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Stories that range from reports of other Earths where history has taken a different, darker turn to the humorous mix-ups that occur when realities collide.
Arlian had never left his home village in the Obsidian Mountains. The green hills, white peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known of life, and though he dreamed of travel and adventure, he knew deep in his heart that he would probably never leave.<P> Until the dragon weather came. Incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark and angry clouds . . . and dragons. Dragons with no feelings, no empathy, no use for humans; dragons who destroyed his entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except Arlian.<P> Orphaned and alone, Arlian the child is captured by looters and sold as a mining slave. Seven years later Arlian the man escapes, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers that took his youth away--and a personal vow to exact retribution from those who have wronged him.<P> As Arlian makes his way through life, he is obsessed with the concept of justice, and that obsession informs every task, every decision. Even Black, the man he befriends and grows to love as a brother, has little influence against Arlian's obsession. His entire life has one purpose, and one purpose only: to mete out justice. <P> But can one righteous man change the entire world for the better? Or is he doomed by his own actions to become as unjust as those he seeks to destroy?
This is the 8th book in the Legends of Ethshar series. It takes place during the time of the sixth novel but is completely independent of that book. It can be read by itself. Kilisha, apprentice to a wizard, is out running errands. Upon her return, she finds that apparently a spell went wrong and the life force of the wizard is scattered through all the furniture. Somehow the furniture is animated and escapes. Most of the novel is spent finding the furniture and confining it. The first few chapters are very funny but eventually the plot slows down and is sometimes very repetitive. While this isn't the best fantasy out there, it isn't bad and gives the reader an idea of the Ethshar series. You can read more about the background at http://www.ethshar.com/ From the book: Kilisha came in sight of the shop and noticed that the drapes were still drawn. The door was open. Wide open. She stopped dead in her tracks. Something was wrong here. Something was very wrong. Ithanalin was crouching on the floor just a few feet inside the door, as if in the process of rising from a sitting position. But he was not moving. He was utterly, perfectly still, his face frozen in a beard-bristling expression of severe annoyance. Kilisha stared at him for a moment. "Master?" Kilisha said. Ithanalin didn't respond. She stepped closer and, very carefully, reached out and touched the immobile wizard. He was still warm, but he didn't react, didn't move. His skin felt lifeless and inert, like sun-warmed leather rather than living flesh. She stared wildly around the room. "Master, what happened?" she wailed. What is an aspiring apprentice wizard to do when she finds her mentor and master frozen in his tracks by mysterious magics?
Evans writes another fast-paced, stand alone fantasy adventure about a sword whose spell is decidedly not quite what it should be.
When a theif attempts a spell she saw being performed to create a magical dagger she discovers magic can be extremely dangerous.
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