Believe me, there are plenty of dragons, moronic guards, golems, evil sorcerers, zombies, blood-thirsty plants, undead necromancers, bandits, and troglyns out there who do NOT have your health and happiness in mind. If it weren't for my friends—the squirrel-like Nut-boy, the beautiful yet brawny Princess Frederica, and the ever-loyal but brainless Nonac the barbarian—I wouldn't be alive today to warn you about the many dangers out there. Of course, possessing magic running socks helps a lot, too, even though they seem to get me into trouble as fast as they get me out.
So, I've compiled a few of my life experiences in an effort to convince you, my good friends, to just stay home, lock your doors, and keep a loaded crossbow handy. Oh, and have a barbarian around in case something needs to be thumped senseless.
Excerpt:Most heroes of legend have magical swords or shields, great powers of sorcery, or are phenomenal warriors. Me? I have socks.
Oh, the socks are magical, trust me. I found them on the skeleton of a dead sorcerer, but that's another story for another time. Suffice it to say, they grant me the ability to run for a long time without getting tired. They also can grant me short bursts of speed in case I encounter zombies, troglyns, or angry fathers with pitchforks (sorry, I'm not telling you that one). Oh, and these socks also glow in the dark, which comes in handy when, say, one needs to run in the dark from the previously mentioned pitchfork.
Did I ever tell you about the time I saved the King of Fringolia? No? You haven't heard about my encounter with a two thousand year old sorcerer? Myrick is my name. Myrick the Magnificent. Doesn't sound familiar? Yeah, well, this tale didn't get out very well. It didn't quite make it into the troubadours' play lists, either. Sometimes it stinks being a peasant.
Berin’s other books include The Dragon War Relic, Time Gangsters, and Delroy Versus the Yshtari. He also has two series through BigWorldNetwork: Space Pirate Delroy and Tales of Myrick the (Not So) Magnificent.
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