When the Gods call, mortals answer.
Reaching Solava Proper seemed like the end of their journey, but fate and the Gods have other plans for
Gilliam and his friends.
Old friendships are rekindled and strained as the friends are forced to find a way to prevent an
upcoming war and protect an innocent princess tied to the heart of it all.
Through their adventures, the Phoenix watches as he prepares for a possible conflict between the Gods.
When a single move could mean failure, will his efforts succeed or be for naught?
Without a word, Fauna nudged her horse toward the portal with Mern at her side. The usual floating
and light-headed sensation swept through them as they traveled the roads of magic. Once they stepped
through, the portal closed, but not before a smaller shape hurried into the opening behind them. With
its use completed, the portal closed as though it had never been there.
Stepping through into a strange forest was bewildering at first, but Mern and Fauna’s previous use of
such traveling methods gave them the knowledge that the feeling would pass. For the one following
them, it proved something else entirely.
Reh Venata was many things, but a dabbler in the ways of magic wasn’t one of them. The magical portal
had looked like a doorway, but once inside she found it difficult to navigate. Countless voices called to
her from every direction, and images of places she had wished to see again appeared all around her.
The only thing she could so was try to follow the magus further, but her feet couldn’t find a purchase on
the swirling ground. She was about to scream for help when the pair disappeared. The swirling
whiteness of the portal shifted and started to shrink. Without thinking, Reh let out a squeal of fright and
dove toward the first image she saw of a chamber room.
She closed her eyes and prayed the image she saw was in her father’s castle. The next thing she knew,
she landed on her stomach with a thud among a series of shouts and curses. It took her a moment to
realize she was laying on someone.
“Get off me, blast you, or I’ll send you to the Abyss!”
At hearing the shouting, Reh expected to be back with the Goblins, but when no one grabbed her, she
forced her eyes open and found herself in a dining hall. It took her less than a second to understand she
wasn’t in her father’s castle, but it looked familiar. When she looked down to see a Dwarf with a gray-
touched red beard beneath her she let out a gasp.
“Oh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to… I mean, I did, but I… Oh, dear.” Reh tried to push herself from her
perch on top of the Dwarf, but her hand slipped and she drove her knee into him. The Dwarf’s eyes
crossed, his face turned red, and tears poured down his cheeks.
“Blasted… Gods…” The Dwarf rolled over and spilled Reh onto the stone floor.
Reh pushed herself to her knees and looked around at the faces staring at her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean
anything.” Gentle hands took hold of her shoulders and helped her to her feet.
“It’s all right. No one is blaming you.” The man holding her smiled.
About the author:
CP Bialois’ love of words began as a small child when his father bought a stack of comics to teach him
the reading skills he wasn’t mastering in class. Before long, he was reading at an advanced level and
teachers were shaking their heads over the unconventional method.
Growing up in the ‘80s, Bialois was exposed to even further inspiration through the popular cartoons of
the day. Transformers, in particular, sparked his imagination and led to him put his first stories on paper.
After a decades-long break, Bialois began getting back into the world of writing by joining some role-
playing groups. These groups taught him about fleshing out characters and building worlds that stuck
with him as he began writing short stories for fun.
To his surprise, Bialois would end up completing his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon,
in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and
the Flame, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the
later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options.
Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen
Twelve books later, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he
receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy
and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse.
When he’s not busy writing or chatting on his social networks, Bialois enjoys watching hockey and
football as well as Metallica DVDs. He currently lives with his wife- a fellow writer- and their fur children.
CP Bialois is also active in several South Florida writing groups, as well as the online writer community,
and the Florida Writers Association.