The Shadow of the Staff, Tomorrow is Just a Day Away is the next step in a series of novels written by M.A. Haddad. M.A. Haddad was born in Toledo, Ohio and still resides there today. As a member of the United States Air Force, he received several awards and commendations.
As a teenager, he joined the Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol. Currently he is still an active member of the program and as a Senior Member wears the rank of Major. He and has been in the program for over 48 years.
After 24 years and 6 months of national service, he retired and began his writing career. The Shadow of the Staff, A Wizard’s Revenge was his first novel and is both exciting and riveting. His writing shows that he is committed to delivering a story that readers should find entertaining, intriguing and fun to read.
The story of peace and war in the mythical land of Hatu. A rogue wizard tries to exact revenge on the last descendant of those who destroyed the staff of power thousands of years ago. Elves, Men, and Dwarves join in the defense of all the peoples of Hatu. Orcs, Men, and Trolls are on the hunt to find Burton Brew, last of the line, and return him to the evil wizard Meloneous. Many adventures and surprises follow Burton, and his friend Tordin, one of the few remaining Rangers, as he does his best to avoid an all-out war in Hatu by doing the task he is given by the great Elf Lord. Along the way, he finds powers that were dormant within him. Using these powers he helps unite all the free peoples in a battle that will not only determine the fate of Hatu, but the future of Burton himself.
Haddad shows strong fantasy instincts, and a scene in which Burton finds himself trapped in a house by Orcs feels genuinely harrowing. Burton is also a likable character with several charming moments of introspection. However, his powers do make his struggles feel less urgent. It will also quickly become clear to readers that Hatu is largely a facsimile of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. In addition to an army of Orcs and Goblins, the story includes Myopians, which are nearly indistinguishable from Hobbits.
The Shadow of The Staff, A Wizard’s Revenge was the first book in a series of novels based on the adventures of the peoples of Hatu. Currently, the second volume, The Shadow of the Staff, Tomorrow is Just a Day Away, is progressing for release in early November, 2021.
The second volume will follow the further adventures of Burton Brew, of Myopia, as he moves forward with old and new friends, allies and enemies. He will continue to develop his unusual powers which will once again find him in situations that require him to use his wits and fighting abilities to protect those who rely on him the most.
The Shadow of the Staff, Tomorrow is Just a Day Away promises to provide more intrigue and excitement in the fantasy world of Hatu with personal sacrifices and victories culminating in unforeseen complications for all the races of this magical land.
Who will survive and who will parish is the question that will be answered by tomorrow for Burton and the free peoples of Hatu.