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Title: The Eye and the Arm
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: AngstyG
After defeating Meglar at Belsport, Farrell returns to Haven to recover from his injuries, but Khron, the god of war, has other ideas. He gives Farrell a new mission: free the survivors of the ancient dwarf realm of Trellham from their three-thousand-year banishment. To fulfill Khron’s near impossible task, Farrell will need the help of his distance ancestor, the legendary wizard Kel. But Kel has been dead for a thousand years.
Farrell finds information hinting that Kel is alive, so he moves his search to Dumbarten, Kel’s birthplace. To reach Dumbarten unannounced, Farrell and Miceral disguise themselves as mercenaries on board a merchant vessel. Their journey is disrupted when pirates attack their ship. While attempting to subdue the attack, Farrell is struck down by one of Meglar’s minions.
Unconscious and trapped in his own mind, Farrell’s only chance for survival rests with Miceral and the peregrine king Rothdin entering his thoughts and helping him sort fact from illusion. To reach Farrell, they will need to rely on an untested spell from one of Kel’s spellbooks. If they succeed, Miceral can guide Farrell home safely. If not, Farrell will destroy not only himself, but Miceral, Rothdin, and everyone around him.
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Key in hand, they ascended the switchback stairs toward the fourth floor. Farrell stopped at the landing on the third floor. “Keep going, Ral. Someone is following quietly behind us. I’m going to see who it is.”
“Be careful and let me know what’s happening.”
“Of course. I’ll need you to help me question Leo when I catch him in the act.”
“Leo? How do you know who it is?”
Farrell moved a few steps into the third-floor hallway and engaged a spell. He magically added the sound of a second set of boots as Miceral continued up the stairs. “Call it a hunch.”
Moments later, Leo appeared, barely making a sound. Farrell silenced his real footsteps, then fell in behind the man. “It’s Leo. Head to the room, but be ready to come out when I say to.”
“Are you sure you’ll be safe?”
Leo paused and appeared to listen. He gave no indication he sensed Farrell’s presence. Instead, he looked right and then left, glancing directly at Farrell before he walked up the last flight.
“Positive. The man’s not a wizard.” Farrell heard a door open and shut before he crept up to the fourth-floor landing. Leo stood a few feet ahead of him, peering down the hall at room eight. “He’s standing in the hallway, looking at our door. Let me get behind him, then come out when I tell you.”
“Agreed. Just be careful.”
Leo inched closer to their door, seeming to listen intently. Farrell stepped into the hallway, closing the distance between him and their stalker.
He heard Miceral stomp to the door and turn the knob. As he expected, Leo quickly turned and made for the stairs. Farrell released his spell and created a shield around himself that touched both sides of the hall. Looking startled, Leo’s hand went to his weapon.
“Any reason you’re spying on us?” Farrell tapped his staff on the floor, and a pale blue nimbus erupted from the tip and outlined his shield.
“Who’s spying on whom, Master Kelvin? Any reason you silently made your way behind me with your shield raised?”
“I’m asking the questions.” He let the blue light pulse a bit brighter. “You can willingly answer them, or I can make you.”
Leo stared at him, but Farrell didn’t flinch.
“It wasn’t wise to follow after us like that, sir.” Miceral stood behind the man, sword in his left hand. “Silently walking up the stairs, listening and looking about as you went, made plain your intentions.”
Farrell noted a hint of fear as the man tensed. “A Muchari and a wizard are a conspicuous couple. One might wonder if you are really Elgin and Kelvin and not some other famous friends of the prince.”
While not prepared for Leo to have made the connection, Farrell kept his stoic expression. “One might wonder if we were Khron and Falcron, but it doesn’t answer my question. This is the last time I will ask you to explain yourself.”
Leo stared hard at him, as if trying to judge his resolve. When his shoulders drooped just a bit, Farrell knew he understood the situation. Leo turned to face Miceral. “One does not forget the face of the greatest warrior our race has produced. Especially not when you were present to see him best someone as renowned as Master Baylec.”
“Great balls of Neldin.” Miceral slid his sword back into its sheath. “Leothan. It’s been almost fifty years since I’ve seen you.”
About the Author:
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon
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