It is never too late to save your soul and redeem yourself of your offenses. If you reject the darkness, you will live forever in the lightness.
In the beginning, the highest god Onoris established laws governing Naor and gave the order for all to fight against the darkness. However, there are those deceived by the promises of Hodgorn, the lord of darkness, who let the darkness in their souls. They become cursed beings; the gods of lightness turn their faces away from them and close the gates of the bright palace upon them. The cursed ones are left in Naor and torment those who wish to protect their souls from eternal damnation.
However, evil does not want to let the lightness triumph, and it looks for its victims everywhere. It may chase a nobleman who is seeking his fortune in the severe lands of the far north; it may hide in the fog that envelops the mountains and the estates of a great lady. It can also wait patiently for centuries under the scorching desert sun for the opportunity to seize a weapon that will enable it to enslave the creatures of lightness.
But it all depends on Onoris’ creatures whether their souls will be devoured by the darkness or remain unblemished by evil.
Details updated April 22, 2022
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio, born in Koszalin (Poland) in 1974, still resident of that town or nearest area, married for 16 years, mother of one son and happy owner of two spoiled cats. Justyna was lucky to live at the turn of two ages: communism and capitalism. When she was fifteen the comunism fall in Poland. But that time allowed her to see different reality, incomprehensible for future generations. It was also the chance to “touch” the past and have a glimpse at the remains of XIX century life, which survived especially at the Easts parts of Poland till the end of 80’s of last century.
Naor :: Series
Series contains 6 total works.
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Cursed Children of Naor is the third in the series, but I have only read two of them. I found this one highly entertaining, and lost more than a little sleep while turning pages(electronically) later than I should have. As state in the description, there are three separate stories, each standing on it's own merit, while taking place in the same universe. The first takes place in a cold, forbidding north land, the second in a high mountainous region, and the last in a hot, arid and harsh desert land. Justyna's knowledge and description of these places are extensive and bring a realism not often found in fantasy. The setting are very important to the story lines, and are very much a character in their own right. The characters in each story are rich and deep, full of human foibles and failings and well as fortitude and heroism. There is plenty of action, violence, love and great story telling for anyone interested in the fantasy genre. These stories are definitely fantasy, but can be violent and tend to the horrific sometimes, and as I am a horror fan as well, I enjoy the juxtaposition. All in all, Cursed Children of Naor was a fun read and I highly recommend it.
In Naor, the Gods do not fight each other directly, but instead leave their children to battle: Both the Cursed Children as well as those who fight for the light. Cursed Children of Naor is actually the third book that Justyna Plichta-Jendzio has written in this universe, but you do not have to read the earlier books to enjoy this one. In fact, this one is broken up into three stories to show you three different stories, linked together by the themes of betrayal by those close to you and the treachery of the Cursed. However, this book also drives home the important lesson that you can't judge someone by their family or their outside visage: A man who comes from a family with a curse may work to end the curse by any means necessary instead of giving in to the power at the same time that a noble family may be hiding a secret that is destroying those and those around them. Finally, you learn that love comes in many shapes. While I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I will be purchasing the other books by this author. I am very impressed with how she handles subjects such as good, evil, betrayal and love, and will be reading the first two novels set in Naor as well to see if they're as good as this one.
A very well written set, three. stories set in the author's fantasy/horror world of Naor. A nobleman's hunting party is followed, harassed, by a werewolf. The second story, DRAGON'S RACE, finds a pair investigating a series of murders by an apparent spectral demon. The third has a man lost in the desert after fleeing the King's men and rescued by a magician. He's accompanied by a harpy and is destined to resurrect a dragon/magician. I liked the author's writing style, simple, direct, it caught me up and kept me reading. Recommended.
There are three stories to 'Cursed Children of Naor' and each is wonderfully realized. Each story is connected with theme, mythology, and moderately setting. I have not read the first installments in Justyna's series but this book stands well on its own merit. A Son of the Wolf Pack gives an interesting take on fantasy with some horror elements sprinkled in. The story was very griping from start to finish and it left me second guessing myself as I tried to discern who the werewolf was. Shroud of the Past offsets the first story with a very different take on story in a medieval setting and focuses on different elements. Dragon’s Race also changes the tone to more of a heroic fantasy. Lovers of each type of fantasy will find something to love about this book and its three stories. It really is worth the read!
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook. Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy. Three separate stories, one book, yet all three stories have a connection. Three horror stories, based on the evil in the land of Naor. the lord of darkness has taken over those left in Naor, and they will battle to keep the light out. Can Onoris' creatures win this battle over evil, or will they, too, be devoured by the children of Naor. I like getting three stories in one book. It makes for interesting reading. These are dark fantasy, horror stories, with enough magic to keep the reader guessing. I am intrigued by the common connection through these seemingly separate stories. This book is as good as the other books. The stories in this book exemplify the battle of good verses evil. The author does an excellent job of defining each and keeping the reader guessing as to who is good and who is evil. . There are many twists in these stories, and it will be difficult for any reader to guess the outcome. I would recommend this book to all readers of horror stories. It has enough fantasy to interest those readers who enjoy magic and the battle of demons. I will be reading the next book by this author.
The third in her series of dark fantasy collection, Cursed Children of Naor is another strong, entertaining read from Justyna Plichta-Jendzio. As was the case with the first two collections, the book is comprised of three stories connected by theme, mythology, and setting. A Son of the Wolf Pack opens the collection on a bit of a weak note. The werewolf take is an interesting mix of horror and fantasy, but it just seems too familiar. Fortunately, the typical red herrings as to who is the werewolf are deliberately obvious, almost as if we're being challenged not to believe. What ultimately redeems it, however, is the final revelation as to who really is the werewolf, along with the deeper mythology surrounding the curse. Shroud of the Past is a more original tale, transporting us from the frozen lands of the opening story to a more medieval pastoral setting. Here, we get an interesting look at race and gender in the world of Naor, with a very different sort of evil working behind the scenes. I quite liked what Justyna did with this one - it just felt like a magical story, and one with some interesting women at its heart. With Dragon’s Race we change setting and story once again, moving into the dangerous deserts, and into a more heroic sort of fantasy. I hesitate to call this one a coming of age story, but it is very much centered around a young man forced to confront his destiny. This feels like the biggest and richest tale in the collection, as well as the most traditional. It takes a while to get going, but once it does it hits all the right buttons. Justyna writes very well, with an imagination that's equal to her narrative talent. Her grasp of dialogue and mythology is what really drives her writing, with the the episodic nature of the stories keeping things fresh. I would like to see a longer novel from her at some point, simply to have time to follow a group of characters once we get to know them, but that's not a complaint, just an idle wish. If you've yet to visit Naor, then Cursed Children of Naor is a great place to start.
Justyna has proven herself to be a highly imaginative and skilled writer. With every book she writes she displays incredible attention to detail, character development and originality. Not only are her stories intriguing and her characters deep and diverse, they are all very original and exciting. They are also quite unpredictable, and after getting into these books you'll realize that you can never trust your initial assessments. As always, the author demonstrates that a lot of work went into making the histories, cultures, belief systems and geographies of Naor. This is clearly a world the author is passionate about, and it comes through clearly in her writing.