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YA Fantasy/Action & Adventure/Sword & Sorcery
Published: 15th April 2015
No one can escape their destiny in a world controlled by the Fates. Ancient prophecies are the means by which the gods maintain order. Whether pauper or king, each life becomes a pawn in a dangerous game of control, where moving pieces determines the course of all living beings. The Blood King’s sudden death in the night triggers a foreboding prophecy of dark times, as it is foretold that his unknown Heir would awaken to the dark magic of his blood and enslave the Eleven Kingdoms. Soldiers bring destruction to the countryside seeking the Heir Of The Blood King.
Adam escapes the fires of the peaceful village of Riverside in the night when the soldiers laid waste to his adopted home. With his fate uncertain, the unskilled orphan must fight for his freedom against dangerous enemies who give pursuit as he searches for the answers to his past. Adam is also faced with the challenges of survival against the untamed wilderness and its dark denizens as he tries to avoid a destiny he does not want.
“The Heir Of The Blood King will rise, this has been divined.” - Ancient prophecy of the Seering Council.
“Heir Of The Blood King” is the first installment of the ongoing, action-packed, Young Adult fantasy, survival series, Adventures of Adam.
**Heir of the Blood King is free from July 20th to July 24th on Amazon.**
“Move!” Talia ordered the boys.
She needed to give Adam a head start up the rocky incline with Donadeir still reeling from all the excitement. He had proven his bravery, getting to the valley floor and buying Donadeir time, it was now Talia’s turn to show her bravery in a different way.
The wretched goblins’ eyes danced with madness under the pale moon light as the pair came rushing down upon her. Talia quickly assessed each of her opponents dispositions to determine where she should focus her attacks. She was able to determine that the goblin on the left was weaker even though he was slightly larger than the goblin on the right because its right arm had been bandaged. Talia noticed that the larger goblin was gripping his club unsteadily in his left hand and knew that this one was at a major disadvantage with his favored hand having been rendered useless by some previous injury.
Talia shifted forward with her left foot, feigning an overextension of her sword arm, to cause the injured goblin to sidestep her believing he was her intended target. As expected, the goblin to her right saw this as a mistaken opportunity and he raised his club over his head meaning to land a fatal attack with one single blow. She knew that in combat, you must strike the harmonious balance between offense and defense, ensuring that your guard is up after the execution of an attack. The goblin had left himself wide open when he had raised his club high overhead, in an attempt to bring it down with as much strength as he could muster, and so he had no time to contemplate his terrible mistake. Talia’s true intent was revealed as she brought the hilt of her sword swinging backwards into the goblin’s throat.
Seeing its brother reel back with Talia’s surprised attack, the injured goblin tried to regain his footing by stepping away from Talia’s feint. She knew it was important to keep her advantage so that the injured goblin wouldn’t recover, so she moved her body forward as she pivoted on her left foot, stepping into the injured goblin’s reverse charge. As she did so, Talia brought up her blade, defensively slashing the air with side to side uppercuts and pushed the injured goblin into further retreat, giving herself ample space to press her finishing attack against the goblin now grasping at it’s injured windpipe.
Talia pivoted on her right foot, stopping her forward momentum and reversed her direction as she adjusted her left foot into the lead. She quickly returned her sword on her right side and brought it into a ready position. She knew that it was important not to linger on a thrust into an adversary when faced with multiple opponents because the delay of tugging a weapon free from an enemy’s body would give his accomplice an unwanted advantage. Talia stepped forward, aiming between the goblin’s ribs, piercing the creature in its heart. When she felt her blade break through the goblin’s skin, she shifted her weight to her left leg and brought her right foot up as she dislodged her blade from the goblin’s sternum and shoved his lifeless body to the ground.
Talia twisted her head and looked over her left shoulder as she turned her focus once more to the bewildered goblin, whose face made her feel almost amused. She quickly swapped her sword from her right hand into her left and allowed her left arm to flow freely around her, gashing the injured goblins neck as her fluid semicircle attack connected, cleanly cleaving the goblin’s head from its shoulders.
Author Bio - W.O. Cassity
W.O. Cassity has been an avid fan of all things fantasy and science fiction for more than thirty years. His experiences as a table top gamer and games master inspired him to share his imagination with his children. His first novel titled "Heir Of The Blood King" is the first installment of his fantasy adventure series, Adventures of Adam. Will lives with his wife, four children and two dogs.
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