The Trials of the Core

by Michael E. Thies

As Edwyrd Eska approaches his two-hundredth year as Guardian of the Core, he must find an Apprentice to train under him. His title and role compels him to safeguard and govern his universe, Gladonus, as each Guardian before him has done and those after him shall continue to do until relieved of such duties by will of the Ancients. Prince Hydro Paen, Eirek Mourse, and Zain Berrese—amongst other contestants—receive invitations to compete in a quest of Trials intended to determine who becomes Eska’s Apprentice. An old adage goes: “The toughest trials test you truest” – and these events challenge their fortitude through tenuous partnerships, intellectual rivalries, and battles of weapons’ mastery. Along the way, each contestant must attempt to overcome personal demons that haunt them. In this tale of ideal dreams and lucid aspirations, these competitors find theirs threatened by deceit, betrayal, sabotage—and even flesh—as all become vital to success…

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For Fans Of

  • This book is for fans of Harry Potter #4
  • Hunger Games
  • Divergent and Game of Thrones.

About the Author

Michael Thies graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Creative Writing and Advertising. Only twenty-three himself, he has taken a leap forward in his career as an author with the release of his debut novel, The Trials of the Core. When he is not writing he maintains an active and social lifestyle and works as a social media and sales manager at a marketing firm in his home-town of Slinger, Wisconsin.

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