ROAR: A Wardstone Short Story

M R Mathias
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 A fantasy Short Story about a gambling Seawardsman named Loudin, and the Lion Lord of Westland. These events happened a handfull of years before The Wardstone Trilogy begins. Both characters are in The Sword & the Dragon, which was deemed a Top 10 indie release of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic. The final installment of the trilogy: The Wizard & the Warlord, was just released last summer.
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About the author

 M. R. Mathias is the author of the huge, International best selling epic: 

The Wardstone Trilogy
Book One - The Sword and the Dragon 
Book Two - Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools 
Book Three - The Wizard & the Warlord

As well as:
#1 Best selling, The Dragoneer Saga: 
Free Dragoneer intro novella - The First Dragoneer 
Dragoneer Saga Book One - The Royal Dragoneers
Dragoneer Saga Book Two - Cold Hearted Son of a Witch
Dragoneer Saga Book Three - The Confliction
Dragoneer Saga Book Four - The Emerald Rider
Dragoneer Saga Book Five - Rise of the Dragon King 
Dragoneer Saga Book Six - Blood and Royalty 

#1 Bestselling The Legend of Vanx Malic, a fantasy adventure series.
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book One - Through the Wildwood 
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Two - Dragon Isle 
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Three - Saint Elm's Deep 
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Four - That Frigid Fargin' Witch 
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Five - Trigon Daze (Due Summer 2015)

#1 Best selling, The Crimzon & Clover Short Short Series
Crimzon & Clover I - Orphaned Dragon, Lucky Girl 
Crimzon & Clover II - The Tricky Wizard
Crimzon & Clover III - The Grog 
Crimzon & Clover IV - The Wrath of Crimzon 
Crimzon & Clover V - Killer of Giants 
Crimzon & Clover VI - One Bad Bitch 
Crimzon & Clover VII - The Fortune's Fortune 

M.R. Mathias rose from unknown to award-winning, best-selling author at a pace most authors can only dream about. He is a prolific writer of epic fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Despite his busy writing, publishing, and promotional schedule Mathias continues to aid his fellow indie authors by posting about their books at Twitter and Facebook etc.

He shared his considerable knowledge of self-promotion in publishing The First Ten Steps. The book has become an important indie guide for navigating the often murky waters of using social media sites to get your eBook in front of avid readers.

Mathias has taken cross promotion to a new level in his "Indie Kindy" giveaways where he gives away a FREE Kindle Touch and or Kindle Fire loaded with independently published books. These events create a great deal of interest for the authors involved and to independently published books as a whole.

It is a pleasure working with M.R. Mathias and watching his amazing run at the top of the Amazon best seller lists.
William R. Potter
Indie author
Founder of the Independent Author Network
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Publisher
M R Mathias
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Published on
Jun 8, 2012
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Pages
45
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ISBN
9781476421834
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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 What do a rogue bard, a shape-shifting princess, a lesbian barbarian, and a dog-riding elf have in common? Start reading to find out! To Kill a Witch, is the first four complete volumes of the ten book, award winning, The Legend of Vanx Malic series together in one anthology. This collection won the 2017 American Book Fest Award for Fantasy, and was also a 2016 Kindle Book Award Semifinalist. The series received so much attention that the great Larry Elmore, the artist who painted almost every Dungeons and Dragons image you've ever seen, offered the cover for book ten, which went on to win a 2017 Reader's Favorite Award.Contains:

Book One - Through the Wildwood
A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke's mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the duke and his men is if they can somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from before...

Book Two - Dragon Isle
Vanx, Trevin, and Darbon, along with Prince Russet and the crew of the Sea Hawk, sail to Vanx's homeland to find an old friend who just might know the wyrm lore needed to make their quest to Dragon Isle seem survivable. 

Meanwhile Coll and Duke Martin have set their shadowy schemes in motion in Dyntalla where Quazar is keeping the princess from death with all he has. 

What will King Oakarm do about Duke Martin's treachery when he arrives? Will Matty the one-handed whore get her wish? Can two High Wizards of the Royal Order hold off the ogres, and the even darker thing that is seeking the Bloodstone? And what will happen on Dragon Isle, where our hero and his friends have become little more than prey under the revealing light of Aur's Moon. 

Bonus Novella - Foxwise
Deep in the Lurr Forest, there is a valley called Saint Elm's Deep. This secret valley remains in a perpetual state of spring and hosts the thousands of fae who live there. The Heart Tree's magic sustains the boundaries that protect them all and their lush forest, but the Hoar Witch has poisoned its roots. 

Queen Corydalis needs a certain shard to cast a beckoning so that the Emerald-eyed Champion of lore might come and save them all, for he is the only one who can end the Hoar Witch. If they hope to save the Heart Tree, that deed must be done. 

Join Thorn, Bristle and Barb, the Pixie Queen's fiercest, smartest and most loyal elves as they take a thrilling journey out of their protected world into true Overland, where danger hides around every corner and everything they have ever loved is at stake.

Book Three - Saint Elm's Deep
After finding a map on a grueling hunt, Vanx and his new companions decide to travel deep into the Bitterpeaks, where a fabled hoar witch's crystal palace supposedly sits hidden in a valley called Saint Elm's Deep. 

The story deepens, as we delve into Vanx's past and the future of as unlikely a group of heroes as you will ever find. Action and adventure, drama and thrills, and a barrel keg full of fantasy adventure await readers in Saint Elm's Deep, the third installment of The Legend of Vanx Malic. 

Book Four - That Frigid Fargin' Witch
The hoar witch and her forest full of malformed creatures await Vanx and his curious group of companions as they try to save the fairy folk and their magical Heart Tree from the powerful old crone and her evil.
 What do a rogue bard, a shape-shifting princess, a lesbian barbarian, and a dog-riding elf have in common? Start reading to find out! To Kill a Witch, is the first four complete volumes of the ten book, award winning, The Legend of Vanx Malic series together in one anthology. This collection won the 2017 American Book Fest Award for Fantasy, and was also a 2016 Kindle Book Award Semifinalist. The series received so much attention that the great Larry Elmore, the artist who painted almost every Dungeons and Dragons image you've ever seen, offered the cover for book ten, which went on to win a 2017 Reader's Favorite Award.Contains:

Book One - Through the Wildwood
A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke's mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the duke and his men is if they can somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from before...

Book Two - Dragon Isle
Vanx, Trevin, and Darbon, along with Prince Russet and the crew of the Sea Hawk, sail to Vanx's homeland to find an old friend who just might know the wyrm lore needed to make their quest to Dragon Isle seem survivable. 

Meanwhile Coll and Duke Martin have set their shadowy schemes in motion in Dyntalla where Quazar is keeping the princess from death with all he has. 

What will King Oakarm do about Duke Martin's treachery when he arrives? Will Matty the one-handed whore get her wish? Can two High Wizards of the Royal Order hold off the ogres, and the even darker thing that is seeking the Bloodstone? And what will happen on Dragon Isle, where our hero and his friends have become little more than prey under the revealing light of Aur's Moon. 

Bonus Novella - Foxwise
Deep in the Lurr Forest, there is a valley called Saint Elm's Deep. This secret valley remains in a perpetual state of spring and hosts the thousands of fae who live there. The Heart Tree's magic sustains the boundaries that protect them all and their lush forest, but the Hoar Witch has poisoned its roots. 

Queen Corydalis needs a certain shard to cast a beckoning so that the Emerald-eyed Champion of lore might come and save them all, for he is the only one who can end the Hoar Witch. If they hope to save the Heart Tree, that deed must be done. 

Join Thorn, Bristle and Barb, the Pixie Queen's fiercest, smartest and most loyal elves as they take a thrilling journey out of their protected world into true Overland, where danger hides around every corner and everything they have ever loved is at stake.

Book Three - Saint Elm's Deep
After finding a map on a grueling hunt, Vanx and his new companions decide to travel deep into the Bitterpeaks, where a fabled hoar witch's crystal palace supposedly sits hidden in a valley called Saint Elm's Deep. 

The story deepens, as we delve into Vanx's past and the future of as unlikely a group of heroes as you will ever find. Action and adventure, drama and thrills, and a barrel keg full of fantasy adventure await readers in Saint Elm's Deep, the third installment of The Legend of Vanx Malic. 

Book Four - That Frigid Fargin' Witch
The hoar witch and her forest full of malformed creatures await Vanx and his curious group of companions as they try to save the fairy folk and their magical Heart Tree from the powerful old crone and her evil.
 "The Tome of Arbor," and "A Gossamer Lens" close out this complete, multiple award winning," 10 book series. These last two The Legend of Vanx Malic novels have been compiled into the "The Tome and the Lens" anthology, along with special bonus content from The Dragoneer Saga Book One: The Royal Dragoneers. (One of the Dragoneer Saga's main characters is prominent in the Vanx Malic series, but no spoilers) "To Kill a Witch" the first four The Legend of Vanx Malic books won the 2017 American Book Fest Award for Fiction: Fantasy, and it was a 2016 Kindle Book Award Semifinalist. The series, as a whole, received so much attention that the great Larry Elmore, the artist who painted almost every Dungeons and Dragons image you've ever seen, offered the cover for book ten, "A Gossamer Lens," --included in this anthology-- which went on to win a 2017 Readers Favorite Award. 
The Legend of Vanx Malic is a ground breaking 10 book series, started in 2004. These stories cross racial and sexual boundaries not previously featured in the fantasy genre. The hero, Vanx Malic, is forever caught up in racial turmoil due to the fact he is half-human, and half-Zythian. The two races hate each other for various reasons leaving Vanx shunned and feared over his heritage by almost everyone who learns his secret. His most trusted companion, a lesbian named Chelda understands, for she is looked upon, and shamed in their world, and by her father, in much the same way. They do not cross paths until book three, but the bond of trust they build throughout the rest of the series, while adventuring in some of the most dangerous, magical, places ever written, transcends the lovers, and haters they come across along the way. And those they befriend? Well, they have unique problems of their own that cause them to fit right in. Come see why so many different readers and literary award groups have heralded this series as a winner.
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