Slurr Jacasta, general of the Army of Quadar is lost on the icy continent at the bottom of the world, alone… save for Yarren Slipwind, wizard of Melsa, who has vowed to find the general and return him to his wife, Cerah of Quadar, the Chosen One, who has led her army thousands of miles to the north in pursuit of an ancient evil, now set loose upon the Green Lands.
Will Slurr be found alive? Will Cerah fulfill her ancient purpose and destroy the demon, who his hell-bent on nothing less than the extermination of wizards and humans alike? In a world now filled with an evil army of monsters who seek not only to kill their enemies, but to devour them, Cerah must face them as well as her own fear and uncertainty, traveling between the realms of the living and the dead, with only the strength of her own spark and the promise of the creator God, Ma’uzzi, that she would never be forsaken. Can she believe the promise?
Many Hidden Rooms concludes the first segment of the Cerah of Quadar series, bringing the reader along as the forces of good travel the face of the planet, introducing new locations and new characters along the way to the final, climactic confrontation with the fifty-foot tall ebony demon.
Scott James (S.J.) Varengo was born in 1960, in a city called New York. Two years later he formed a band called The Beatles .
He returned to New York City to attend Fordham University (having been told it was a basketball powerhouse) before transferring to the State University of New York at Potsdam (having been told it was located in the tropics), from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History.
Varengo loves to read (favorite authors include Craig A. Hart, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien and an up-and-comer named Ernie Heming-something-or-other), listen to music (when he writes, it's usually jazz - the rest of the time it's Tasmanian flute concertos), and walk along forested trails with his wife Kim and their dog Tanner. He lives in Baldwinsville, NY, a suburb of Syracuse, known for its picturesque setting and its friendly people. He has two adult children of whom he is obnoxiously proud.
His published works include a volume of short fiction, two fantasy novels, and an ever-growing list of spy/espionage novellas, which he co-writes with Craig A. Hart.
Worlds beware - Surok is free again! Cerah and dragon match-mate Queen Tressida, must speed to Quadar's defence and fight alongside her betrothed husband, Slurr, now General of her forces and every able-bodied ally they can recruit, before all is lost in this terrific second book in the Cerah of Quadar series by the inimitable SJ Varengo. Wizards Kern, (Cerah's mentor) and Parnassus her new trainer accompany Cerah and her forces to locate Surok and his Silestrian/Siluman, vampire-like beasts, who attack at every opportunity. Slurr is trapped by and feared lost to a snow beast, [after he, his army and Commander Cerah found Surok's former lair empty apart from Cerah's family and others drained of their life-forces by the Silestrians], his friend Lorn found and rescued him in time for Cerah's love-magic to heal Slurr fully.
I liked the way the story revolved around love and loyalty overcoming the treachery of Zern the Elder and even overcoming the evil Surok, despite his almost supernatural powers and huge dragon steed that nearly ended the Quadari heroine's mission before she had a chance to prevail. Cerah herself puts me in mind of the historical figure Joan of Arc, who though a young woman was able to lead a huge army of men to defend her nation against the invaders, even though (as ultimately happened) she paid the highest price of all with her life to overcome evil.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series and I'm sure you'll love Cerah, Slurr,Tressida and the others too, as they're like a wonderful alternate-reality family with excitement and adventure throughout - a rip-roaring good yarn indeed!
Scott Varengo's Many Hidden Rooms (Cerah of Quadar Book 2) is simply horrendous, or I should say, the villain of the story is. Quadar is the planet where this series takes place and it is brought to us in vivid detail as are the various people and animals which inhabit it. Of course, the monsters are indeed monstrous as is their behavior. It is a highly developed and intricate story and terribly exciting to read. Cerah, the heroine, is The Chosen one, named in an ancient prophecy who will ultimately defeat the villainous monster of all evil. This series is her story filled with dragons and monsters, oh my!