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A shipwreck has separated the key figures in the quest to save the earth from the return of the Gods Before in Runemaster: The Shardheld Saga Volume 2 by Paul E. Horsman. In two groups isolated from one another by the storm, the Norden survivors embark on separate paths to seek aid in their attempts to rid the world of the murdering Fynni and treasonous Jarl Rannar and return Prince Ottil to the throne where he can establish better relationships and a new age of cooperation between the different people of the realm. With the help of the Druidess Moirra, Muus, the Runemaster, succeeds in finding long-lost runes that will increase his powers. Meanwhile, Holder Kjelle and his crew continue to battle those who seek to overtake peaceful villages and journey to the home of the ancient Wiseman Lithan who can help the other Druidess, Birthe, understand the journey ahead of them. Will both groups succeed in their objectives and manage to combat the evil forces at work in the world or will the ancient Gods Before destroy the world and return it to an elemental wilderness?
In the form of a true saga, Runemaster: The Shardheld Saga Volume 2 by Paul E. Horsman tells a tale of danger, bravery and heroic deeds as the ancient world seeks to prevent the return of the original four Gods Before. Using the powers of the runes and the gifts of the Druids, the well-defined characters pursue their goals, overcoming countless hardships along the way. The plot is captivating and the action moves along with the right combination of excitement, revelation and soul-searching on the part of the characters who learn and grow along with their quest.