Forth Worth, TX (PRWEB) May 12, 2008 -- When Thane, son of the Vegan King, experiences debilitating headaches, he soon finds himself undergoing a metamorphosis that ultimately culminates in his undertaking a tremendous adventure. With newfound abilities, Thane finds himself leading the people of Arvyndale in an assertion of their freedom against the Carnivores of their planet. Author Sean P. Griffin creates a fascinating and socially-relevant world filled with intrigue and moral dilemma in his new fantasy novel "Animalkind" (ISBN 9781604745535, ABISVC 2008).
Young Vegan Prince Thane embodies many of the traditional mythological hero's qualities, although he is initially devoid of supernatural powers--even his ability to shapeshift is normal in his world. Griffin creates a very human (Vegan) hero readers can relate to. Despite his role as prince of Arvyndale, Thane is not born a hero, but has greatness thrust upon him after an assassination attempt spurs him to action and he must quickly learn from his mistakes and become the hero his people desperately need.
The Vegan people long ago found a land where they could live in seclusion, far from the Carnivore people's eyes, but the time has now arrived when they must face their ancient enemies. Despite his fears, Thane acts to stop the Carnivore threat and to build an alliance with the other nations threatened by the land of Carnic.
Griffin has created a diverse and unusual fantasy world, and his background in biology and zoology lends his depiction of Aegea a stunning realism. The Aegean people are divided into five races, the Vegan, Carnic, Avian, Aquan and Reptilian. While on earth, humans eat animals, on Aegea, each creature is human but also shapeshifts into an animal. Interesting questions are posed regarding what is permissible as a form of food. To the creature about to be eaten, they are not just interesting questions but a matter of life and death! And the Carnivores appear to want to eat everything. Will the other races on the planet be able to come together to stop the Carnivores?
"Animalkind" is an original, cutting-edge fantasy epic that also touches on modern day controversial issues including racism, vegetarianism, and the ongoing quest for peace between warring cultures. While author Sean P. Griffin does not take a standpoint on vegetarianism, the novel offers much "food for thought" for people on both sides of the question. Readers will close the book, both satisfied that they have been entertained, and perhaps walking away with a unique perspective on the food sources available to them.
About the Author
Sean Patrick Griffin lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Ian and Jack, near Forth Worth, Texas. He attended college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned both a Bachelor's degree in Biology in 1995 and in 2003 his MBA. He works in the pharmaceutical industry during the day and writes fiction at night. He is currently completing the sequel to "Animalkind" among other works.
"Animalkind" (ISBN 9781604745535, ABISVC 2008) can be purchased through online bookstores. For more information, visit www.seanpgriffin.com. Publicity contact: www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.