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Fantasy and the Occult Meet in a Gripping Novel

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Many bookworms around the world are fans of the fantasy genre, taking great pleasure in reading the works of authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin. R. J. Jerome’s novel, “Valstain,” is yet another perfect example of fantasy fiction, having an intricate, original plot, complex characters, and a gripping storyline. “Valstain” is the first installment in “The Pelagius Game” Series which will comprise four volumes.

The protagonist of the story, Timothy Anderson, can’t make peace with the thought that the leaders of the Pelagius Order are corrupted and not at all guided by the values of the Order. He seeks to take revenge on those who have betrayed him, planning on entering Valstain, the magical realm between Heaven and Earth. However, in order to follow through with his plan, Timothy needs the new headmaster’s permission, Michael Olshefski. This will set into motion a whole chain of events, which have the protagonist at their center – Timothy Anderson is the only one who can bring back peace and balance into a corrupted world.

R.J. Jerome spent a significant amount of time doing research on various religious teachings and scriptures, drawing inspiration from them. The information resulted from his studies materialized in the form of “Valstain,” novel which will be followed by three more in the same series. Regarding the storyline and plot idea, the author says: “I once attended a class in Catholicism where I saw two priests whispering. This spawned the idea for ‘The Pelagius Game’ and I spent the next four years constructing narratives for four books.”

Given that the author has dedicated so much of his time to studying, it comes as no surprise that the series’ title can actually be correlated with a real fact. R.J. Jerome says: “I remembered stumbling across Pelagianism, a theological theory named after the British monk, Pelagius. Pelagius practiced first to demonstrate the power and quality of human nature and to show what it is capable of achieving. With this in mind, I constructed the idea of a competition between God and Satan.”

If you want to learn more about R.J. Jerome’s novel, “The Pelagius Game – Book I: Valstain,” you may do so by visiting the eTreasures Publishing site or Smashwords, sites from which you can also purchase the book.


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