Tomb of Horrorsby Keith Francis Strohm
In exchange for a hefty purse, the two friends agree to accompany a band of patriots into a tomb haunted by fear and legend. They soon find the mission growing beyond their control.
Kaerion Whitehart was once a mighty paladin, but sins of the past have cast him far from the light. Together with an elf mercenary, he now survives by the might of his sword alone.
In exchange for a hefty purse, the two friends agree to accompany a band of patriots into a tomb haunted by fear and legend. They soon find the mission growing beyond their control. As warring factions vie for the ultimate prize of a long-dead wizard, Kaerion finds himself caught between death and redemption.
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I would like to try this title out on my Nook read-in-store before purchasing but it isn't available. It doesn't show up on my Nook at all. I'm not sure how I would buy even if I wanted to. I wouldn't trust it to just appear if I purchased through the web since it doesn't show in my Nook Shop. Most new Wizards of the Coast titles are this way now. I'm not sure what is going on. Tech support hasn't been able to help at all.
This is a fantastic read! I return to it time and again for a return to the brighter side of mankind in the midst of the chaos of those who seek selfless goals. There are friends who help lead our hero in the right direction even when he does not know what the right direction is. This book will remain on my bookshelf.
It is not often that a writer in the fantasy genre shows the potential to touch people with interests that don't intersect the world of Faerie. Rather than revelling in fantasy for the purpose of escaping the reality of self, Keith mines the darker aspects of human spirituality in order to drive this story of redemption and spirit. I'm not going to tell you the story, because Mr. Strohm has done that far better than many writers can do. The point is that redemption often is not so much returning to the power that renews you, but often times realizing that it never really left. Not since C.S. Lewis has a writer so completely turned the straw of fantasy and magic of spirituality and transformed them into Gold. This is definitely a darker read than much of Lewis' repertoire, but Mr. Strohm may well take his stand next to Lewis in time.