Item No. 005725
by Nicholas Kotar
A city ruled with an iron fist. A swordsmith trying to survive. A choice that could heal the world…or plunge it into ruin.
Llun the smith is an artist at heart, content to make the most beautiful swords, nails, and horseshoes in his city. But when his smithy is visited by the grand inquisitor of the secret police, his peaceful life is at an end.
He is offered a perfect job–to be the exclusive smith of the new order. Endless luxury, good food, and the freedom to create–it’s everything he ever wanted. But it comes with a price.
He must make a seemingly insignificant object–a metal flask–as a gift to the new ruler of his city. Seized by a strange inspiration, he instead creates an object of great power that can heal thousands… or lead to a war that would never end.
The Curse of the Raven is an epic fantasy novella sequel to The Song of the Sirin. Inspired by the persecution of the Church during the Russian Revolution, it explores themes of faith during an age of fear, love during a time of hatred, and the role of providence in times of apparent hopelessness. Early readers have called it "The Lord of the Rings meets 1984.”
About the Author: Nicholas Kotar comes from a family of Russian immigrants who moved from Russia after the Revolution. He grew up in what was essentially a Russian ghetto in San Francisco, speaking Russian before speaking English. He and his sister were home-schooled until his parents opened a school which they administered for the next twenty years of their life. This school, St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, provides a classical education within the Orthodox Christian community in San Francisco. After graduating from UC Berkeley (studying Russian Literature) Nicholas went back to teach in St. John’s for seven years. Nicholas is currently a freelance translator from Russian to English, specializing in literary, historical, and religious texts. He also conducts Russian sacred music and is an occasional tenor soloist. He is the resident conductor of the Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary Men’s Choir in Jordanville, NY.
Author: Nicholas Kotar
Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches
Page Length: 102 pages
Publisher: Other Publisher
AFP SKU: 005725
Retail Price: $10.99