Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane

Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane

by Lita Burke

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A charm hidden in a shipping box brings Tredan’s disgraceful past to his door.

Retired Enchanter Tredan and his wife Lanith, magical curio merchants in the seaside town of Isor, have been model citizens for years. But Tredan has harbored a terrible secret. As the victim of a Church-induced spell, he created a journal with spells to enslave the Enchanters’ magical essence to the Church.

Enchanters generate the essence powering everything in Tredan’s world. The Church has long resented the Enchanters’ exclusive control over essence. The head Church magician, His Divine, is determined to acquire Tredan’s journal and take the Enchanters’ power for his own.

With Lanith out on an errand for the morning, Tredan opens the box containing an Enforcer’s compulsion charm. This Church magician will stop at nothing to collect Tredan’s journal for His Divine. The ensnared Tredan must battle the Enforcer’s superior magic and keep the journal safe. Tredan must also find a way, even if he must enlist the help of the dead, to warn an unsuspecting Lanith before she returns home and falls prey to His Divine’s wrath.

(Short Story, 9 pages)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013855816
Publisher: Lita Burke
Publication date: 12/19/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 71 KB

About the Author

Lita Burke is an indie author of fantasy fiction and an avid reader. Lita works a day job and writes her novels early in the morning before the day clutters up her brain.

Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane, is her first indie short story.

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Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MagdaM More than 1 year ago
Tredan and Lanith are Enchanters who live in a small town of Isor and run magical shop. Their lives seem to be pretty ordinary until one day Tredan receives an unexpected visit from Church Enforcer who reminds him about the life he left behind years ago. Lita Burke introduces her readers to a new world of Enchanters, Earth magic and various kinds of Charms. “Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane” is a lovely, imaginative short story that leaves the reader wanting more and reaching for the “Tredan’s Bane” novel to be immersed in this wonderful fantasy word. I would recommend the story to anyone who loves fantasy to fuel your imagination with a new, undiscovered world of fantasy.
DavidRose More than 1 year ago
Clearly, this is only a prequel: the story is extremely abbreviated. However, the *implied* story is so much present between the lines, and so intriguing, that I decided to make it five stars from my rating of 4.5. Burke writes outstandingly well. This introduction to Tredan's Bane contains one of the finest magical combat scenes I have read in some forty years of reading fantasy. Having read the prequel I am left with the impression that Lita Burke has worked out this fantasy world in depth; that she tells a story very well indeed; and that I really want to read the full story! Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book for a honest and objective, non-reciprocal review.
DemelzaCarlton More than 1 year ago
I was looking at buying Tredan's Bane and when I saw a prequel, I figured I'd read that as a taster beforehand. It's a brilliant introduction to Tredan and the trouble his wife finds herself in a the beginning of the novel. Best read before the novel - as it definitely sets the scene for what's to come.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane is a fantasy short story written by Lita Burke. Tredan is a former Enchanter who runs a magical charms shop with his wife, Lanith. He has just received a new supply of charms, along with a warning from the Merchants' Guild that one charm reeks of Church magical essence, something that, as a Magic and Merchant guild member, Tredan can't sell. As Tredan unwraps what he believes to be a Pleasure Charm, he's dismayed to find an Enforcer's Compulsion Charm in his hands. Its message is dire: give up the forbidden journal Tredan wrote when he was an Enchanter. Tredan knows a visit from the Enforcer is due any minute now and feverishly tries to figure out a way to warn his wife of their problem and tell her not to return to the shop. His Divine had enspelled Tredan to forbid him revealing anything about that journal, so Lanith is unaware of its existence and of the danger they are in.  Lita Burke's short story is a beautifully crafted and exciting magical fantasy. I was amazed by how quickly I was drawn into the story. Burke brings a magical world to life with a deft and economic use of words and imagery that is really quite remarkable. It felt like I was watching Tredan carefully unwrapping the charms and fighting for his life against the Enforcer. Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane, is an excellent stand-alone short story, but it has cast quite a spell on this reader, and I'm planning on reading Tredan's Bane to find out what happens next.
JaqDC More than 1 year ago
I love a good bit of magic in a Fantasy novel, and that's the trick: making it GOOD. Lita Burke has accomplished this in setting up a world where magic works by rules that make sense and the hero isn't always the most powerful magician. Wrath is the Prequel to Tredan's Bane, which I've just started reading. It looks very promising and I'm looking forward to continuing the story. Most importantly, I want to know what happens now that I've seen how the Prequel ties in with what I've read so far. Intriguing and original in many points. And there are dragonettes, you can't go wrong with dragonettes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stepped out of usual reading pattern of murder mysteries and into Fantasy. The writing was crisp and easy to follow. Looking forward to Trendan's next step.
zjillian More than 1 year ago
While I'm not an avid reader and the bain of many an English teacher, I do know that you can tell a good read when it immediately pulls you into the story and you find yourself half way through it before you realize what’s happened. This is a fast paced, entertaining and magical world. Well done!
blsmith14 More than 1 year ago
Wrath creates a recipe for disaster for the Enchanters, one ingredient at a time, if a secret journal containing magic spells is located and falls into the wrong hands. It brings the reader to a fantasy world of spells and enchantments where doors are locked by protective charms and marriage rings carry an essence of spells that identify its partners. One of the main characters, Tredan, is overcome by a magical charm spell shipped to his store in a box! The charm has been wrapped with velvet and tied with silk cord. Both of which sound beautiful and elegant and make you want more. This compulsion charm would bewitch Tredan, and try to force him to surrender his secret journal filled with new and powerful magic spells. Wrath has a mysterious, magic filled, creative and intriguing storyline. I found myself immediately drawn to the relationships between the characters and wanting to escape into this fantasy world. The air quickly thickens as Tredan’s Bane unfolds. Wrath is a fantasy inspiring both originality and creative plot.
K-T-Bowes More than 1 year ago
Wrath is enough of a hook to make you buy the first in the series, entitled Tredan’s Bane. It sets the scene as a man is taken prisoner in a hideously violent kidnap. It gives you an insight into Tredan and what his Bane actually is and it offers another viewpoint before the action begins in the first novel. It is well worth reading and is enough to make you go on and grab the series. 
Splatland More than 1 year ago
In Wrath, Lita Burke immerses the reader in a seductive world, full of magic, ghosts and enchantment. The story, a prequel to her greater work, Tredan's Bane (which I am in the midst of reading now), centers around Tredan, a former enchanter, who leads an ordinary life running a magical shop with his wife, Lanith. But all is not what it seems with Tredan as the reader will soon find out. The arrival of what appears to be a benign package, containing what looks like an ordinary charm, catapults the reader into a dark world, full of peril and evildoers. Ms. Burke's writing is, like her subject, magical. I found myself easily drawn into this alien world and, at the end of this short read, rushed to purchase the greater novel, Tredan's Bane. Wrath sets the stage for Tredan's Bane perfectly and I give it my highest recommendation for those who wish to be, for a short time, transported to a captivating, sensual world of magic!
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