millennia by kings and tyrants, lords and chieftains alike - until Raishany, the other empire that would eventually fight in this war, invaded. At the time though, Raishany had only taken Arktorion for living-space. Afterwards, it went on to seize more lands around the globe, each successive Raishan king wanting to control more territory than his predecessor. Two centuries after Raishany had conquered Arktorion, the sitting Raishan king died without an heir. His widowed Queen searched for a new husband in the ranks of the Fyzar. She soon found her new king and married him, and together they had a single son. When this Prince became of age, he inherited the Raishan throne and used it to wield his will over his subjects. This angered the Arktorians who soon rebelled. The Raishan King then agreed to meet the Arktorian Fyzars, including his own father, to end the uprising, thus setting his trap. The King murdered his brethren in an attempt to intimidate the Arktorians, yet this only enraged them more, and the Revolution grew. The young King could not contain the conflict as his army slowly collapsed. Eventually he lost Arktorion, and without an army, the remainder of his empire. With Raishany fallen, Arktorion soon rose to become the world's superpower. Over the course of the proceeding centuries though, it would overextend itself just as Raishany regained her former strength. The two vast empires soon found themselves locked in a cold war just as the prophecy about the war's decider began and caused a global pursuit - only Raishany may already have him.

Author Biography

My name is Daniel Ranalli, and I have finally published my first book, Griffins of the Knighthood: the Beginning of the End. Reading the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" started me down this path by making me want to create my own fantasy world. For over a decade, I toiled with the same idea, starting over every couple of years. In fact, I originally named the book "Warriors of the Raptors," with birds of prey, raptors, instead of griffins. Yet I could not picture raptors fighting with swords, in the air or on the ground, but then I saw a griffin in "Narnia" and realized that that would be perfect. This book though is far from my only idea. Ever since I was about fifteen years old or so, I have not been able to stop coming up with ideas. I think that by now, now that I am nineteen years old, I have about seventy ideas that I know are good, and about another thirty that I might or might not come back to. I plan to break into Hollywood, somehow. I have read plenty of online literature by inside experts, hopefully giving me the advantage, but most of all of I have an endless supply of ideas. That is probably the most important thing. Hopefully, in a couple of years, you will see me, Daniel Ranalli, making movies. Hopefully I will also be making this book, which I have spent twelve years of my life on, into a movie. And hopefully Kate Upton will be my girlfriend. Over the past twelve years, since the second grade, when I was a mere seven years old, I have worked tirelessly on my book, not to mention the stress and the fear it has put me through. The stress and the fear of everything from putting the words of individual sentence into the correct order, to blindly feeling my way through the entirety of the publishing process. In the end though, creating a book has taught me much, creating a book has matured me by forcing me to confront my fears - and surmount them. This book has taught me much, something that I never expected. I have never been very athletic, nor have I ever been the life of the party, but I have not, nor will I ever meet someone my age who can also say that they created something from their very mind, and sent it out for the entirety of the world to look upon and judge. That, I take great pride in.
Release date Australia
December 30th, 2014
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
Daniel Ranalli
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