'Harry Potter' Inspires an Alternative Book Trilogy

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Following in the Success of 'Shadowmancer' by author GP Taylor, Tennessee author RG Edwards heeds his heart's calling in hopes of blazing a similar trail.

I know that the story of Eafin Lokdore is appealing to middle-grade age readers around the ages of 9 to 14. But it is also catching on with older young adults between the ages of 15 to 19 years as well.

R. G. Edwards, a local (Goodlettsville, TN) writer, househusband, and onetime Christian music artist, was home-schooling his two girls one afternoon in 2005, amid a terrible spring lightning storm, when an idea for a children’s book -''Eafin Lokdore and the Magician’s Lost Medallion,'' came to him. Soon the idea had developed into a three book series – the Lokdore Trilogy.

Like some other Christians, he had been disturbed by the tremendous amount of witchcraft and the occult currently found in children's literature. ''Harry Potter,'' for instance. The best-selling author J. K. Rowling, among others, tends to give too much power to the forces of evil in her books, Edwards thought. However, the strong popularity of ''Harry Potter,'' did inspire Edwards to create a somewhat similar colorful portrayal of character and events for the story of ''Eafin Lokdore'', but with a twist.

Encouraged by the worldwide reception of G.P. Taylor’s ‘Shadowmancer’ and that particular book’s underlying Christian themes, Edwards felt the urge to follow in this Englishman’s footsteps. Having been also greatly influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Edwards was enamored to create some similar form of writings. He became further motivated when in the course of sharing his idea with several friends, many would reply, well – then, why not write your own book as well?

So over the course of the next 9 months beginning in the spring of 2005 and on into 2006, Mr. Edwards set about creating a story that was also deeply imbued with underlying Christian imagery and tones. Set in the 13th-century peasant society of old England, the tale is very event driven, placing the reader directly amidst the characters and circumstances of their spirited adventures.

‘Eafin Lokdore and the Magician’s Lost Medallion’ is the story that resulted. The book is the tale of a young fifteen-year-old peasant boy, his friends, and a good sage, Methusass who come together in an adventuresome quest to save their homeland from a renewed advancement of an age-old evil. It pits them against an evil sage, Dredmon the dark sorcerer, who along with several other vile characters, work their schemes in trying to ruin and take control of the Kingdom of Light.

The theme of the story was what attracted Linda Palmer of Galatin,TN, who describes herself as a born-again Christian. Ms. Palmer said that she found “Eafin Lokdore and the Magician’s Lost Medallion” to be a very fascinating book. It reminds me of 'Lord of the Rings' and C. S. Lewis. It’s very visual, putting the reader right in the midst of the story. If you have a knowledge of Scripture, you will realize how certain areas of the story contain underlying tones of it”

“ 'Eafin Lokdore' isn't an alternative to 'Harry Potter,' ” says Edwards, adding that the story was written from more of a Christian perspective. But being a Christian writer doesn’t mean you can’t create fun, and I think that this book certainly reveals that.”

Mr. Edwards describes himself as a committed Christian who has taught Sunday school and tries to minister to those who will lend an ear. “Eafin Lokdore,” he says, shows that the power and light of the universe is God, who is referred to within the story as the God of Light, whose followers follow in the Light Ways. I believe that all young people will enjoy reading the book, and accompanying Eafin Lokdore in his quest to retrieve the Spirit of Light Medallion.”

Mr. Edwards, 46, was not always so directed by Christian beliefs. Several years of his earlier youth were spent, as he says, in the pursuit of “sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.” Those days seem so ridiculous to me now and I can assure you that often times ‘cool’ is not at all what it’s made out to be. At this point in my life, I’m just glad to be able to reach out to as many young people as possible through all of this and am quite excited to see where it is leading,” Edwards continued in his comments.

“Eafin Lokdore and the Magician’s Lost Medallion – Book I of the Lokdore Trilogy.” is currently available on the Internet through Amazon.com and also on Lulu.com. “Availability through conventional bookstores such as Borders, and Barnes & Noble should begin somewhere around the end of November, close to Thanksgiving.” Edwards also stated.

R.G. Edwards decided to self-publish and is working with Vaughan Printing Co. in Nashville for production of his book and he has also secured an Internet presence through a POD printing service known as Lulu.com. He’s been in contact with several agencies in the securing of national distribution and hopes to finalize some form of distribution arrangement in the near future. “I have a heart for writing and touching others through what I do, especially the children,” Edwards said recently, “I know that the story of Eafin Lokdore is appealing to middle-grade age readers around the ages of 9 to 14. But it is also catching on with older young adults between the ages of 15 to 19 years as well.”

If you are interested in having R.G. Edwards appear before your school, church, youth group, or special event – then please contact the author to work out the details. You can reach R.G. Edwards by phone at (615) 851-1662.

You can also visit the author via his web-site at: http://www.rgedwardsblog.com

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