Delver Magic Book IX: Joint Intentions

Jeff Inlo
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After witnessing his own soul during an encounter with Reiculf—the lord of all demons—Ryson Acumen's unquenchable curiosity blossoms as he hopes to comprehend the larger meaning of his inner essence. While he begins a quest of spiritual understanding, he meets an old adversary on a quest of his own. 

The wizard of crimson spells, Neltus, has lost his magical core. Without it, he is unable to embrace the red energy which served him in so many ways. Determined to regain what was removed from him, the coreless wizard takes uncharacteristic risks, and without the delver's knowledge, joins forces with creatures of far more wicked intent. 

From the desert to the western shores, Neltus leads Ryson through twisted passages of betrayal. Foes from the past combine forces to threaten every level of existence, and the delver faces a warped menace in a new realm of deceit.

In one devastating wave of upheaval, demons are freed from the restrictions which held them within their breeding grounds. Colossal fiends capable of destroying entire cities are unleashed on the land, and even the spirit warrior who guards Ryson's hometown is unable to stop them. The delver and his allies face a whirlwind of treachery as they stumble from one disaster to another.

While the threats to Uton continue to grow, the delver takes control of the battle and brings the fight back to the demons' breeding grounds. Returning his focus to his initial quest, Ryson breaks through new barriers and allows a growing enlightenment of his inner essence to guide him against his enemies. A new perspective of the spirit offers the one path which may allow him to defeat the devious menace and save his friends.

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Jeff Inlo
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Mar 18, 2015
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Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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As his hometown is attacked by river rogues and goblins, Ryson Acumen faces his most personal struggle. While fighting off the dark creatures, his deeply held beliefs create a conflict with Burbon's Captain of the Guard and Ryson's close friend, Sy Fenden. An argument leads to a fracture in their friendship, and the delver must choose a new direction in offering his services to Uton.
Ryson's troubles are quickly compounded by a mystifying encounter with his wife, Linda. Her immunity to magic leads to a surprising discovery that creates uncertainty between them. Unable to mend his closest relationships, Ryson begins to question the very foundation of his life.

With personal difficulties mounting, the delver places his focus on a mystery unfolding across Dark Spruce Forest. An entire elf camp has disappeared, and their absence has allowed for dark creatures to spread their influence across Uton's large forest. Ryson immerses himself into finding the elves, but the search further separates him from his wife.

Facing her own trials, Linda's immunity to magic attracts the attention of creatures with malicious intentions. With Ryson away, she is vulnerable to attack and is subdued by forces hoping to use her special condition for their own gain. Her mind is clouded by strange sensations and her emotional state leaps from hostile anger to cold indifference.

Allies of the delver become aware of the growing turmoil. Holli, Jure and Enin assist Ryson in his investigations and help bring order and direction back to his life. The perilous events merge into one decisive encounter with a powerful sorcerer and pure magical energy. Ryson and his friends come together in a realm of darkness to fight for each other and to fulfill their purpose in a larger clash influenced by the choices of each individual.

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