A half‐Zythian bard named Vanx is in slave chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded slave caravan in the mountains. When the duke’s men attack to kill the adulterous prisoner, all hell breaks loose, leaving Vanx only one way to go… Through the Wildwood.
Vanx, Trevin, and Darbon, along with Prince Russet and the crew of the Sea Hawk, sail to Vanx’s homeland to find an old friend who just might know the wyrm lore needed to make their quest to Dragon Isle seem survivable.
Meanwhile Coll and Duke Martin have set their shadowy schemes in motion in Dyntalla where Quazar is keeping the princess from death with all he has.
What will King Oakarm do about Duke Martin’s treachery when he arrives? Will Matty the one‐handed whore get her wish? Can two High Wizards of the Royal Order hold off the ogres, and the even darker thing that is seeking the Bloodstone?
And what will happen on Dragon Isle..
Deep in the Lurr Forest, there is a valley called Saint Elm’s Deep. This secret valley remains in a perpetual state of spring and hosts the thousands of fae who live there. The Heart Tree’s magic sustains the boundaries that protect them all and their lush forest, but the Hoar Witch has poisoned its roots.
Queen Corydalis needs a certain shard to cast a beckoning so that the Emerald‐eyed Champion of lore might come and save them all, for he is the only one who can end the Hoar Witch. If they hope to save the Heart Tree, that deed must be done.
Join Thorn, Bristle and Barb, the Pixie Queen’s fiercest, smartest and most loyal elves as they take a thrilling journey out of their protected world into true Overland, where danger hides around every corner and everything they have ever loved is at stake.
***A note from the author about the timeline of this story:
This tale starts at about the same time The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Two ‐ Dragon Isle, does. It can be read at any time during the series, but will serve readers best if they read it before they read book four, That Frigid Fargin Witch.
This story is not part of the main Vanx Malic tale, but the character Foxwise Posy‐Thorn is destined to become relevant, if he can survive this ordeal.
The Legend of Vanx Malic continues with Book Three, “Saint Elm’s Deep”
After finding a map on a grueling hunt, Vanx and his new companions decide to travel deep into the Bitterpeaks, where a fabled hoar witch’s crystal palace supposedly sits hidden in a valley called Saint Elm’s Deep.
The story deepens, as we delve into Vanx’s past and the future of as unlikely a group of heroes as you will ever find. Action and adventure, drama and thrills, and a barrel keg full of fantasy adventure await readers in Saint Elm’s Deep, the third installment of The Legend of Vanx Malic.
In a piece of the Mirror of Portent, Vanx Malic sees the forces of the mysterious Trigon destroying Parydon Isle. This strange new enemy, with ensorcelled fighters, dragon riding wizards, and a nearly perfect battle plan, find little resistance in this future vision. After sending Gallarael to warn her brother, the Crown Prince of Parydon, about the invasion, Vanx sees the Trigon attacking his homeland, in the mirror. Deep inside he knows he has to go warn them.
Forced to torture information out of the cocooned Hoarwitch, Vanx learns how to free the gargan outcast, Chelda from the Underland binding that keeps her trapped in the Shadowmane. He also learns how to transport his crew of treacherous friends to Zyth.
Together Vanx and his dog familiar, Sir Poopsalot, Thorn, Chelda Flar and her elven lover, Moonsey, along with Gallarael, Prince Russet and a host of others, give all they have to keep the Trigon from destroying the Heart Tree.
Soon they learn that there is another, even more potent, force that drives the Trigon. This force is known as the Paragon Dracus, and stopping it just might prove to be impossible.
Even still, Vanx Malic is going to try, Join him in this, non stop, action and adventure fantasy that you wont be able to put down.
Vanx, his full blooded Zythian friend Zeezle Croyle, Gallarael, and Chelda Flar, set out for Dragon Isle, to hunt down the terrible force who calls himself Paragon Dracus, but they soon find they’ve underestimated its power.
Meanwhile, King Russet Oakarm, his small group of Zythian wizards, and his hand‐picked soldiers, begin rounding up stray Parydonians and spreading the word across the kingdom lands that his father has been dazed by the evil, shape‐shifting creature’s entrancing trident, and is no longer the true king. In fact Russet’s father wants nothing more than to kill him, just as the Paragon ordered.
When the unthinkable happens, and Vanx Malic is taken by the Trigon Daze, his crew, and all those who love him, will be forced to attempt the impossible to save him.
Odds are, they don’t stand a chance against something as ancient and powerful as this foe, but sometimes a common threat can cause a lifelong enemy to become an ally. Sometimes to win the day you have to make a deal with a devil. Don’t miss this one. Vanx Malic Book Six will blow you away.
After seeing Gallareal killed, and banishing the Paragon Dracus from the Heart Tree’s side of the world, Vanx from the little Zythian village called, Malic, and his canine familiar, Sir Poopsalot, find themselves alone in a strange part of Harthgar. The Octron tower, at least the one they appeared in, is unusable, and the rough, seemingly uninhabited land proves unlivable, even for one as skilled as our half‐Zythian hero. But all Vanx wants to do is get he and his dog, back to Saint Elm’s Deep, where he can grieve over the loss of the first woman he’d ever really let into his heart.
Will Vanx and Poops survive long enough to find a way? Or will the blue‐glowing, dragon torturing, Paragon shape shifter want revenge? After all, Vanx is on its turf now, and he may be in for more than he can handle.
Vanx just wants to go home, but he may end up having to stick around until he finishes what’s been started.
Vanx Malic can’t seem to avoid adventure. After following a crazy old wizard’s map, to an island that no one else can see, Zeezle ends up on the edge of death.
Will Vanx be able to save his closest friend? Will his goddess forgive him for losing his way?
All Vanx wants to do is get home to his lover, to see if she will go on the quest his goddess has commanded of him. But first, he has to retrieve another magical gem, this one from Falriggin’s dungeon, on Three Tower Island.
Action and adventure at every turn. Love and loyalty, will be tested. Friendship and fate, will be pushed to their boundaries. Death and even life itself is at risk in, The Legend of Vanx Malic, Book Eight, The Long Journey Home.
Tasked by his Goddess to find, relocate, and then quicken, the last three Heart Tree gem-seeds, Vanx the bard, and his motley crew of adventurers, set out to do just that.
Zeezle, Vanx’s childhood friend, decided to stay behind. But General Gloryvine Moonseed, Chelda’s elven lover, is coming, because she has been given a duty of her own, and two of her loyal elves, are with her. As you can imagine, Chelda is delighted with this turn of events, as adventuring, up until now, has meant leaving Moonsy behind to guard over the baby king of the fae. Luckily for them all, the Troika Sven only wants General Moonseed to protect the Glaive of Gladiolus while Vanx uses it.
It will take all the wit, muscle, and magic, Vanx, and the rest of the group can muster, just to survive the inhabitants of the invisible island, they must revisit. They also find the wicked land mass might be far more than they thought it was. To make things even harder, before they can start doing the Goddess’s bidding, they must first figure out how to go about finding the gem-seeds they are supposed to transport.
Strange creatures, wonderfully imagined settings, and all the fantasy, action, and conflict you can imagine, await. Join Vanx Malic, Sir Poopsalot, and their unique crew of adventurers on a journey you may never forget. Start reading The Legend of Vanx Malic, Book Nine – The Tome of Arbor, now.
Vanx and crew have a few gem-seeds left to smash, but in usual Vanx Malic fashion, nothing goes as planned. Strange powerful creatures lurk everywhere, especially beyond the Wildwood, where the mountain giants hold reign. But the giants are just one of many people who want to stop Vanx, and his friends.
Will Vanx, Gallarael, Chelda, Master Ruuk, Moonsy, and Sir Poopsalot be able to keep the world from spinning apart?
Will the Goss show them the way to save their world, or will the tiny spider lead them into a war against a terrible kingdom of ill fae who are clinging to a dead Heart Tree?
Will the group be able to retrieve the final gem-seed and get it to the copse of Great Carpi Ultura, a cluster of identical trees near the kingdom of Highwander, or will the wretched fae who lost their tree, keep them from it.
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*A special thanks to the great Larry Elmore for the book cover art! Check out “The Complete Elmore” to see more of his incomparable works.