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Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows by Andrew Cratsley slated for release in September

An extraordinary fantasy thriller, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows will be available where fine books are sold on September 1

CONCORD, N.C., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows by Andrew Cratsley will be released on September 1.  An inventive and intriguing work of fantasy, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows will be published in trade paper and eBook editions.

An extraordinary coming-of-age fantasy tale written by a dynamic new voice in the world of fantasy, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows has garnered high advance praise. Kirkus Reviews notes that Cratsley "believably and authentically develop[s] his characters" and calls the book a "promising debut."  In a Clarion Review, ForeWord Reviews reports that Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows "has all the color, imagination, and drama one might expect from the genre as well as emotional depth."  Moreover, the review states that the book's "fast pace and gaming-style characteristics may appeal to more reluctant readers and inspire future fantasy enthusiasts."

About the book: At 120 years old, Corinth is young by elf standards.  But even as a young elf, Corinth is haunted by his sordid past. When he emerges from his solitude within the eternal forest around Enzlintine, Corinth is sent away to quell the troubled region plagued by Khalid, the Lord of Conquest.  But this will be a journey like no other. Corinth bands together with two curious companions--the human ranger Aventis and the oh-so-spirited Nadine--until the trio is captured by an insidious necromancer, Mortiscet. A vile dark elf who forces the group to help his daughter Rieka find a mysterious object, Mortiscet thrusts the group into increasingly dangerous circumstances. Can Rieka escape the clutches of her wicked and overbearing patriarch?  And what will happen when the group launches towards a frigid wasteland in search of the bane of the evil that stalks them?  On this perilous journey, they'll have to battle assassins, ominous creatures and the forces of Khalid. Expect the unexpected--because sometimes, the best intentions come from the darkest recesses of the heart...

A splendid and magical tale with a captivating storyline, extraordinary characters and a plot brimming with action, intrigue and adventure, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows is a fascinating read that captivates from page one. Resplendent with characters that come to life within the novel's pages, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows is a beautifully-written, imaginative, and inventive tale.  With its strong central female characters, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows offers a refreshing diversion from fantasy tales that focus largely on male protagonists and male supporting characters.

A mesmerizing work of fantasy geared towards young adults, Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows will also appeal to adult readers of fantasy, as well as fans of such fantasy classics such as The Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter series.  According to Pacific Book Review, "Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows has aspects to entice most any reader, whether lover of fantasy or not.... readers of fantasy will delight in Cratsley's work."

A native of Honeoye, New York, Andrew Cratsley lives in North Carolina. Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows (CreateSpace, Trade Paper - ISBN: 978-1494365530, $14.00; eBook, $10.00) is his debut novel. Cratsley is a lifelong fan of fantasy books, films, and RPG-style gaming.  A champion of literacy issues and proud supporter of the World Literacy Foundation, Cratsley will donate a portion of the proceeds from Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows to the World Literacy Foundation's fight against illiteracy. For more information, please visit: www.keeperofrunes.com.  Cratsley is currently at work on book two in the series, Keepers of Runes and the Rise of Khalid.

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