Released April 19, 2019!
A Hero’s Journey Into the Heart of Reality
The Yoga of Strength is the story of Andrew Cardiff, a long-time squire on the cusp of elevation to Knighthood within the Yellow Order of the Kingdom of Thrairn. There is only one issue: he is an abject coward and slave to his baser instincts. Thrust into a world of magic and treachery, Andrew tumbles along a path that threatens devastation at every turn. This unlikely hero must plumb the depths of his soul in search of the courage and strength that have always eluded him. Around him, the world is crumbling. Will Andrew discover his answers at the center of the mystery before it is too late?
Andrew Marc Rowe lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, with his wife and daughter. A lawyer by day, Andrew dreamed of magic and dragons in his youth, and a greater sense of purpose in his later years. Visit his website at andrewmarcrowe.com for stories, including the Tales of Sight short story series set in the world of The Yoga Trilogy, essays, interviews, and more.
Soul medicine for anyone, yogi or not, with a soft spot for knights, wizards, and dragons.
Published by Atmosphere Press
"At its core, the book is an exploration into the true, underlying nature of strength - not raw talent or knowledge, but blood, toil, sweat and perseverance- the things that make heroes what they are not just in a fantasy world but even in real life...
...The plot is never predictable at any point. I know that phrase is overused, but there are several twists in the book are just impossible to foresee...
...The prose in the book is top tier and Andrew's (The author) command of vocabulary is pretty impressive...
...On the whole, this book is a definite "must read" from me."
-Nicholas Hale, author of Apprentice (Will of the Covenant #1) (5 star review)
"Andrew Marc Rowe does a fantastic job - really a brilliant job - of crafting this world that is part Game of Thrones, part Bhagavad Gita and takes you into a quest for enlightenment while also using yogic philosophy and dragons and Greek and Hindu and Roman and Celtic mythological symbols and deities to weave the plot together to expose its teachings and the moral compass that lies within our protagonist."
-Zach Leary, host of the It's All Happening and MAPS podcasts
"The title sounds somewhat like a self help meditation manual... and yet, I can't say it's not apt. There are many moments to make Andrew, and the reader, question the meaning of life and happiness, and of course Strength. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this."
-Author Anna K. Scott (contributor to Three Crows Magazine) (4 star review)
“Normally it takes me forever to finish a book as I normally only read a few pages each night before sleep takes me. Book one of ‘The Yoga Trilogy’ was entirely different. I finished the book in two sittings as I found myself unwilling to stop and go to sleep. Andrew Marc Rowe’s brand of writing held me captive from the opening scene.
For me the dark humour and grotesque was the hook but it was the protagonist, Cardiff, that kept me entranced. The flashes of anger in the beginning! The writing let us see exactly what was going on in Cardiff’s mind and I found it alarming how much it resonated with me and my own demons.
As I continued reading I was impressed at the level of character development in our ‘hero’. I was already invested in the story on a personal level I have never experienced in a novel before. It got to the point that I actually found the book therapeutic to read. As Cardiff was tested and grew, I learned a fair bit about myself.”
-Goodreads / Amazon.ca reviewer Zack Rousseau (5 star review)
“Andrew was a really interesting character to follow. He starts out as a really selfish person, but grows as a person over the course of the book; not only physically but also mentally as well. And he doesn’t grow as the result of just one event, he has to overcome multiple challenges and temptations to grow into the amazing person he becomes at the end of the book. The last time I ever came across such an amazing character growth was Malta Vestrit in Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders. The fact that Andrew is 25 years old when the books starts is another reason why I enjoyed reading the book so much, he makes significant improvements as a person even though he has been selfish for most of his life.”
-Goodreads / Reddit Fantasy reviewer Axel Rantila (5 star review)