Muus is only a thrall, a chattel without rights, but he knows the small, blue shard he picked up belongs to him alone.
Kjelle, heir to the Lord of a rich mininghold, is strong, and covetous of his thrall's tantalizing find.
The one's greed causes an avalanche that leaves them marooned on an icy mountain slope. The other's commonsense saves their lives.
Now the antagonists are bound together on a journey to a lost and burning land, where Muus needs to connect the skyshard to the Kalmanir, the standing stone that is the fount of all magic. The Kalmanir's time is almost up and it needs to be recharged before the magic runs out. The two antagonists have to learn to trust each other, for all around them, danger grows. Rebels threaten both the kingdom and Kjelle's holding, and someone is trying to recall the banned Old Gods. Even more imminent is Muus' danger, for it comes from nearby, from the shard itself.
Muus is the only one person in the world who can wield the powerful skyshard. Will he succeed with Kjelle's help to reach the standing stone before the world's magic dies?
Read it all in SHARDFALL, the first book of The Shardheld Saga. Available on Amazon, Smashwords and affiliaties.
For excerpts and content information, go to the author's site at paulhorsman-author.com.
Shardfall, The Shardheld Saga, Book 1
Paul E. Horsman
Editor: Debra Doyle, Ph.D., Dr Doyle's Editorial amd Critique Services
Illustrator: Jos Weijmer, JW Artstudio
Publisher: Red Rune Books (2013)
Published as: print book, e-book
Pages: ca. 144
Price: $9.99 (print), $FREE (e-book)