The Legendary Tour
As the lighting blazed in a dancing, arcing column to the sky, a voice deep and powerful as thunder said, “My son, today my powers are bestowed upon you.”
This tour goes back to the age of legends. The author has taken a deep dive into rich history, bringing his love of fantasy with him.
The Stuff of Myth and Legends
One of our children’s favorite books is Paul Bunyan (Tall Tales). It’s filled with stories that are magical to children. It tells how the Great Lakes in Michigan were dug by Paul while he searched for gold. The thousands of lakes in Minnesota came from his giant footprints crossing the land. To make giant flapjacks for the enormous lumberjack, the cook needed a skillet so large it required that he tied butter to his shoes, greasing the skillet by skating while it melted.
They are tall tales, stretches of the imagination with perhaps a grain of truth, and a lot of fun! We enjoy these fanciful tales as children. We love to imagine what it would be like to see a man as tall as a house, a real unicorn, a fairy, a dragon! We are no different as adults. Deep down, we wonder what sites history has witnessed that we will never know.
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Some say history is boring. I admit as a child to thinking as much; however, history is nothing of the sort. Ancient history, especially, is filled with myths and legends galore of fantastical creatures, gods intermingling with man, fierce beasts and quests of heroes battling against evil.
Book 2 in the series, Cumoro, opens with this quote:
“A few had been swept over to Britain, and were sent back by the petty kings. Not a man returned from the distance without his tale of marvels – furious whirlwinds, unheard-of birds, enigmatic shapes half-human and half-bestial: things seen, or things believed in a moment of terror.” Tacitus, Annals 2.24
Ancient history lends itself wonderfully to the genre of historical fantasy because so many of the stories were passed down orally and recorded history is scant. Much of it is shrouded in uncertainty to this day and we may never know the whole of the story.
A vast amount of the characters, times, places, and events in Marshall’s stories are true to history. You may read names like Eochaid, Bres, Nuada, Ogma, or Sreng and think they are just cleverly crafted names; however, these were real people who lived in ancient times. The Fir Bolg, the Fomori, Pritana and Cruthin , the Tuatha De Danaan are not figments of Marshall’s imagination but the historical groups involved in ancient Ireland and Britain.
The book to the left, The Silver Arm by Jim Fitzpatrick, is one example of books written to tell the story of the real people in history. This one is about Nuada.
As Marshall began researching for his series, The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, many of the historians timed the peoples and events in his books as taking place around 5,000 B.C.; however, he once ran across a note stating some historians believe it to have been closer to B.C. 150. Marshall decided 60 B.C. was close enough. The time and place was set. Guiamo would be abandoned in 60 B.C. Gaul.
This is an example of the poetic license that author’s take when crafting an epic tale such as Guiamo. The original goal is to craft a well told story, to entertain. In order to keep the story flowing and not get bogged down in the minutia, some details can be accepted as “close enough.” Keeping to the facts isn’t the highest priority; however, it’s a wonderful thing when you can entertain AND teach. The Guiamo Chronicles does just that.
In Christy Nicholas’ book, Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland, she shares photographs of many hidden places of Ireland that tie into the myths and legends. If you scan just the first few pages, you will read of the mythological cycle, the Ulster cycle, Fenian cycle, the historical cycle. Ireland’s history is anything but simple. There will be inconsistencies between the Guiamo Chronicles and real history. It is a fictional tale, but extensive research has been done in order to craft the tale into the fabric of history itself.
We hope you will join us on our legendary tour over the next few weeks as we explore the history behind the stories in The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo. Come learn an ancient language with us, discover the months of the Roman calendar, travel to ancient places that still hold us mystified. Read as we discuss what the origins of the gods may have been. And why not pick up your copy of Guiamo and get started reading while we tour. We’ll have a time of questions and answers with the author on down the road a bit. Invite your friends near and far.
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History doesn’t have to be boring!
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Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land. It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west.
Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend.
In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world’s forever.
Guiamo Durmius Stolo sails in 55 B.C. with Rome’s 7th Legion as Julius Caesar invades Britain. But Caesar has not before encountered the Fomori, a dominion of wicked creatures which wage war against the human inhabitants and dominate much of Britain. Armed with his god-made spear, Guiamo joins with the tribal kings against their Fomori foe when Caesar departs.
Having destroyed the Fomori in Britain , Guiamo Durmius Stolo decides in 51 B.C. to bring the Cruthin people, once slaves to the Fomori, to Ireland , but encounters the Fomori who reside there as well. Guiamo discovers that the gods venerated by the Druids are unworthy. The gods are displeased with him and begin to work against him.
In 50 B.C. Guiamo Durmius Stolo finds himself victor over the detested Fomori whose leader, Cichol, is slain and those few who survived are scattered. Guiamo explores the secret places where Cichol kept his most important secrets and discovers there the treasures of Cichol’s master, the goddess Domnu.
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Marshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.
Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, geneologies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.
Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it’s not a shallow one.
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