Invoking the Darkness
(The first book in the Mapper series)
A novel by Royce Buckingham
Guided by a massive clan book containing tales of their ancestors, the Hilltoppers arrive in Abrogan, pledging allegiance to their King. They have crossed a forbidding ocean to another land where birds speak messages, poisonous sleep-animals lurk, warriors struggle for power and Lords bend the truth on a whim. Ian Krystal, leader of the Hilltoppers, becomes an unlikely leader, charged with building roads, clearing a menacing bog full of savages, chasing down bands of thieves and in the process emerges a champion of the people. Petrich is the clan's scribe, meant to chronicle their journeys while learning the fine art of mapping from a renegade Lord. As a child, darkness sheltered him from marauding tribesmen and he carries it with him. The emerging City of Skye is being built in the new land. King Blackpool's nephew struggles with his power and the King arrives determined to double his empire. Can an honest man of integrity prevail in a land of intrigue? And the dark is hungry.
Used availability for Royce Buckingham's Clansman
May 2017 : Paperback
September 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition