Book One of The Panachrest
Johnny Eaton's debut epic fantasy series
Called to something greater by a beloved leader,
Reluctant or with reason, all must heed the Summons.
A loyal knight and three mercenaries - a wizard, a martial artist, and a berserker barbarian - are sent from Leon Palace by the Lord of Lectica to summon specific citizens for a service to the realm.
It should be an easy enough task, but the group quickly discovers that each island of Lectica brings its own complications:
House sprites aren't always free to leave the home.
Warring clans have little interest in peace.
Creatures in the woods can seduce - or worse - kill.
Not all fairies are filled with stardust and kindness.
Whole islands are overrun by quick-witted outlaws.
There are witches in the woods and pirates on the seas.
There are killer birds, sexy horses, con-wizards, and mermaids.
Almost everyone is corrupt, and everyone's got problems.
Some people simply don't have the time or interest for a service to the realm, especially when they can't even get an answer to a simple question:
What is the service that the Lord of Lectica wants from them?
Born on April 13th, 1978 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Johnny Eaton has been creative from an early age. He had a ‘black’ painting period in pre-school. He rearranged the rocks in his childhood neighbour's garden. He was removed from class for drawing a clown face in crayon over the entire surface of his desk in grade two. He wrote a serial story called “The Gang” for his grade four classmates. He built and painted a tipi for a grade seven history project. He helped orchestrate the erection of a picnic table pyramid in Stewart Park, Perth. When his jeans developed holes, he patched them, and then patched the patches. He wrote a Christmas play for his high school drama class called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rejected” and despite the vagrants and prostitutes included in the script got to see it performed in the cafeteria. He wrote over a hundred songs and toured across Canada as a solo musician for three years. He acted professionally in six different provinces. He published two poems. He painted his rooms with psychedelic murals. These days, Johnny's producing an album for his band, The Chanteclers, in which he sings and shares duties on guitar and bass. He's shaving his facial hair in ridiculous ways. And — oh yeah — he's writing novels and really hopes you like the first one. Johnny tends to live wherever whimsy takes him, preferably with a cat, or a similarly awesome and independent animal. "Summons" is Johnny's first book.