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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Fantasy / Epic
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Keepers of the Koru
  • Series Number:0
  • Pages:85
  • eBook ISBN:9780983772200

Keepers of the Koru, More Tales of TerraTopia

Soar a Burning Sky, Part I

by Steven & Vicki Beck

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Overview
Keepers of the Koru is an epic fantasy series that opens with an appeal for help from Sequoia & the Emerald Guard, protectors of the Koru—the balance between Earth and Earth’s spirit world, TerraTopia. Dear Human Friends, Since the first Ticking when the turning of the Great Clock of Stars began, the destinies of Earth and TerraTopia have been entwined. For centuries, the twin realms have existed in harmony, the delicate balance crucial to their survival. But like a meteor scarring the heavens, prophecy foretold a great crisis. The health of Earth would deteriorate, yet unlike a true reflection, our home, TerraTopia, would suffer first. Regrettably, that time has come. Even as I write, war envelops TerraTopia, dividing its people, many challenging their allegiance to your world. With nightmarish Skaarsgard hunting any who rebel, a growing number of TerraTopians feel if they are to survive, contact between our dominions must be severed. You know as I do that the ‘body’ cannot live with the ‘soul.’ Please help us. Time is short… Thus, TerraTopia now teeters toward The Falling. Earth’s deterioration has bred disease in TerraTopia, destroying the land and upending its weather. Consumed by greed and emboldened with self-importance, StormWing, one of the Emerald Guard’s Earth-born apprentices known as a TerraKoru, has seized upon The Falling to usurp control. Reluctantly, NightFire, the last of her kind, emerges from hiding. She fears she is the Netherchild—the being without birth or death, the prophetic progenitor of The Falling. If she fails to act, she not only jeopardizes TerraTopia’s future, she condemns the Earth to die. She must summon help despite the danger to any who heed the call—new apprentices from Earth, her only real hope. Little can she imagine the four who her emissaries, the Dragonflies, will choose… So unfolds Book One, Part I of Soar a Burning Sky, Keepers of the Koru. www.terratopia.com
Description
Keepers of the Koru is an epic fantasy series that opens with an appeal for help from Sequoia & the Emerald Guard, protectors of the Koru—the balance between Earth and Earth’s spirit world, TerraTopia. Dear Human Friends, Since the first Ticking when the turning of the Great Clock of Stars began, the destinies of Earth and TerraTopia have been entwined. For centuries, the twin realms have existed in harmony, the delicate balance crucial to their survival. But like a meteor scarring the heavens, prophecy foretold a great crisis. The health of Earth would deteriorate, yet unlike a true reflection, our home, TerraTopia, would suffer first. Regrettably, that time has come. Even as I write, war envelops TerraTopia, dividing its people, many challenging their allegiance to your world. With nightmarish Skaarsgard hunting any who rebel, a growing number of TerraTopians feel if they are to survive, contact between our dominions must be severed. You know as I do that the ‘body’ cannot live with the ‘soul.’ Please help us. Time is short… The Emerald Guard had long trained their hand-picked apprentices from Earth, TerraKoru, in the ways of stewardship, teaching them Nature’s secrets. These apprentices also learned from TerraTopians, who as the result of a mystical process called The Granting, selected Tokas—animals whose traits, personality and abilities mirrored their human selves. In time, the TerraTopians developed such profound connections with their Tokas that they merged, becoming symbiotic hybrids of human and animal. Drawing on this knowledge and their own deepening compassion, the TerraKoru acquired the power to transform into animals and discover nature through her own eyes. Inspired by a newfound understanding, the TerraKoru returned home, committed to preserving Earth’s beauty and life. Among their fabled ranks are rumored Pliny the Elder, Galileo, and Jules Verne, to name but a few. But despite the efforts of the Emerald Guard and TerraKoru, TerraTopia teeters toward The Falling. Earth’s deterioration has bred disease in TerraTopia, destroying the land and upending its weather. What is done to one world, impacts the other. Earth, it seems, has run out of champions. The TerraKoru-in-training who have already crossed the boundary are either missing, or worse, being persecuted for TerraTopia’s woes. StormWing, a former TerraKoru consumed by greed and emboldened with self-importance, has seized upon The Falling to usurp control. Blaming the Emerald Guard and their precious students as carriers of the disease, his campaign of distrust divides TerraTopia’s clans, driving them toward war as he secretly plans to empty their world of its resources. In his quest for power, StormWing has violated the promises made as a TerraKoru, unwittingly mutating himself and his acolytes. No longer can they retain the natural grace their TerraKoru powers enabled. Instead, they’ve splintered apart, transforming into horrifying Skaarsgard. By taking on multiple Tokas at once, the animal spirits that would otherwise act as guides in the ways of the Koru, war for control. StormWing, himself, hobbles on eagle legs while his trembling scorpion talons claw with rage. Seeking escape from his self-inflicted demise, StormWing has captured all remaining TerraKoru hoping to use them as lab rats in his desperate search for a cure. Nevertheless, he’s running out of options—TerraTopia’s guardians are all but gone. Save one. Reluctantly, NightFire, the last of her kind, emerges from hiding. She fears she is the Netherchild—the being without birth or death, the prophetic progenitor of The Falling. If she fails to act, she not only jeopardizes TerraTopia’s future, she condemns the Earth to die. She must summon help despite the danger to any who heed the call—new apprentices from Earth, her only real hope. Little can she imagine the four who her emissaries, the Dragonflies, will choose… So unfolds Book One, Part I of Soar a Burning Sky, Keepers of the Koru.
About the author
Together, this husband-wife team have more than 50 years of entertainment experience ranging from feature film and award-winning commercial direction to groundbreaking educational product development. They share a passion for storytelling involving rich immersive worlds populated with compelling characters. TerraTopia and Keepers of Koru, hold a special place in their hearts. The award-winning epic fantasy got its start almost two decades ago and, with time, has transformed, broadened, and deepened to embrace today’s issues and the possibilities new media offers to address such challenges. Steven (Steve) Beck helmed the movies Ghost Ship and 13 Ghosts. Earlier in his career, he served as the visual effects art director on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Abyss and The Hunt for Red October. Beck-directed commercials have also gained recognition at the AICP show, the Clio Awards, Cannes, the London International Awards, and the International Advertising Awards. Recently, Steve has been active in the international commercial market, turning out projects in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Dubai, and Russia. Steve is a graduate with honors from Pasadena’s Art Center of Design. Vicki’s career includes extended stints at several of the world’s leading entertainment companies where she helped develop an original creative property that would become the foundation for a new educational business venture. She also acted as Executive Producer for product lines spanning a range of media including TV, interactive media, print and toys. In addition to numerous film credits, she received recognition for a 1994 Gold CINDY Award, a CINDY Special Festival Award, and one of former President Bush’s 1,000 Point of Lights of Awards for the nation, as a result of projects and programs directed. From 1992-93, Vicki was a member of the nationwide Arts Partnership Working Group (an appointed task force of 50) responsible for developing recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education regarding the role of arts education in core curriculum. Vicki received her MBA from Stanford University where she also completed her undergraduate studies, earning a BA with distinction in International Relations. www.terratopia.com www.stevenmichaelbeck.com
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