Author Reading 1 (January 2009)
Richard Baker: Swordmage
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In this episode -- the first of two podcasts this week -- we stray from our usual hosted format. Richard Baker, Forgotten Realms author, came into the studio to read a select passage from his most recent novel.
The first book in the Blades of the Moonsea series, Swordmage released in paperback this December:
Aesperus, the King in Copper
He was a fearsome necromancer who ruled over this part of the Moonsea hundreds of years ago, and survives as an undead lich who commands the dead of the barrowfields as his slaves.
Too many things that should lie dead and buried under stone rise and walk the Highfells once their tombs are breached.
No one is to open a tomb anywhere within land claimed by Hulburg, and it is considered high treason to collect anything of value buried in a barrow.
It's one of the few laws the Harmachs enforce without mercy.
But someone is robbing them anyway.
The second book in the series, Corsair releases this March; to preview the continuing story, we’re pleased to offer an early look at the first sample chapter:
Kamoth Kastelmar, Lord of the Black Moon
He was a sadistic young lord who charmed his way into the marrying the Harmach of Hulburg’s sister before he was exiled for conspiring against his new brother-and-law.
Now he is Captain of the Kraken Queen, High Captain of the Black Moon Corsairs—a ruthless pirate fleet that scours the Moonsea, raping, pillaging, and burning wherever they go.
He was willing to let bygones be bygones, but when the Harmach of Hulburg arms a warship to thwart his piracy, he starts taking their actions against him personally.
It’s time to teach the harmach a lesson in respect.
It’s time to raze Hulburg.
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