“I was so unusually impressed by his insights and ideas for creative writing that I concluded he must be an excellent writer himself.” – Cathy Duffy
Courage and a heart for adventure drive twelve-year-old shepherd boy Aidan Errolson. When the bark of the bog owl echoes from the forest across his father’s well-tended pastures, Aidan dreams of wild places still untamed and quests not yet pursued.
Aidan’s life changes forever on the day Bayard the Truthspeaker arrives at Longleaf with an astonishing pronouncement: it is Aidan’s destiny to be the Wilderking, who will ascend to the throne from Corenwald’s wildest places. Only the Wilderking can balance his people’s civilizing impulses with the wildness that gives Corenwald its vitality. But not just yet. Many trials and adventures will shape the shaggy-headed shepherd boy into the man who can bring the kingdom back to its former glory.
Jonathan Rogers calls The Wilderking Trilogy a fantasy-adventure story told in an American accent. The wild places of the imaginary island of Corenwald bear more than a passing resemblance to the vine-tangled swamps and forests of his native Georgia. And in the voices of Corenwald’s inhabitants—feechie and civilizer alike—you can hear the echoes of American swampers and frontiersmen. The Bark of the Bog Owl, the first book of The Wilderking Trilogy, has already found a receptive audience among Rogers own six children. The Rogers clan lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jonathan Rogers received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. He is the creator of Grammar for Writers and Creative Writing.