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A Bard Act To Follow
Michael A. Ventrella


Our Price: 5.99 USD

ISBN-10: 1-77115-338-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-771153-38-6
Genre:  Fantasy/SF/Humor/Speculative
eBook Length:  240  Pages
Published:  October 2016





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From Inside the Flap

Michael Ventrella's Fortannis setting has produced a lot of fine fantasy fiction, and the fourth collection maintains a high level of quality throughout.

Some of the stories are simply amusing ("Curso and the Wizard's Apprentice"), some tragic ("The Consistency of Small Minds"), and others heartwarming ("The Mutiny of Broken Things" and Ventrella's own "Remembering the Future"). Our protagonists range from courageous knights and cynical adventurers to an absolutely chilling, self-justifying sociopath. Taken together, they give us a picture of a living, immense world which can cover the span of human (and biata, dwarf, elf, ogre, and goblin…) endeavor and passion.

A Bard Act to Follow does not merely continue the fine tradition of Fortannis; it elevates the written world to the next level, and indeed, as the title plays upon, will be a hard act to follow!

- Ryk Spoor, author of the Balanced Sword trilogy



Reviews
A Bard Act to Follow does not merely continue the fine tradition of Fortannis; it elevates the written world to the next level, and indeed, as the title plays upon, will be a hard act to follow!

- Ryk Spoor, author of the Balanced Sword trilogy



Excerpt


Introduction

Welcome to Fortannis-a place where adventure waits to waylay you around every corner.

It's a land where humans mingle with stubborn dwarves, mysterious elves, and feathered biata against shape-shifting gryphons, necromantic zombies, and silly goblins. It's a land where things are never as they seem; where good and evil are not always clear-cut, and where the strong do not always prevail.

In Fortannis, one can learn magic by summoning the power of the flow of order in the world, to tie yourself to the living cycle of all around you. Or, if your inclinations are darker, you can be tempted by the flow of chaos and entropy, which allows you to create undead abominations and cast substantially more powerful spells (in exchange for the corruption of your soul). Hey, the choice is yours.

This is the fourth collection of stories which take place in the world of Fortannis. Some of these stories feature characters introduced in the first three collections, but you don't have to read the earlier ones to enjoy these stories (although why don't you do that, anyway? We'll wait here while you order them). There are grand adventures, humorous contrivances, and strong morality tales. You'll meet clever con artists, suspicious spies, and pompous nobles. There are unexpected twists and turns and danger lurking on every page.

Happy reading!


Table of Contents

Remembering the Future - Michael A. Ventrella

The Consistency of Small Minds - Bernie Mojzes

Garg the Good Dominic - Bowers-Mason

Thieves Among Honor - Mark Mensch

A Poet's Heart - Derek Beebe

The Mutiny of Broken Things - Beth W. Patterson

The Arrangement Henry "The Mad" Hart

A Charming Encounter - Tera Fulbright

Something Happened on Old Troll Bridge - Jon Cory

Chatter - Shane Porteous

Curso and the Wizard's Apprentice - Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods

Shapes of Destiny - Laurel Anne Hill

The Curse of the Dwarven Necromancer - Tom Haswell

Another Round for the Table - Mike Strauss