Exile: Galthain’s Bones + The Wager
From the Exile series comes Galthain’s Bones, with a bonus story, The Wager:
A seeress sends thirteen-year-old Bjorn Horsa across the desert to retrieve a mummy’s bones from the ruined Dracaenan city of Deathwater. Buried with the mummy is a treasure: a map and a journal that point the way to the forgotten kingdom of Astarkand.
Along the way, Bjorn and his men must battle bandits, slavers, snakes, and a terrible storm. Join Bjorn on his quest as he makes allies, receives unexpected aid and encounters hidden treachery.
(Bonus Story) Pranks escalate during the annual horse fair when Bjorn tries to convince his older brothers to play war games with him.
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MORE about the story
I had a lot of fun writing Galthain’s Bones. I hope you have at least as much fun reading it.
Welcome, brave readers! You’ve come to the right place for tales of adventure, derring-do, and mayhem; old manuscripts, mummies and princes, bright visions, glorious battles, sibling rivalry, conniving thains…did I mention the fanged deer? Oh good! I did…
Unfortunately…there are no fanged deer in Galthain’s Bones, the first book in the Exile series, but there are snakes! Far too many snakes, in fact, plus a few odd bandits and a slaver or two… Desperate battles, mad dashes across the desert, rescuing maidens in distress, an abandoned library, the odd squawking chicken–if you like that sort of thing–then THIS book is for you.
Unlike my other books, the events in Galthain’s Bones occur during Bjorn’s childhood.
My favorite character in this book? Ser Anafi! Bless his sneaky, greedy, conflicted and treacherous old hide… He makes this story so worth telling! Hah…I hope you like him too.
Stay tuned…sooner or later in this series, those crazy fanged deer are sure to turn up! Maybe even in the next volume? We can both hope…
I suppose I ought to also say a word or two about The Wager, a (relatively) short story that I included in this volume because it fit chronologically. In The Wager, I develop the relationships between Bjorn and his brothers, and show what happens when Sir Kyle leaves him at loose ends (Bjorn finds TROUBLE!).
I look forward to hearing your reactions to his antics.
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