Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Chronicles of Guiamo by Marshall Best Legendary Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway!

The Chronicles of Giamo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best
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The Legendary Tour

As the lighting blazed in a dancing, arcing column to the sky, a voice deep and powerful as thunder said, “My son, today my powers are bestowed upon you.”

This tour goes back to the age of legends. The author has taken a deep dive into rich history, bringing his love of fantasy with him. 

Guest Post

Ancient Craftsmen

     As the author of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo will discuss elsewhere on the tour, according to ancient texts, the gods of ancient mythology were mere men honored with god-hood due to their incredible accomplishments. The Tri Dee Dana or the three gods of art are a good example. According to Wikipedia, these three brothers were Credne, the goldsmith, Goibniu, the smith of the Tuatha De Danann and Luchtaine, the carpenter. These three men or "gods" were said to have forged the weapons which the Tuatha De used to battle the Fomorians.

     These three brothers were master craftsmen and in the adventures of Guiamo, they move back and forth between England and Ireland helping to craft whatever is needed.  One fun example of something that was crafted by Credne was a clostellum or lock, with a very special key, clavicula.  The reason this is fun is that it shows how authors put a part of themselves into their stories.  Marshall Best is from a family with a long history in the locking industry.  He is involved in collecting locks and knows a lot about ancient locks as well. In book four, Inis Emain Ablach, Credne constructs a lock to protect Guiamo's armory which is full of not only regular weapons but god weapons as well.  Read below as Credne warns Guiamo to be careful and explains how his clostellum works.

Credne complied and sat beside him in order to share the sparse shade.  They sat in silence, Guiamo for his weariness, and Credne for his virtue of patience.  In the end, Guiamo asked with head leaned back and eyes closed, “How does your work fare?”
With a tone of complete satisfaction, Credne answered, “It is completed.”
Guiamo asked, “May I have the clavicula?”
To his surprise, Credne replied, “Not until I explain its workings.”
Guiamo said, “I understand how to work a clostellum.”
Credne answered with a sly grin, “Not this one.”
Intrigued, Guiamo opened one eye and said, “Now you have tickled my curiosity.  When will you be ready to show it to me?”
Credne was patient, but leaped at the opening Guiamo gave him, “Now would suit me.”
Guiamo sighed, but acquiesced.  Though weary and spent, Guiamo strapped on his worn-out caligae, his heavy-soled, sandal-like Roman military shoes, rose to his feet to join his friend and they set out through the camp with Credne leading the way.
Not surprisingly, Credne brought Guiamo to the armory to show off his handiwork.  The clostellum had been crafted of iron and embellished with symbols significant to the Cruthin people, and set into the stout, iron-reinforced door.  He removed the cleverly shaped clavicula from his own finger and inserted it into a curiously shaped hole as he explained how it worked.
Having lived with Gabinius and worked extensively around the smithy, Guiamo was fairly familiar with the inner workings of a clostellum, and listened patiently as Credne explained how it worked.  To his delight, Credne had crafted an ingenious device into the body of the clostellum.  The master craftsman explained that if someone should rotate the clavicula without first sliding a decorative piece to the left, four long, hooked iron spikes would snap out from small holes in the clostellum, and lurch inward, impaling the hand which held the clavicula, and trapping the thief.
With great admiration for his ingenuity, Guiamo scrutinized the case cover of the clostellum as Credne pointed out the four small holes through which the spikes would be thrust. 
Credne said, “It is not enough to have possession of your clavicula to gain entrance.  The trick to this clostellum must also be known.  Do not tell anyone its secret.”
Guiamo was delighted at the extra measure of security and replied, “No, of course not.”
The master craftsman handed the clavicula to Guiamo who slipped it as a ring upon his left index finger for safekeeping.  

     The Romans had clever mechanical devices but what is even more interesting is that the type lock described in Best's story was actually built by an Arab in the Middle Ages.  He has read an article about it written by his lock collector friend, Bob Dix.  In many ways, Guiamo is an idea man.  He often thinks up a design and will have his craftsmen construct it, making Credne, Goibniu and Luchtaine integral parts of the story.

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Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land. It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west.

Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend.

The Chronicles

Guiamo (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, #1)

Guiamo (Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo #2) by Marshall Best

In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world’s forever. 

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Cumoro (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, #2)

Cumoro (Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo #2) by Marshall Best

Guiamo Durmius Stolo sails in 55 B.C. with Rome’s 7th Legion as Julius Caesar invades Britain. But Caesar has not before encountered the Fomori, a dominion of wicked creatures which wage war against the human inhabitants and dominate much of Britain. Armed with his god-made spear, Guiamo joins with the tribal kings against their Fomori foe when Caesar departs. 

Morlanos (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, #3)

Morlanos (Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo #3) by Marshall Best

Having destroyed the Fomori in Britain , Guiamo Durmius Stolo decides in 51 B.C. to bring the Cruthin people, once slaves to the Fomori, to Ireland , but encounters the Fomori who reside there as well. Guiamo discovers that the gods venerated by the Druids are unworthy. The gods are displeased with him and begin to work against him.

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Inis Emain Ablach (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, #4)

Inis Emain Ablach (Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo #4) by Marshall Best

In 50 B.C. Guiamo Durmius Stolo finds himself victor over the detested Fomori whose leader, Cichol, is slain and those few who survived are scattered. Guiamo explores the secret places where Cichol kept his most important secrets and discovers there the treasures of Cichol's master, the goddess Domnu.

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Author Bio - Marshall Best

Marshall BestMarshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.

Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, geneologies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.

Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it's not a shallow one.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

-One print set signed by author – world wide giveaway
-One complete e-book set – codes provided via smashwords
-Two winners: e-book of Cumoro and a $5 Amazon gift card each
-Two winners: e-book of Morlanos and a $5 Amazon gift card each
-Two winners: e-book of Inis Emain Ablach and a $5 Amazon gift card each

-Ends 20th December 2013

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1 comment:

  1. got it on the quiz denise smith