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On the longest night of the year, a dark wizard murders a knight and his wife.
The knight's children survive and swear revenge. Sam and Jamie vow to
become knights like their father. Neev, the middle child, vows to
become a wizard.
Five years later, things look grim. Sam is useless with the sword.
Jamie is denied knighthood because she's a girl. Neev cannot cast a
spell without growing donkey ears, a monkey tail, or an elephant
trunk. The siblings feel like failures.
That's when the dark wizard strikes again.
Are the siblings powerful enough to defeat him? Or will they too die
at his hands?
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I was born in 1980 and I am the author of fantasy fiction, from
epic to dark and surreal.
Like many writers, I began my career writing short stories.I sold
my first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens
of my stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among
them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse.
Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published my fantasy
novel Firefly Island in 2007. Since Firefly Island, I've written the
novels Flaming Dove, The Gods of Dream, and Eye of the Wizard.
morning Transformers cartoons, and -- old TSR paperbacks. When I was
a kid, I loved anything TSR released. First of all, the D&D books. I
owned the old D&D books, the AD&D handbooks, the big binders with the
monsters in them, even the art books featuring works by Larry Elmore,
Jeff Easley, and many other artists. But there were also the novels,
and those were particularly special. You know, those dogeared
paperbacks about Raistling, Drizzt, and many other characters. Those
novels weren't high literature. They were not Lord of the Rings. But
they were fun, and they drew you into worlds of adventure and magic.
I miss that.
When I wrote Eye of the Wizard, I tried to recreate some of that
magic. It's not a profound work of fantasy literature. It won't win
any awards. It won't become a classic of the genre. But it's fun.
It has creepy monsters, flashing swords, evil warlocks, and lots of
humor. It's my homage to that era of innocence, that feeling you got
as a kid, when you gaped at the latest Weis & Hickman or Salvatore.
I had a blast writing it. I hope you have as much fun reading it.