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A Bridge of Doom

The Hostage Prince; Agents of the Dark One; Enchanter's Lot



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A Bridge of Doom by Kurt Paul Hotelling
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THREE PATHS CONVERGE PRELUDE: THE HOSTAGE PRINCE-The bonds are tight, his sword broken, the possibility of rescue hopeless; heir to the throne of the western kingdom, Prince Kajor will be sacrificed on the reptilian Grems' primitive altar of blood and revenge. And yet, he fears neither his enemies, nor the endless torture, nor death, but the eventual ruin of his people under their hateful claws. Doubtful of her charged task, a young woman, Royal Messenger under guidance from the only Master Enchanter undertakes an impossible mission, seeking help from a mythical and almost forgotten demigod.AGENTS OF THE DARK ONE-A final heartbeat, demons at the door, an appeal for help, a chance bridge across the void of the Unknown. Violations of metaphysical law during the rescue of Prince Kajor have brought the inescapable wrath and cold justice of Spectres; a singular, violent death stalks Royal Messenger Marie. Back home, bereft of any trace of his adventure, Paul is heartbroken amidst questions about his own sanity. Rothson can only hope his final expenditure of Power will reach demigod and enchanter before disaster befalls and all that they have achieved is overturned.ENCHANTER'S LOT-A faint breath of shadow whispers past Maximillian amidst his private ritual of black magic, bidding him find someone; Paul helps Marie adjust to existence in his complicated world, unaware of the dark forces seeking them out; Enchanter Gaiwan's manhunt for a renegade sorcerer turns sour, bringing upon him the wrath of dragons, and a nearly impossible errand. Relentlessly, all are drawn to meet across A BRIDGE OF DOOM.This is the first of a series of classical fantasy that combines otherworld elements with this everyday world in a believable manner. The fundamentals of Magic and Power, intrinsic to the story, both psychic and mystic, are described and explained in detail (as opposed to an assumptive glossing over.) The editors at DAW Books cited this book and its sequel "An enjoyable epic. The characters, villains, and creatures are nicely done." This first book begins with Prelude: The Hostage Prince. The heir to the throne of the western lands awakens from a nightmare to find himself still bound and tied to a rough hewn stake, prisoner of his enemies, the Grems, a race of walking, yet primitive, reptilians, "lizards," that have warred unceasingly with the unwanted settlers of their territory. Staunching refusing to negotiate peace of co-existence, the Grems fight a losing battle. In a last, desperate effort, the lizards capture Prince Kajor and hold him hostage far from any aid or rescue, then prepare to perform a murderous blood sacrifice of the Prince on the battlefield before their enemies.Meanwhile, Marie, a royal messenger, has been charged by Master Enchanter Rothson to carry a plea for help through a mystic gateway to a nearly forgotten demigod. Though herself doubtful, especially of mages and enchanters, Marie remains loyal to her future king. Armed with only her wits, her steed, she is given a silver talisman that is to be her protector and key to the gateway. The fact of this being a medieval world other than ancient Earth is revealed when mention is made of the first and second sunrises. Riding at the stroke of first dawn and, under protection of an enchantment cast by her master, Marie avoids capture by Grems along the way and breaches the mystic gateway. Arriving on the far side-a place the reader will recognize as present-day Earth, she is to a college student named Paul asleep in his dormitory room.Unbeknownst to any of them, mysterious entities, metaphysical guardians from her home world, have followed her across the mystic bridge, seeking to restore balance of power, either by escorting her back home alone and reversing events, or by destroying her immediately.The story continues in the second part titled: Agents of the Dark One and the main third part, Enchanter's Lot.
Release date NZ
April 15th, 2009
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations, black and white
Outskirts Press
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