The Harbinger of Change
The Gleeman’s Tales Duology Book 2
by Matthew Travagline
The bard, Gnochi Gleeman is unlike other entertainers.Not only because he has an expansive knowledge of pre-apocalyptic Earth, but because he successfully assassinated Lyrinth’s ruling monarch. When he finally wakes from an accidental poisoning, a block that was put on his memory dissolves and he remembers burying his niece and sister after they died in a fire.
Cleo is traveling with Aarez, a ventriloquist from the entertainer’s guild. Their goal is to outrun the fallout of the assassination. By the time they arrive at a safehouse in the woods outside the small town of Mirr, the two learn that Gnochi has been imprisoned, awaiting execution.
The arrival of an eastern army off the coast of Lyrinth spurs Gnochi’s captors into transferring him away from the capital. When they learn of this movement, Cleo and her friends use the coming battle as an opportunity to rescue him from his impending execution. What they do not know is that Gnochi has already undergone life-changing torture designed to tear at the fabric of his identity, and a formal execution would only kill his physical body.
Complicating the plans of Cleo and her friends is the prolonged winter which has just begun its year-long reign. Dangers presented from the frozen-over oceans and endless storms of snow complicate the path and challenge the nerve of the young storyteller on her quest to save her teacher.
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5 out of 5
The Harbinger of Change will make you feel like you’re sitting and listening to a gleeman spin a tale. First, I highly recommend you read Gleeman’s Tales before you dive into this book. While book two does answer some questions you’re left with at book one, don’t think it’s a simple, predictable read. There are some twists, which only serve to draw you deeper into the story, and make it so you don’t want to put the book down until you’ve reached the last page. Grab both books and settle in for a lengthy escape into a post-apocalyptic world.
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About the Author
Matthew Travagline was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. He likes to think that the odd assortment of jobs he has worked during his tenure as a human (including: on a farm, in retail, as a park ranger, and in cybersecurity) has prepared him for writing about fantastical settings and futuristic quandaries. Find him on most social channels (Twitter: @MattTravagline; Instagram: Page_1_Bard; Facebook: Fantasy Author Matthew Travagline). Alternatively, visit his website matthewtravagline.com and keep updated through that medium. And if you made it this far, Matt would implore a review from you if such would not tax you too much. Reviews, aside from ink and unmarked journals, are the lifeblood of any independent author and boost their standing in the mighty algorithm of life. Any and all are appreciated.