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Black Oak: The Loveless Chronicles is an urban fantasy novel written by Titus Murphy. It was called the Great War, and immortals and humans alike were arrayed against the Jackals, lupine creatures with an infinite capacity for violence and massing in overwhelming numbers. The witches used magical incantations and spells, lightning and fire denting the wolven hordes, diminishing their numbers, but it was simply not enough. The Hunters added weapon-craft to the spells they also wielded against the Jackals. The Warlocks’ Head, Master Donovan, knew the battle was being lost; the Hunters were weakening, and the Jackals seemed to appear in infinite waves. Performing the Denizen spell was his ultimate act and the ultimate tool at their disposal. The spell decimated the hordes but cost Master Donovan his life. Decades later the place would be known as Kansas City. In 1815, however, a monstrous wolf-like being was noted and killed in a cave. The rumors about evil wolf-like creatures persisted in the Black Oak area of Wichita to the present day. A young trucker named Mark would nearly encounter one when he took out Sharon, the girl he was crazy about...
Titus Murphy’s Black Oak is a fast-paced and atmospheric story about the struggle between good and evil that dates back to ancient Egyptian times. The author does an admirable job of immersing the reader in the history of Black Oak and setting out the modern scene for the continuing chapters of this series. His characters are authentic and believable, and his plot keeps the reader edgy and expectant. Black Oak: The Loveless Chronicles is recommended for paranormal fiction readers.