Barb & J.C. live south of Portland, Oregon, and about a hour from the coast. Barb's fiction has appeared in numerous genre magazines and anthologies. JC's poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction have also appeared in many genre publications. Although they have worked together as a writing team from their earliest days, the series/phases and books of the Noble Dead saga are their first novel-length collaborations starting in 2003. Both are ex-academics with masters in English, have worked academia as well as the private sector, and have taught multiple workshops, classes, and seminars related to fiction writing inside and outside of academia.
The Forgotten Lord ("Tales of Misbelief" Collection)by Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee
Elena would do
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Lord Stefan Korbori is trapped inside his own manor, kept there by the curse of an undead sorcerer. In endlessly wandering the same rooms and passages for several years, he has begun sinking into madness. Although abandoned or forgotten by other nobles of his class, he still has the love of his young mistress to anchor him against the darkness.
Elena would do anything to help her lord. When three sages from the Bela Annex of the Guild of Sagecraft pass through her village of Pudúrlatsat, she sees a glint of hope. As scholars, they might have knowledge of sorcery--or rather how to counter it. A plan begins to form out of the past and how her lord first became imprisoned by the curse.
Elena sees one chance for Stefan that even he would never allow--that might not work--if he learned of it.
About "Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga"...
No knowledge of the Noble Dead Saga or related works is necessary to read and enjoy these stories. They are written for fantasy enthusiasts in general and not just our established readership. Readers new to this world can step into it through any of these short works.
Tales are organized into "collections" where all stories therein share a theme and/or premise. When one or more link together, subsequent stories will mention "sequel to..." on their covers to guide you. Even so, each is self-contained enough to be your first adventure into this world.
--Barb & J.C. Hendee
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Really liked this one! It was short but very engaging and interesting. I love when the Tales expand on things that we have seen in the main novels and this one was another like that. I also enjoyed the foray into first person story telling. I think that helped to keep things fresh and interesting.