B.A. Seloaf is a new fantasy author from Sweden. He has a degree in national economics from the University of Lund. On Hostile Ground is his first novel.
In the land of the Eight (or was it Six?) Kingdoms—where the seasons last as long as a series of bestselling Tolkien-esque novels—trouble is brewing. The mud is growing muddier, the onions are rotting, the Wall to the North (or is it the South?) is melting, and Lord Barker of Summerseve is getting worried. His wife is addicted to Godsweede, his King is too fat to fit into his armor, and the foreshadowing is out of control. All in all, not the position you want to be in when Summer is coming.
From this world of outdoor fornication with horse-people (and indoor fornication with blood relatives) comes an epic story of novella proportions. Amid plots and counterplots, power-hungry warriors and overworked ravens, poor reception and no wireless, the future of the Barkers, their BFFs, and their enemies dangles in the balance, as each strives to survive long enough to appear in at least two of the sequels.
"His teeth might be wooden, but his prose is not."
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products of a rare imagination. They take place in a world which seems at first very like our own, but which by the end of each has altered into something disconcertingly unexpected. A characteristic example: through sheer will power, the narrator rides his exercise bicycle off its stand and into realms he had never dreamt of.
The longer work, One Debatable Day, tells of the humorously narrated quest by Valentinevery much of an Everyman in his virtues and shortcomingsto find out what the particular day of the story should be about. This proves more difficult than he (or the reader) might have thought, since Valentines commitment to simple honesty and his respect for sincerity in relationships are shared by few of the wide range of people he encounters. Not until he has shaken himself free from exaggerated aestheticism, political hypocrisy and self-serving religious formulations does he finally gain insight into what the day should be about, aided by a presumed guardian angel and a movie-buff cavalry horse. His search is fulfilled in extended episodes of original humor, both high and low, playing out against the background of the desire of every human being to understand how each of ones days ought to be lived.
Or they would be, if theyd had any.
A small group of people set out, not to save the world but to take care of whatever inane business they find important. With luck, they might just be scatterbrained enough to end up exactly where theyre needed. By pure accident, of course.
With Scion, B. A. Seloaf has created an absolutely hilarious fantasy-comedy, where sheer stupidity might actually be what saves mankind in the end and where a womans underwear can determine whether shes a queen or a traitor. So lets roll the dice and see who ends up on top.
Brothers In Arms is the second volume in B.A. Seloafs epic fantasy tale about the hippos of Filpini and their age-old fight against the Noori. In this book Seloaf takes the story to a new level, forcing his characters to deal with the conflicting interests of different nations as well as with internal power struggles. Its a compelling tale where the reader is torn between hope and despair, and where the most triumphant moment can turn into utter defeat in the blink of an eye.
Wrath Of The Medallion is the final book in B.A. Seloafs majestic fantasy series about the hippos of Filpini, in which his amazing tale reaches its epic conclusion. The story is fast-paced, with a multitude of events going on in several different places at once. The reader can expect an enchanting journey, where both familiar and new characters struggle to stay alive in the tumultuous times theyre facing, and where nothing is certain until the final word has been said.