Seventeen-year-old Eskandar is the lowest of the low among the crew of the Navy sloop Tipred. As ship’s boy, he runs messages, gets the dirtiest jobs and tries to stay out of his betters’ way. It is a dull but safe life, for the tired old Tipred patrols a shipping lane to nowhere and nothing ever happens to disturb their peace.
None aboard know Eskandar’s big secret. For he is not alone. In his head lives the voice of Teodar, who has guided and guarded him all his life, and who is teaching him magic. Teodar is a mystery; he won’t say who he is or why he is helping him. Eskandar has stopped asking; the voice is his only friend, and that is all that matters to him.
Life goes on placidly – until the sea monsters appear. To save himself and his ship, Eskandar has to use his secret magic and manages to defeat the monsters. Now his enemies know him and his humdrum life becomes a maelstrom of action – fighting monsters, desert robbers and even more fearful enemies.
Will Eskandar’s barely tested powers be enough against an undead necromancer who wants him killed? And what about those mighty wyrms in the sky, are they friend or foe? Follow Eskandar’s adventures as he gathers a strange band of companions in his battle against terrible enemies in The Road to Kalbakar, Book One of Wyrms of Pasandir.
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. Most of his stories are written for Young Adult, though his present series ‘Wyrms of Pasandir’ are aimed at the age of 13+. His tales are a mixture of old-fashioned 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 Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite The Road to Kalbakar: Wyrms of Pasandir by Paul E. Horsman is a young adult fiction novel with fantasy, adventure, and magic. This book will appeal most to an audience made up of primarily young adults who enjoy stories of adventure, fantasy, and magic; though some adults might also enjoy it. The Road to Kalbakar follows Eskandar, a seventeen-year-old messenger boy on a Navy sloop. Eskandar's life is one filled with message running and dirty jobs that provide a rather dull existence, but a safe one. This safety is violently ripped away from young Eskandar when the sloop comes into contact with sea monsters; this event forces Eskandar to reveal his magic and lose his normalcy in order to save not only his own life, but that of the crew as well. The Road to Kalbakar: Wyrms of Pasandir is a well written young adult novel packed full of adventure, magic, and monsters, yet somehow Paul E. Horsman managed to seamlessly combine all of these different factors and aspects into a plot line that really pulled me in. The characters all had their own personalities, even Teodar, the magical teacher voice inside Eskandar’s head. My favorite characters were Eskandar and Teodar. I really liked how the two interacted with each other, even though Teodar’s voice was just in Eskandar’s head. All in all, The Road to Kalbakar: Wyrms of Pasandir by Paul E. Horsman is an amazingly well written young adult book that I hope has a sequel in its future.