Morlen spent his boyhood hiding. He’s never flown on an eagle, or fought man-eating ghouls.

Boyhood’s over. The Tale of Eaglefriend begins.


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“A superb fantasy tale!” -Blogger Jason Berry.

“A legendary battle of good vs. evil.” -C.M. Skiera.

“An outstanding read, recommended to all epic fantasy fans.” -Blogger Claire Ayres.

“Morlen is a very likable character and I quickly got pulled into his tale and this world. I could not put this book down and thoroughly recommend that you start reading it immediately!” -Mandy.

“C.L. Murray’s tale of a young man fleeing for his life and running straight into the arms of destiny is a top notch epic fantasy adventure.” -Tracey Maknis (The Qwillery).

In a land of eagle-riding knights, bloodthirsty beasts, and a ruthless tyrant, young Morlen retreats from thousands of snapping jaws with the stolen Goldshard in his grasp. Its power to bestow strength and invincibility is just a panicked whisper away, and he’d feel naked without it while he fights the sinister forces that follow him at every turn.

Fortunately, he gains a few peculiar allies: a legendary warrior reluctant to leave his sheltered paradise, a wizard tormented by his past, and the untamable bird of prey that kings and heroes have sought for centuries.

A Facet for the Gem is a coming of age fantasy that brings Morlen from distant kingdoms to sprawling aerial battles, into the fiery breath of a stony dragon and side-by-side with a lady knight who is the last person to need rescuing. Fly with him as his epic adventures culminate in a final showdown against swords, fangs, and greatest of all: his own fear.


“I loved this story. So richly filled with adventure that I could not put it down.” -Dionne W.

“Positive message with exciting, action packed battles. Fun adventure tale with a focus on believing in one’s capacity to succeed.” -Colin Rich.

“Stop doing everything you were planning and rush to order your copy of this fantastic tale.” -A. Motus.

“A Facet for the Gem is a lovely, all-ages epic fantasy.” -Rebecca Roth.

“Murray’s writing is superb … I had a hard time putting down the book, forcing myself to stay awake just to read the next page.” -Christine D.

“After the first couple of chapters I became totally absorbed in the book and couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommend if you are looking for something new and fresh in the fantasy world.” -Sally Antiri.

“From humble beginnings to ‘Eaglefriend’ this book will captivate you! Murray has so beautifully woven the story of a young boy growing into manhood. This is a book you cannot walk away from. Once started you will devour each page.” -Janine Garner.

“I could not put this book down. Between the strong characters and the beautiful language, the world just came alive. I can’t wait for the next in series!” -Mike S.C.

“What happens when evocative writing and compelling storytelling collide and fuse together?  You get a powerhouse novel like C. L. Murray’s A Facet for the Gem, a tale unfolding in a generously described and developed world.” -Author Eduardo Suastegui.






When a deadly woman from a clan that tortures eagles into submission captures Morlen’s dear companion, Roftome, he embarks on a quest more terrifying than any he has yet undertaken.

Going alone into the Mountains of the Lost, Morlen treks an uncertain path through hostile forces that embody the grimmest legends. Worst of all are the Pyrnaq—wretched, twisted corruptions of the free eagles they once were—and their overwhelming presence is a constant reminder of the terrible fate that he must spare Roftome at all costs.

Despite the absence of their two strongest allies, King Verald and Lady Valeine lead the Eaglemasters on a massive campaign to wipe the Ferotaur Wildlands clean of their ancient enemies. But as they delve deeper into the overrun wasteland, they hear whispers of a watchful evil that their intrusion might soon unleash.

On the opposite corner of the world and threatened on every side, Morlen finds that his only hope is to unite with one of the fierce ghouls he fought in his first adventure. And as the days pass into weeks, and months, he grows more afraid whether the end of his long journey will bring him face to face with the friend he lost, or… with something else.


a-facet-audio-coverAnyone who owns the Kindle book can get the thrilling audiobook for just $7.50! And, if you enjoyed A Facet for the Gem, a review on Amazon and/or Audible is a tremendous help. Many thanks to the award-winning experts at Podium Publishing (King’s Dark Tidings, Dawn of Wonder, The Martian) and to narrator James Foster for his brilliant performance.

“Murray’s vivid descriptions transfer wonderfully to audio. The narrator, James Foster, does a great job bringing this story to life. His tones and inflections raise the story to a different level, rather than being monotonous; especially during the more emotional elements of the story and the battle scenes. Now, let’s hope that the next phase of this story is a live-action movie!” —Book blogger Jason E. Berry

Published at the end of February, 2016, A Facet for the Gem is the debut novel by C. L. Murray, and is the first in his four-part Epic Fantasy series: The Tale of Eaglefriend. It has been featured on ten Amazon Top 100 lists, ranking at #2 in Kindle Teen Epic Fantasy, and at #5 in Kindle Adult Epic Fantasy. Podium Publishing, the award-winning audiobook publisher whose first fiction title was Andy Weir’s The Martian, picked up the audible rights to The Tale of Eaglefriend five months after its debut, and narrator James Foster brings the first installment to life with a stellar performance. 

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