The Magic World of “The Thousand Year Promise”

The Thousand Year Promise is a fantasy adventure trilogy.

An ancient prophecy foresees the fate of the bloodline of Lord Dearborn;

An unfulfilled oath breaks the bond between two enchanting lovers;

A thousand year promise unlocks the gate to the world of paradise;

The curse that casts upon an imprisoned soul shall welcome the challenge of a fearless warrior.

This is the story of “The Thousand Year Promise”.  The Eye of Phoenix begins the timeless tale.  

一个古老的传说预言了迪尔邦王族的命运, 一个没有兑现的承诺令深爱的情侣天人永隔。千年之约开启了通往圣土之门,禁锢亡灵的魔咒将面临勇者的挑战。
敬请关注奇幻爱情小说《一诺千年》之首部曲《凤凰眼》。。。

In the first book – The Eye of Phoenix, a disastrous hunting excursion turns Arden Dearborn’s life upside down. Accused of killing his father, the Lord of Londenberg, Arden is forced to flee into the wilderness, while his older brother Devlan takes over the city. A voice guides him to a mysterious castle, where he encounters a beautiful young woman, Sarah. Arden learns that Devlan is plotting another assassination to overthrow their father. With the help of a mystical device, Arden returns home, in time to shield Lord Dearborn from certain doom. An evil enchantress wounds Sarah with a fatal spell. On the brink of death, Sarah is brought back to her homeland – ShangeLilar. Only the Eye of Phoenix can save her life, the crown jewel of her motherland. To seek the woman he loves, Arden ventures into the treacherous wilderness and goes on a journey of no return…

故事简介:

《凤凰眼》是青少年英文奇幻小说《千年承诺》三部曲中的第一部。

故事讲述亚登与其父迪尔邦王和兄长达文一同参加狩猎活动。期间被别有用心的达文诬陷是欲刺杀父王的凶手而隐匿山林。一个神秘的声音指引他来到深山中的一座古堡,在那里他邂逅了美丽的萨伦公主并爱上了她。为了给自己洗脱污名并解救身处险境的父亲,亚登冒死返家,用以身犯险的策略令兄长的杀父夺权的阴谋再次失败。当亚登以为可以和深爱的女人常相厮守,萨伦公主却因被施了魔咒而命在旦夕。唯一可以救她的只有母国香格里拉的镇国之宝-凤凰眼。为延续其生命,萨伦公主经通天门被带回与世隔绝的母国。一对有情人就此被迫分隔两地。为与爱人重聚,亚登拜别父亲与故土踏上了艰险的不归之旅。

 

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Concerning the Main Characters in the Story:

Arden Dearborn (protagonist)  the chosen one who will break the thousand year old curse, and save Sarah, the woman he loves and her kingdom – ShangeLilar from certain doom.

Sarah Hillden (the princess of ShangeLilar) she receives the soul of Lady Esdella Lalunna, who had been cursed for a thousand years. To break the deadly cycle, one man has to sacrifice his life for her.

Angoles (alias:Silver Moon)  the youngest member of the Evelin Race, the fairest of all beings, ageless, noble and courageous, yet his destiny is one of loneliness and heartbreak. He feels responsible for Lady Lalunna’s untimely death and vows to break the thousand year old curse that was cast upon her soul. His quest, however, carries deadly consequences.

Johnston Dearborn The Lord of Londenberg,  he falls in love with Arden’s mother, who died after giving birth to Arden, and is forced to take on a wife, whom he does not love.

Devlan Dearborn Lord Dearborn’s only son and heir. He has never received love from his father. His affection for Arden’s fiancée, Ann-Marrie drives him to the edge of insanity. He collaborates with an evil sorcerer and sets out to conquer ShangeLilar, the last paradise on earth.

Marian Swanson – Lord Dearborn’s wife, Devlan’s birth mother. She passed away when Devlan was just 13 years old.

Ann-Marrie Silverman Arden’s fiancée, the woman Devlan fancies for.

Darven Complee – A knight who once served and betrayed the King of ShangeLilar, ambitious and evil. He believes the power of the Eye of Phoenix will grant him longevity and eternal youth.

Erod Kinsley – The unwilling assassin who was sent by Devlan to murder his own father Lord Dearborn. Later, he uses his exceptional fighting skills to help Arden win the war against the evil forces.

Duke Peacock – A bird like creature that talks like a human being. He is Angoles’s faithful friend and companion, and may alter its appearance whenever needed.

Lady Inge (also known as the Lady of Light) an Evelin with the ability of summoning the lost souls. She often transforms into a fleeting light as a way of preserving her youth and beauty.

Milendi (alias Silver Ray) An Evelin, older and wiser, he helps Angoles in the war against the evil force. He carries a magic mirror that has the power to display the fate of an Evelin.

Oglise (also known as a man without past) Milendi’s young companion, a man with mysterious background. Milendi rescues him from an unman island.

Bretria an evil enchantress who often takes the form of a snake. She is responsible for the initiation of the Thousand Year Old Curse.

Aarond – a flaming monster that lives in a cave. He enjoys playing a word game with his victims, and he has never lost a round until he encounters Angoles.

Let your imagination fly: anyone who wishes to create art works for those characters please feel free to do so. The art piece should be saved as JPEG file, and submitted to:  llartdesigncomp@gmail.com . There is no deadline for the submission. All the art works will be posted on this site and works of excellence shall be made into a YouTube video for the public to download and share.

 

Interesting facts regarding the creation of the main characters and their names

Fact 1:  The inspiration for the heroin – Sarah

The author has been a long time fan of classical singer Sarah Brightman. She named the heroin after her idol.

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Fact 2: The inspiration for the hero – Arden

Since the author likes the original Star Wars movies very much, she named her hero “Luke”, but later thought that name is too well known, and she didn’t want to create another character resembles the famous Jedi, so she changed it to “Adam”. However, she found out one of her co-workers at the time has the same first name. To make her hero a bit more unique, she finally settled on the name Arden, not perfect, but will do for now.

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Fact 3: The inspiration for the unsung hero – Angoles 

In the original tale that was created around 2003, the character Angoles did not exist. After the movie “The Lord of the Rings” got hugely popular,  one day, the author turned on the TV and caught a glimpse of Legolas swinging backwards onto a horse, and the rest is a history, la la, Angoles is born, and he owes it to Orlando Bloom.

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Fact 4: The inspiration for the villain – Darven Complee

Every adventure tale has an evil character. The hateful villain Darven Complee is based on a real person in the author’s life…

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Famous Quotes From Other Authors:

“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
Quotes by C.S. Lewis

“Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.”

— Amy Tan

From The Kitchen God’s Wife

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, from the Lord of the Rings 

“The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Not everyone can become a great artist. But a great artist can come from anywhere.

— from movie “Ratatouille”  Ego’s Speech.

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About dreamlin

Lin has harbored a dream of becoming a novelist since the tender age of 14. When she was 17, her family moved from Mainland China to US in searching for a better life. Language barrier, culture difference, and countless life struggles did not shatter her spirit. Instead, they became the source of her inspiration, and fuel to pursue her dream. Lin is a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. His epic fantasy adventure novel the Lord of the Rings has a great impact on her. However, the lack of romance in the original story stimulates her to create the Thousand Year Promise. Lin loves poetry, mythology, classic & pop music, and literature. To this day, epic fantasy remains her favorite genre. Lin's second novel is a paranormal mystery called "Hidden Scent", peppered with suspense, romance and a touch of magic. Everyone has a secret to hide, and in the process of uncovering the truth, morality is in danger of being forfeited. It's a ghost story with heart and soul. Her most recent work "The Price of a Lie" exposes dark courtroom secrets legal professionals don’t want the public to know. The story unveils the masks of judges and lawyers, how they deceive the public, abuse their power at will, and help criminals escape the punishment of the law. Apart from a typical victim, the heroine in this tale is witty, brave and resourceful. In a dire situation, she does not give in to despair, instead, uses strategy and facts to overcome the obstacles.
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