Gift of the Mancynn (The Ragnarök Chronicles: 2016) by Dominic Hodgson
Beyond the scope of Earthly perception, ancient forces have been waiting, prowling out in the further reaches of the multiverse. Now however the time has come for plans put in place from the dawn of human history to be set in motion. Philip Quint has always been different, able to do and know things beyond immediate explanation, all the while unquestioning of these abilities. For the present, all he has to concern himself with are the upcoming summer holidays, that and the disappearance of his best friend, plus the mysterious individuals approaching him in the hope of gaining his allegiance. On the one hand, there’s Lord Gryal Repa, seemingly the embodiment of Death, along with his Council of the Brethren, who originally made this boy so extraordinary, made him a Mancynn. On the other, there’s the man dressed all in black, renegade former-devotee of the Brethren Lords who promises to reveal Gryal’s true intentions. Then in turn, in this grander conflict spanning dimensions, who can say that there aren’t other foes operating even deeper within the shadows? As Philip and his friends are thus swept up in a mission taking them across and beyond this world, uncovering conspiracies and secrets hidden at every turn, with even Time itself differing from belief, the latest in a line of Mancynns must soon decide if he should fight back against what he’s told is his destiny, if he can at all…
For as long as I can remember I’ve been telling stories, odd tales which over time evolved into grander connected narratives. This in turn led me to do work experience at Igloo Publishing House and get a degree in English & Creative Writing, meanwhile also working for just over three years as a tutor of Maths and Science, such pursuits also being of great interest of mine, even if I don’t desire a career in their respective fields. I’ve also enjoyed bringing stories to life by means of amateur performing arts, both scripted and improvised, both the works of others and my own.
Born in 1997, at around the age of ten there was a moment where I, looking over the many scraps of paper upon which were written the chapter titles of my various planned stories, realised that with a little tweaking every idea I currently had could conceivably take place within the same continuity. Soon a timeline was drawn, people and enemies were made recurring, and thus The Ragnarök Chronicles were born, albeit not in the exact form the series is in today.
Since then, as my writing style evolved and the stories became more refined, this project, which is planned to consist of fifty-five books in total, has been my consistent goal. Each sub-series, defined by the year in the titles, can be read in isolation, yet when experienced together will form a greater saga spanning time, space and beyond. When it came to then incorporating a mythic side into the tale, taking inspiration from a plethora of mythologies (but per the series name primarily Norse), everything continued to naturally fall into place. Going forward, my work is going to be doubled-down on the novel front (save maybe for some elusive other opportunities down the line).
YouTube channel The Ragnarök Chronicles (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZqYeC6IONA1oLQi8-Ilyw) and website www.dominichodgson.com.
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