Yare' Darkness Bound

local author releases first book in fantasy trilogy

Eric Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

FANTASYTASTIC. Local fantasy writer Travis Ludvigson holds Yare’ Darkness Bound, his first novel, and the initial installment of his The Nephilim Chronicles.
 
FANTASYTASTIC. Local fantasy writer Travis Ludvigson holds Yare’ Darkness Bound, his first novel, and the initial installment of his The Nephilim Chronicles.

The recent release of a novella by local author Travis Ludvigson, coupled with recent releases by Cayla Kluver, Nate Aeseng, and Walter Rhein, may soon give the Chippewa Valley another acclaimed scene: fantasy literature. Called Yare’ Darkness Bound, the book is the first in a three-part series called The Nephilim Chronicles, the main focus being on angels, demons, and the release of an ancient, menacing evil.

“It’s a supernatural thriller set in the modern world and centered around this medieval creature named Yare’ who’s imprisoned in a tree,” Ludvigson told me. “Jacob Williams, the main character, comes across the tree and inadvertently releases Yare’ into the world.”

Jacob is completely oblivious to the creature’s release, Ludvigson said. As a man with no belief in the spiritual world, Jacob quickly becomes a target, as the only means for the creature to remain forever free from imprisonment is to kill Jacob.

“I had this folder full of ideas, and this one just kind of moved to the forefront over time. I decided to just finally write it.” – writer Travis Ludvigson

About the same time, a helpful priest becomes Jacob’s mentor and attempts – quite vigorously – to get him to believe in the supernatural as it may be integral in saving his own life.

“Essentially, it’s a story of good versus evil,” Ludvigson said. “It touches on the different aspects of making the right choice and free will, all the while following this frightening, adventurous hunt.”

Ludvigson’s imagination goes back a long way. Although this is his first published book, he said he’s been interested in writing for as long as he can remember.

“I’ve written short stories since I was a teenager,” he said. “I enrolled in a lot of English/creative writing classes in college – I had this folder full of ideas, and this one just kind of moved to the forefront over time. I decided to just finally write it.”



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