Book Follows Orphan Boy Who Finds Himself in One Deadly Plot

William Shirley has always been a fan of the fantasy genre. During his senior year, Shirley wrote a short story for a sci-fi and fantasy fiction website. It won first place for new author work and a lot of people encouraged him to continue writing. Ten years ago, he began writing a story that would eventually become this book, "The Light Stone Apprentice: Book One of the Soul Stone Trilogy" (published by Xlibris).

The book follows the story of Kalan, an orphan boy who finds himself in a deadly plot. He faces dark powers, treachery, fear and uncertainty as he struggles to gain the knowledge he needs to not only save himself, but maybe the world.

"This book gives a new look at the traditional fantasy genre," Shirley says "It has comedy and drama, romance and action. It's a fantasy book that focuses on the genuine emotions and problems of a young adult becoming a powerful adult."

An excerpt from the book:

Kalan was brought out of his thoughts when the man suddenly spun around in the street. Kalan ducked behind a sign and waited as The Man made up his mind and headed down an alley on the left. Kalan, seeing his opportunity, made his move. In three steps, he was behind the man, and his hand was under his cloak. As Kalan had thought, a huge purse was tucked in the man's belt, and it came loose in a quick motion of his dagger.

"The Light Stone Apprentice: Book One of the Soul Stone Trilogy"
By William Shirley
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781543470895
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781543470888
E-Book | 254 pages | ISBN 9781543470871
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
William Shirley is a longtime fan and author of short stories of the fantasy genre. After years of being influenced by authors such as Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson and Anne McCaffrey, he started on the long journey of creating his own novel. "The Light Stone Apprentice," is a work that has been coming together since his first award winning short story based on the same world in 2003.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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