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 second collection of stories which take place in the world of Fortannis (which also happens to be the world in which my two novels take place-what a coincidence!). I am very proud of the stories collected here. 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.
"Magic. Knights. Werewolves. Doppelgangers. Elves. There's no telling what will pop up in Michael A. Ventrella's Fortannis fantasy series when he invites other writers to play in his sandbox. No need to wait for any 'extended editions.' These stories are good to go now."
- Daniel M. Kimmel, author of the Hugo-nominated "Jar Jar Binks Must
Die" and "Shh! It's a Secret".
"A very fun anthology of tales in a world both expected and very different indeed!
In 'A Bard in the Hand', Michael Ventrella and others revisit the world of Fortannis and emerge with tales to astound, amuse, and bemuse; here is sword-and-sorcery to stand well next to that of Leiber and Moorcock, and ordinary people swept up into events far larger than they which can still be addressed with some common sense and cleverness. A young woman makes a choice, and faces the consequences of choice and the price of learning, while another duels in darkness for the soul of a child, and an old man recounts an adventure of his youth that kindles a spark in those who listen. A fun book, well worth reading!"
-- Ryk Spoor, author of "Phoenix Rising" and "Grand Central Arena"
"Curl up in your favorite chair with your favorite beverage and get ready for adventure, action and derring-do-it's all here!"
Gail Z Martin, author of Ice Forged
|Publisher:||Double Dragon Publishing|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)|