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LEGENDS OF PERG

Baris Mustecaplioglu, who lives in Turkey, a country where the eastern and the western cultures interconnect, has used together various world cultures and brought lords and khans, mystics and sorcerers, and emirs and presidents of federations together in the same fantastic setting while designing the characters, cultures and the lifestyles of the races he created. From architecture to clothing, this enriched atmosphere can be perceived in many details related to the land of Perg. Original spells and magical items, dozens of animal and plant species that come anew in each book of the series add to the vividness of this marvelous land.

In Perg, which consists largely of islands, maritime trade and mining form the basis of economy. Pirates, carnivorous sea animals, and storms have almost always terrorized the sailors. In the different countries of Perg, ships of various sizes and speed are built, and an inexorable competition has been going on. There are countries dominated by pirates and bandits as well as countries where many merchants are found.

The books discuss that different races or beliefs are not superior to each other as far as good or evil is concerned. The idea that the existence of a war does not necessarily mean that one of both sides is entirely guilty and that both sides consist of good people as well as bad ones is supported throughout the story. The importance of being unprejudiced toward the ‘different' is the common theme of all four books. The reason that the bad prefer to act in evil ways is explained in the course of the events. The way the decisions of the rulers affect the lives of ordinary folk is told in the parts of the main story. While our heroes strive to do the right things, they also struggle against the emotional difficulties within their inner selves.

Legends of Perg will be published also in Bulgaria by Arka Publishing House in 2009

 

LEGENDS OF PERG BOOKS

THE COWARD AND THE BEAST
(Available in English)
THE SECRET OF MERDERAN

SWAMP LAND
THE ALPHABET OF GODS

LEGENDS OF PERG DRAWINGS by ERTAÇ ALTINOZ

THE COWARD AND THE BEAST
(Available in English)
THE COWARD AND THE BEAST
(Available in English)
THE SECRET OF MERDERAN

SWAMP LAND
THE ALPHABET OF GODS

LEGENDS OF PERG DRAWINGS by ENGIN DENIZ ERBAS

Leofold
The Proms
The Gerfs
Erkolen

 

COMMENTS

Baris Mustecaplioglu's unique way of interconnecting spells, people and events with the symbols referred to in the subtexts is more apparent in this book. First, innocence dressed as a child who stops a savage god with a kiss, then the secret buried under the Statue of Merderan, and now the mysteries of the Land of Fuoli conceal deeper meanings than just being adventures that aim to entertain the reader.

Yigit Deger Bengi, Radikal Kitap

The Legends of Perg, whose third book in series was recently published, both deserves a place next to the masterpieces of fantastic literature and also paves the way for new writers who wish to write in this genre.

Bulent Somay, Radikal Kitap

All through the novel which includes magic, spells, curses and innumerable interesting creatures, many concepts that are not mentioned or nullified in our modern day play an important role. The fact that it is only the child-like God of Innocence has the power to overcome Tshermon who terrorizes the entire Land of Perg and that the attribute of divinity can be earned not by power itself like it is always believed but by wisdom can be counted as such.

Sema Uludag, Milliyet

Although the tradition of fantastic literature of the 20th century has recently been named as a literary genre, the Legends of Perg is a series that gathers the fantastic cultural tradition of our land of tales, which has enchanted us since we were in the cradle: Young and brave burfen men who wear short embroidered jackets, rulers who live in their castles of glass, godtowers embellished with majolica, and four masterpieces that elevate the power of what is called local to the world standards.

Ciler İlhan, Time-Out Istanbul

The most exciting components of the story are the creatures created with black magic. In the Coward and the Monster, which we read as the first book of the Legends of Perg series consisting of four books, we also get to know positive characters such as Leofold, Guorin and Geryan. However, the author has not empowered them with fully good characteristics. Thus, these characters, who have both weaknesses and strengths, who go through pain and sorrow, who feel the pricks of conscience and vengeance, discover the depths of their own selves as they move forward in the story. In that case, we can define The Coward and the Monster as a Bildungsroman (formation novel)...

Omer Turkes, Virgul

The Legends of Perg is much better than many stories presented under ostentatious covers with fancy, embossed dragons.

Dogu Yucel, the scriptwriter of the fantastic film titled "Okul/The School"

 
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