Erik Eleodum is a simple man. He’s content farming his family’s homestead in northern Háthgolthane and raising a family, like his father, for the rest of his life. Adventure is the last thing on his mind.
Erik’s brother, Befel, and his cousin, Bryon, can’t think of anything worse than farming for the rest of their lives. They want to be heroes. They want fame and fortune. They want to leave their families and go east to the country of Golgolithul where they are sure to find wealth and great adventure.
When these three young men leave their farmstead they discover the world is not so simple or easy. Fortune is laden with treachery, fame must be earned with blood, and adventures are rarely grand. The road eastward is hard. To get there, they must ultimately sell their swords and become friends with thieves, dwarves, soldiers, and mercenaries. They battle a band of ruthless slavers, slip past assassins, and experience the deadly consequences of black magic.
Will Erik be able to return to the simple life? Will he unwittingly become famous, rich, or a hero? Will he even survive?
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Christopher Patterson lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and three children. Christopher has a Masters in Education and is a teacher of many subjects, including English, History, Government, Economics, and Health. He is also a football and wrestling coach. Christopher fostered a love of the arts at a very young age, picking up the guitar at 7, the bass at 10, and dabbling in drawing and writing around the same time. His first major at the University of Arizona was, in fact, a BFA in Classical Guitar Performance, although he would eventually earn a BA in Literature and a BFA in Creative Writing.
Christopher Patterson grew up watching Star Wars, Dragon Slayer, and a cartoon version of The Hobbit. He started reading fantasy novels from a young age, took an early interest in early, Medieval Europe, and played Dungeons and Dragons. He has read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Wizard of Earthsea many times and heralds Tolkien, Jordan, and Martin, among others, as major influences in his own writing.
Christopher is also very involved in church, especially music and youth ministries, and is very active, having been a competitive power lifter since high school.
He thanks his grandmother for letting him waste paper on her typewriter while trying to write the “Next Great American Novel” and his parents for always supporting his dreams.