In a world ruled by eleven great wizards, two orphans dream of becoming warriors.
Jason is raised as a warrior’s apprentice. He feels his master is holding him back, and when he hears news of a murder committed by a great wizard, he prepares for his coming glory.
Kale is raised by his uncle, tutored on occasion by a wandering swordsman. A standing void blights the earth close to his village, remnant of an ancient enemy. Kale dreams of using the Masamune, an ancient sword, to repel enemies from the void.
When raiders attack Kale’s village, when war erupts between the great wizards, Kale and Jason will find out if the life of a warrior matches their dreams.
Every Saturday I’ll post a book passage, fiction or nonfiction. Let’s get started:
I was beginning to find that a lot of my positions clashed. The habits of liberals, their automatic language, their knee-jerk responses to certain issues, deserved the epithets the right wing stuck them with. I’d see how true they often were. Here they were, banding together in packs, so that I could predict what they were going to say about some event or conflict and it wasn’t even out of their mouths yet. I was very uncomfortable with that. Liberal orthodoxy was as repugnant to me as conservative orthodoxy.
– George Carlin, Last Words
Found this while going through old emails. I’d intended to double-major in German and French, but ended up not continuing with German, even though I thought it was easier to speak than French.
I’ve listened to this three times now and don’t know what the hell I’m saying. Let’s hope you real German speakers out there don’t have the same problem…
Poor boy. Coming into Hell, to challenge the Unburnt.
The knights of Madri seek death in battle, wandering the countryside, fighting injustice in a rapidly modernizing world. When the legendary knight, Ganton the Unburnt, joins the trans-oceanic slave trade, Tyrsan decides to stop him. A young knight eager to prove himself, Tyrsan faces a worldwide cabal of slavers, corrupt officials and Ganton, the greatest warrior in the world gone mad.
Author Ray Hecht has interviewed me over on his blog, where I reveal the inspiration behind my new book: odd messages posted all over a small Chinese town:
But once I noticed one message, I noticed all of them; they were all over the place, mysterious, perhaps sinister. And not all these messages were new. Some were barely readable while others looked like they’d been posted yesterday. Someone had been doing this for years. Why?
and in addition to that, we also discuss my life in China and my new book, The Pale Ancient & the House of Mirrors. Read the rest here!