Augur of Shadows
The Destined Book 1
by Jacob Rundle Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
The story has always been told that the end of the world is the end of everything.
In AUGUR OF SHADOWS: BOOK 1 OF THE DESTINED SERIES, Seventeen year-old Henri and his two friends, Etlina and Siméon, are burdened with the responsibility to bring about a cataclysmic event in order to save the entirety of existence from the primordial evil.
Through the guidance of otherworldly beings, Henri and his friends venture on their paths to fulfill what is needed to ensure the survival of the universe.
With their intertwining endeavors, Henri and the others venture on exploits through lands of myth and mystery. In the process of fulfilling their obligations, they begin to form a much-needed bond, which helps propel them forward to do what is needed to guarantee existence in the future.
Trish heard a faint whisper, “Abby.” She turned to see which one whispered Abby’s name, yet she found nothing. She examined the area for any indication of a new survivor. Trish only saw the same individuals that she had been with the entire time.
“What the hell?” She thought that she had started going crazy. Her felt that her fear started turning into extreme paranoia. She took another step, and she heard the same faint whisper, “Abby.” Trish braced herself for a fight, yet she was left standing against herself.
“Momma, what’s wrong?” Abby stared at her mother.
“Oh, nothing baby. Keep moving.” Trish felt horrible for lying to her, but she knew that she would make the situation worse had she mentioned hearing a ghostly voice.
“Abby,” the voice materialized within the somber mists. Trish about-faced to catch the culprit, and what she found left her speechless. She squinted her eyes to see if what she saw was real. She couldn’t believe her eyes.
She bored into the eyes of a mysterious boy. She was in disbelief. The boy didn’t look over the age of seventeen years old.
“Hello?” Trish tried to gain the boy’s attention, yet he didn’t respond. The boy’s face was inconclusive. Trish became relentless with finding out his identity, and his mysterious markings.
“Abby.” The boy mourned for Trish’s ears, which forced her to cease her pursuit. She stood face-to-face with the boy, and all she saw was his pajamas he was wearing. She saw glimmers of blue markings on the boy’s face, hands and arms.
“What are you?” She rushed over to the boy with the sight of a falling, burning bush.
“Watch out!” Trish lunged to rescue the boy, however; she passed through his corporeal-like body, and she crashed into the ground. She whipped around to see if the boy had survived, but there was no evidence of anyone being there. Trish became a firm believer that her mental instability and delusions have won, and she had officially lost her mind.
Jacob John Rundle was born on September 27, 1985, in Galesburg, IL. He attended Knox College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Russian Language and Literature. He served eight years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic.
After finishing his time with the Navy, he moved to New Orleans, and it is where he resides, pursuing his dream of being a writer.
Augur of Shadows is a story that involves a main character (MC) Henri, and his two friends, Etlina and Siméon. The three have intertwining destinies that require them to make difficult decisions, and they will be forced to push passed their physical, emotional and mental limitations in order to complete their task of bringing forth a cataclysmic event, which will aide in the fight against the Primordial Evil.
Henri is a seventeen year-old boy who recently lost his father. He and his mother moved to New York City to start a new life. In the process, Henri starts having prophetic dreams of a future evil. He is set on a course of self-discovery and destiny by the guidance of many other spirits, gods and angels. He will have to make difficult decisions on his path, and he will have to decide to either place the entire universe above his own needs, or he continue on his mundane life.
Etlina is a strong, young, Latina who was abandoned by her family because of her unique talents, and her persistent attitude to delve in her ancestral heritage. She is connected to the forces of nature and mystery. She is a major powerhouse, and she isn’t afraid to protect whom she sees as family.
Siméon is a teenager, foreign exchange student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a wise, powerful priest from Haiti, and he plays an important role in Henri’s life. Siméon’s experience in the supernatural will aid Henri and Etlina on their journey into the lands of the spiritual and magical, so the three of them may fulfill their destinies, and they may save the universe.