Key to the City

Key to the City


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On the war-torn continent of Karnaltan, in the great metropolis of Valek City, the wise and powerful wizard Gartrist has been killed and a mysterious key he possessed stolen.

Six strangers are brought together to avenge the murder of their mutual friend: Denvil, a young kobold wizard who was once Gartrist's apprentice; Hurok, a gentle orc Healer; Black Flower Melody, an exotic warrior with strange powers of mind and body; Querial, a centuries-old elf archer; Slang, a proud and mighty reptilian savage; and Zorf, a battered, dispirited trog mercenary.

Through the streets and slums of Valek City, these six heroes must unite and draw upon all their strength, skill, courage, and determination to avenge their friend's death and retrieve the key before it falls into the wrong hands. But will that be enough? And if it is, can they survive what happens when they find that they themselves have become the hunted?

Key to the City is the first book in the Dark Circle series. It includes a discussion guide for book clubs and panels at SciFiFantasy Cons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946469458
Publisher: Portals Publishing
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1963 but raised in Connecticut, Graeme Smith is a marine biologist with a doctorate from Rutgers who became addicted to fantasy, science-fiction, and spy novels in high school. Inspired by the pulp adventure stories of Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and countless fantasy role-playing games but bored with many of the conventions of the genre, he decided to try his hand at writing fantasy with heroic yet flawed characters that the reader could relate to. Key to the City is his first novel, and in it he attempts to create a believable fantasy world, populated by humans and nonhumans who are more than just standard, stock characters. He presently makes his home in Orlando, Florida with his wife and four cats.

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