About the Author

Rod Van Blake was born in Rochester, NY, and spent most of his childhood in Chicago after living in Philadelphia, and Arlington, VA. After playing a few years of college basketball at a small university in Minnesota, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Several years later, after being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, he went on to finish his degree earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. Now settled in Baltimore, MD and the quest to build more worlds for you to explore continues!

The first Ancient Illumination novel was published in 2016, Ancient Illumination II: Kuongoza Mwanga followed in 2018, and now living in Baltimore MD. Ancient Illumination III: Godhood was published in 2020 as was the first volume of Ancient Illumination graphic novel: Remembrance and Revolt illustrated by Jordan Purnell Jackson. The successful funding of the Kickstarter gave them enough momentum to produce and publish Ancient Illumination volume II: A Quest for Truth and Redemption in 2021. Around the same time the fantasy debut was unveiled, Nyumbani Chronicles: the Return Home is now available for readers who would rather return to Mordor or Kings Landing than go to a galaxy far far away. The best is yet to come!


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