Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future – until a terrible fire destroyed her parents and their business. Now the 15-year-old orphan follows the wyrmcaller, using her mercantile genius to sell his honestly gained loot and finance his battle against pirates and jinn.
When Wyrmcaller Eskandar leaves for the north, she gets the chance to branch out. A large cargo of confiscated foreign goodies brings in much more gold than she had expected, and with that money she opens her first trade center.
Armed with her inborn stubbornness and her fire-hardened will to become a powerful trader, she dives into the business world of the Weal Nations; battling scheming financiers and protecting the rights of the people she employs.
Aided by Nate, the only true love in her life, she fights her enemies on land and at sea, conquering pirate vessels, islands and important companies on her way to become a rich and powerful High Merchant.
About the Author
Paul E. Horsman is a Dutch and international Fantasy author. Born in Bussum, a quiet little suburbal village in the Netherlands (1952), he now lives in Roosendaal, a town near the Belgian border. After finishing school and doing a stint in the army in tropical Surinam, he served for thirty years as a Scoutmaster. Professionally, he earned his bread in various business capacities. From 1995 to 2012 he was an instructor at a large educational institution - where he explained to foreigners the wonders of the Dutch language and customs - until Governmental budget cuts terminated both the school and his job. Since then is Horsman a full-time fantasy author. His first three Dutch books have been trade published in The Netherlands by Zilverspoor. His English books and later Dutch books are self-published under the Red Rune Books label and appear at Amazon and many major on-line bookstores, both in print and e-book. His tales are a mixture of high fantasy, mythology and steampunk, and are characterized by their positive mood. Equality and friendship, courage and determination, humor and growth form some of the colors with which Horsman paints his stories. His worlds and their peoples are diverse and full of adventure. And behind it all there is always that dusty scent of old death so characteristic of dungeons, and the smell of dragons, kobolds or other denizens of other worlds. You can visit him at his website: www.paulhorsman-author.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite Building a Trade Empire: Wyrms of Pasandir #4 is a fantasy tale by Paul E. Horsman. Eskandar the wyrmcaller has headed north to hunt down his enemies. With Eskander’s blessing, Purser Shaw and her business partner, Nate, return to Seatome to start a trading company that will fund the wyrmcaller’s ‘children’s army’. With the gold found in Smalkand and loot from their battles against pirates, Shaw secures a warehouse in Seatome, hires staff, and officially opens the Pasandir Trading Company. With a vast supply of capital behind her, the goodwill of the Weal, and her sharp business skills, Shaw is set to realise her dream of running a trade empire. However, Shaw’s endeavour is not without danger. Pirates still roam the seas, and Shaw’s rapid expansion earns her enemies as well as friends. Building a Trade Empire focuses on business and trade, and while these do come with some level of danger, it’s not the usual series of battles and challenges one encounters in the traditional fantasy story. This on its own distinguishes Building a Trade Empire, but the effortless, seamless inclusion of steampunk elements in the world building ensures that this book is unforgettable. Shaw stomps on the clichés surrounding female lead characters. She’s a firm but generous leader, and although her vision difficulties pose a unique challenge, she’s never the damsel in distress. While Shaw is a little insecure about her appearance, in general she’s a clever, capable character who I found both endearing and admirable. There were occasions where I felt success came a little too easily in the story and I would’ve liked to see the characters face more critical challenges. Building a Trade Empire is an engrossing and highly enjoyable adventure nonetheless, and although it is the fourth instalment of Horsman’s Wyrms of Pasandir series, it can be read as a stand-alone.