Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"The Book of Seven Hands," by Barth Anderson

I love this notion of 'sidequests.' (See the description below for the definition.) In this fantasy novella, warrior monks from medieval times search for a hallowed fighting manual. An off-shoot of the Foreworld Saga by Barth Anderson. 99 cents today!

The Book of Seven Hands: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga), by Barth Anderson

SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga.

Expert swordsmen Basilio and Alejo have one last mission before they go their separate ways: they must recover their teacher Don Manuel's ancient fighting manual and take it to remote Cataluña in order to have it translated by the famous alchemist Paracelsus. Unbeknownst to them, however, Don Manuel has been murdered, and a host of powerful forces has come looking for the coveted book – everyone from old lovers and lifelong archenemies to the King's assassin, and the Spanish Inquisition.

The adventures of Basilio and Alejo usher in a new era of adventures in Foreworld, one wherein the Shield-Brethren, the fabled warrior monks of the medieval era, have been stricken from history. Old traditions are threatened and long-standing secrets are in danger of being revealed.

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Meet the Author

Barth Anderson is the author of two novels, The Patron Saint of Plagues and The Magician and The Fool (both from Random House) and the latter was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2009. Anderson's short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Talebones, and he won the Spectrum Award for Best Short Fiction in 2004 for his short story "Lark Till Dawn, Princess."

Anderson is chief blogger at Fair Food Fight, specializing in shaking up the food and ag worlds. He lives in Minneapolis.

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