Earthdawn novel "Liferock"

Some of you might know the Earthdawn novel "Liferock" from Jak Koke. I guess a real Earthdawn fan knows about it or even knows a little bit about the story. No? Well the story is described as follows:

"Set in the post-apocalyptic fantasy world of the popular role-playing game Earthdawn, "Liferock" delves into the fascinating culture of the obsidimen race. Quiet and strong, patient and brave, obsidimen have a deep kinship with each other and the earth from whence they are born. A suspenseful adventure story with rich and entertaining characters, "Liferock" illustrates the difficulties of addiction and the worth of maintaining a connection to the natural world."

Unfortunately the former homepage of Jak Koke with informations about the novel is offline. But at you can read an interview with Jak, but it's mainly about his work for Shadowrun. The "Liferock" was published in 2003 by "Per Aspera Press" and it can be ordered at their homepage for 16.95$, at Amazon you can order it for 10$ (used). Per Aspera Press describes the story as follows:

"They are birthed from the rock fully-grown, live for a thousand years, and then return to the rock once more. Reclusive and peaceful, the androgynous obsidimen of the Garen Brotherhood live and dream atop their high jungle mesa in symbiotic harmony with the earth.
But far away, from a cave on the edge of a volcanic sea, something is calling them. Something twisted and strange, a blood magic born of desperation and warped by greed, is gathering obsidimen to itself. Those who answer fall prey to a seductive addiction from which there is no escape.
For the youngest obsidiman of the Garen Brotherhood, approaching the source of the call means risking a millennium of slavery to that twisted power. But go he must, because the blood magic has ensnared his tribe's lost Elder, their last hope of protecting their liferock from the forces which would destroy it."

Well, fine......would you now want to buy or read the book? No? Or do you already own it ? No?

I got an offer for you! You can read 80 pages for free and then decide if you gonna buy it via Per Aspera Press, amazon or wherever. Agreed? Well then.

Via google booksearch the first 80 pages can be read as a free preview.

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