Dear [Agent of Agency],
Aëros can’t recall when the shadow first appeared, or why. It walks alongside him, a doppelgänger wreathed in darkness, its words as murky as its purpose.
Aëros attempts to ignore the shadow, but when it directs him to Athair, the Necromancer responsible for the near extinction of the West, he has no choice but to abide it (Why does he have no choice? Maybe just "he gives in to it" would be better). Once driven by a love of adventure and the unknown, Aëros now follows a singular pursuit—to avenge those Athair slew. The shadow leads Aëros through forests of fable and vales of ash with nothing but his bow and a blade to serve him. Though many old comrades insist on aiding him in his quest, the only companion he will put at risk of such a dangerous venture is the one over which he has no sway—the shadow. (Just another tweak. Does this just mean that he won't let anybody come with him, but has no choice on whether the shadow comes? I would just make the language a bit clearer in the beginning of the sentence)
As Aëros draws near to Athair, the shadow’s words begin to evoke memories of an alternate past. One where Athair was victorious, and the world was laid beneath ash. Aëros begins to question his reality, his revenge falling aside as he realizes (finding?) Athair is the key to unlocking the truth. Led now by his curiosity, Aëros must steel himself for what he may find at his journey’s end—and what he will face should the shadow’s words prove true.
Tales of Adventure: The Wayfarer, complete at 76,000 words, is a psychological fantasy novel that explores the philosophical nature of psychosis and existential unease as symptoms of severe post traumatic stress.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Just threw in a few tweaks to clear up the last few slightly murky sentences. But this sounds really awesome. Sold. Completely. Let me know when I can buy it and read it all.