Author: Atticus Krum
Genre: Middle Grade
The Taming Synopsis
When a mysterious Creature appears just beyond
the Hollow bearing a shiny object, it is urgent news for those living within
the Refuge, especially the Council of the Glade. However, for a young shrew
named Thutter, and his three friends, it becomes the occasion for an
ill-advised adventure. As it is, to leave the Glade is to break the ancient
Code and to surrender the protection of the unseen Elders, Rulers of the
All the same, the four critters begin their
quest with a common goal: to see a real, live Solkreat up close. As they near
the strange, two-legged Animal, however, one of the travelers reveals an
altogether different agenda. He wants the magic hogseye, the “hero-maker” which
dangles from the Creature’s neck. According to legend, young Thutter is the
only one who can steal it for him.
But the tiny adventurer isn’t the only one
coveting the enchanted object. The Beastmonger, a powerful and wicked
slitherer, will stop at nothing to get it, even murder. Fortunately, the Elders
know this, and they too have a plan for young Thutter.
For Their plan to succeed, however, the tiny
shrew must believe in Them, learning to listen for Their Voice. Otherwise, in
the face of great betrayal and tragic death, the tiny shrew will lose all hope.
He will fail to protect his family and the Glade from grave danger. More so, he
will fail to discover his all-important role in the ancient conflict between
Light and Darkness.
A DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD
Atticus Krum was born into a very loving family. However, he
would face many difficulties as a child. His father would die in prison after
being persecuted for his faith, forcing his mother to take her son and flee
their homeland. Atticus would be orphaned by age 8.
A challenging childhood, it was a beginning that was anything
Nevertheless, it wasn't until he turned 13 that Atticus began to
realize just how abnormal the rest of his life would be, for that was when he
realized he could do something that few others in this world could do.
Now to most, the ability to sense the presence of a
great tale residing within another would be highly treasured.
But to Atticus, this rather unique gift—known as fabulating—simply stood in the way of his future. Since the day he
witnessed his father’s arrest, picking up the old man’s clerical mantle was the
only thing that young Atticus dreamed of.
But the boy would eventually remember the many tales his parents
had shared with him—tales of the Legendarium. He had heard of the ancient
fabulators—those who had given their lives to gathering, chronicling, and
securing these special stories. Now, this was his calling.
And like the fabulators before him, his life was sure to become that of a story-finder.
Of course, the tales of the Legendarium are in no way his
stories, and yet in every way they are his stories to tell. They are the
accounts of the fantastic, the unexplained, and the curiously delightful. They
are the tales of the vitae essentia (essence
of life). They are the stories of an amazingly wonderful Magic.
Some call them myths; others call them fantasies or fairy tales.
But to those who can see the Magic behind them, they are nothing less than a
source of faith, hope and love.
Atticus never intended on becoming a writer; he eventually came
to realize, however, that Magic’s stories were meant to be shared. And so now
he spends most of his time putting pen to paper to prepare the tales he’s
collected for publishing.
When not writing, Atticus enjoys reading a good book, studying
something from his vast map collection, or playing one of his many unique
instruments such as the fluba, the trongos, or the clackamore.
Today, Atticus resides on a small farm in the Midwest with Albi,
his albino ferret. He is visited occasionally by his good friend Fr. Tuck (not
the one of Knottingham lore, of course) and travels only when absolutely
Atticus does not care to be photographed and almost never
smiles. What’s more, he dresses exclusively in black. Of course, he says
that the latter is for simplicity sake, but those who know him are certain that
he is just color blind.
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