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Detailed Plot Synopsis of Gideon's Dawn

Gideon's Dawn is a complex epic of heroic adventure set in a unique, mysterious world where two magical languages—one borne of creation, the other of destruction—are building toward an ultimate war for dominance.
    For generations the Council Lords of Phallenar, sole keepers of the language of Destruction, have ruled the lands unopposed, having long ago destroyed all those who spoke the language of life, and suppressed the knowledge of their tongue so completely that in time it became little more than legend.
    And yet one tentative hope remained. Certain prophecies from ages past continued to rail against the Council's rule. They spoke of a coming redeemer, one who would shatter the Council's strength and remake the world with a power not like their own.
    Then one day, a stranger named Gideon appeared. No one knows where he came from or how he arrived. But they know he has power. This is no ordinary sojourner, they whisper. He may be the answer to ancient prophecies of doom and deliverance. Or he may just be Gideon Dawning, a graduate student from Texas, in over his head in a world beyond time…
This report prepared by Michael D. Warden








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Mental/magical powers focus    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl

Setting

Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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