Follow Eskandar and his friends in The Pirates of Brisa, Book 2 of Wyrms of Pasandir, a grand fantasy adventure in a world of wyrms, steamships, magic and mayhem!
Paul E. Horsman (1952) is a Dutch and International Fantasy Author. Born in the sleepy garden village of Bussum, The Netherlands, he now lives in Roosendaal, a town on the Dutch border with Belgium.
He has been a soldier, salesman, scoutmaster and from 1995 teacher of Dutch as a Second Language to refugees from all over the globe.
Since 2012, he is a full-time writer of epic light fantasy adventures. His works have been both published in The Netherlands, and internationally.
But his enemies won’t give the young wyrmcaller time to bask in the glory of a job well done, and soon the voice of Teodar in his head summons him north, where new and even more powerful pirates create havoc on the seas.
Two thousand miles north... that means finding a new base for his army of kids. Teodar sends them by airship to Smalkand, a deserted cave system on the coast of their own Pasandir Peaks. On arrival, Eskandar and his companions discover their new home harbors some surprises...
Once inside Smalkand Keep, and with his main force in the ships still days away, Eskandar and his small group find themselves under attack from Bokkaners and other minions of their ultimate nemesis, the lich lord.
New adventures in the mighty, snowcapped Peaks, at sea, and in the rich lands of the Hizmyran kingdom await our heroes in ‘The Bokkaners of the North’, the third book of Wyrms of Pasandir.
Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future – until a terrible fire destroyed her parents and their business. Now the 15-year-old orphan follows the wyrmcaller, using her mercantile genius to sell his honestly gained loot and finance his battle against pirates and jinn.
When Wyrmcaller Eskandar leaves for the north, she gets the chance to branch out. A large cargo of confiscated foreign goodies brings in much more gold than she had expected, and with that money she opens her first trade center.
Armed with her inborn stubbornness and her fire-hardened will to become a powerful trader, she dives into the business world of the Weal Nations; battling scheming financiers and protecting the rights of the people she employs.
Aided by Nate, the only true love in her life, she fights her enemies on land and at sea, conquering pirate vessels, islands and important companies on her way to become a rich and powerful High Merchant.
Meanwhile the populace, fed up with their poverty, is on the brink of rebellion. To save her plans, Shaw must not only defeat the guilds, she must prevent a civil war as well!
After that hard-fought battle, most warlocks returned to the Continent, leaving New Winsproke without a purpose. The town fell into a decline, many people were unemployed and businesses closed for want of customers and suppliers. Up for grabs for an enterprising girl!
Shaw decides to resurrect New Winsproke. She buys the old Emporium, a nearly broke arcane shopping center, and starts rebuilding it. She reopens the old shipyard, the aerodrome and a weaving mill where they produce flying carpets, and slowly the town comes alive again.
Then Shaw finds Brisan pirates lurking nearby, plundering the local power crystal mine. Somebody has to do something about those darn pirates! Of course Shaw knows that somebody is she, and that something will be very drastic.
This adventure will change the fate of a kingdom, alter the political world, and influence the lives of many people all over Malgarth. It also brings Shaw into direct conflict with Nimmendal, the feared jinn pirate kingpin of Angsthafn, who terrorizes the seas for thousands of miles around...
The Ambrosius Chronicles begins around 500 BCE, in a world with a history that's very different from what we have recorded. As a result of unseen hands, meddling from the shadows, the figures we believe to be legend are true, but events surrounding them, not so much.
When using realism, you can draw on iconic figures from mythology. When world building, you can do anything. The Ambrosius Chronicles boasts both, with the remarkable premise of a history rich with magic and all manner of mythical creatures.
Kings of human, dwarven and elven peoples rule across medieval Albion; wizards occupy the ancient kingdom of East Anglia and strive to exert supremacy over all magical affairs; and all manner of mythical creatures dwell within the mysterious world known as Faerie.
For reasons that Ezekiel Stone and Laura Tailor are far from realising, their lives are intertwined with events guided by unseen hands that require the rediscovery of buried history and guarded secrets to overcome. Alas, getting involved has the potential to make things worse, because what they learn, how, and their resulting choices will determine the sides they take in struggles between creation's children, dating back to time immemorial.
Set around 1270 CE, Albion, representatives of London, led by their supreme sorcerer arrive at Norwich with accusations of warlocks attacking their kingdom. Zeke Stone, the tower guard's latest recruit, unwittingly becomes a pawn between the Wizard Council and enemies long thought vanquished. Under the threat of war with the great kingdom of Mercia, the council's race to learn the secrets of a dark object and uncover the plans and identity of their adversary place Zeke in the middle of an unlikely alliance where he must fight for his life, his future, and the future of Albion.
While Zeke is unwitting, Laura Tailor is as dutiful as she is ambitious, and that ambition threatens to be her undoing, leading her down a path with dangers radically different from anything she could have envisioned from reading books. Nathaniel Pearce is a druid, an expert in old and forgotten enchantments, and Zeke's best friend, but even his knowledge doesn’t compare to the vastness of Malachi's mental archive. As a mysterious alleged madman, operating under various identities, there is much of Malachi's story to be discovered.
The Corral Ring is a brilliant start to what promises to be an amazing high fantasy series, home to sword and sorcery, powerful monarchs, feudal lords, mythical creatures, hidden agendas, a little politics and a lot of action and adventure!
Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res's show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can't trust but can't seem to stay away from.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res's magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.
Praise for The Storm Crow:
"Clashing kingdoms, thrilling action, and an imperfect heroine make this book a must-read."—ADRIENNE YOUNG, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back
"Dragon fans should get ready for their next favorite creature. I loved this."—JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning
Instead, Ghyll finds his desk stacked with reports of giant wolves and monstrous birds terrorizing the outer provinces of his kingdom, and the local authorities demand he does something about it.
Olle discovers his newly acquired estates lie in the heart of the wolf-plagued lands. When the king’s brother decides to look over his domain and see what all the trouble is about, he soon finds out the monsters aren’t the only threat.
Meanwhile Zethir, the king’s trusted spy, walks around with a dark secret he cannot divulge. He battles both inner torments and the Dar’khamorth assassins infesting the palace, and the whispering in his head drives him deeper and deeper into the darkness.
The royal squire, Torril, disappears and war threatens... Intelligent rats beleaguer a nearby city-state... An allied ruler is murdered... To top it all, Queen Kerianna takes to her bed with pregnancy complications. That bit of peace is further away than ever.
Secure in his position as the mighty Prince-warlock’s son, eighteen-year-old Basil is content with his solitary life of study and magic. He has a comfortable set of rooms in his father’s tower, he has his books and scrolls, and he is perfectly happy. Until the Warlockry Council summons him, and their demands sets his whole, safe existence tottering. Scared and unsure, he decides to run, and takes the first ship out of town. On board he meets Yarwan, the handsome midshipman, who awakens feelings he never knew existed.
Maud of the M'Brannoe, at nineteen already a mighty Kell warrioress, is about to graduate as a Lioness, a special duty officer answering to her Queen and no one else. The Prince-warlock asks her to fetch a certain boy from a pirate town, who could be double for his son. On their way back, someone sabotages their airship and the two find themselves marooned in an ill-reputed forest. Together, the young lioness and Jurgis the lookalike run for the coast and a ship home, while finding solace in each other’s arms.
Then the four young people meet, and Basil learns of a spell that might help him. Only the spell’s creator, the infamous Arrangh Warlock, disappeared nearly a century ago. When the four young people decide to go looking for him, they start on a path leading to an old war and unsolved mysteries that will change the world. Or kill them.
A spirited fantasy story of high adventure, sparkling humor and romantic love in an alternate earth setting of tropical islands, pirates, steamships and wyrms, where both magic and early modern technology flourish.
(From the 5* Review at: http://apocalypsebooked.com/bookreview-lioness-of-kell/)
Lioness of Kell is a long read in the tradition of high fantasy and it is worth every page of it.
If you are looking for a fantasy book with diversity in it then you should definitely check this out. You get POC main female character, a disabled character, and a queer relationship.
(From the 5* Review at: http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tour/book-review-lioness-of-kell-by-paul-e-horsman/)
I have to applaud Lioness of Kell for having one of the most diverse casts I’ve ever come across in a fantasy book. Here we see a female person of color in the role of the protagonist, and instead of jumping to stereotypes, Maud is realistic, genuine, a regular person, with flaws and troubles.
(From the 4* Review at: https://booksandashes.wordpress.com/)
From the world building to the storytelling and its pace, Lioness of Kell is a great book that is different from so many of the other books in the fantasy genre.
Recommend?: Yes definitely! I would be crazy not to recommend a book that features a WoC as the main protagonist, a character with a lame foot, and a non-heterosexual relationship!