So excited. Can hardly type!
“The Scroll Thief” by R. F. Long
Length: Plus Novel
Publication Date: February 24, 2009
Cover art by Anne Cain
Love is the wiliest thief of all.
A Tale of Ithian
Malachy and his sister rely on his talents as a thief to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, former capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. Stealing a few papers should have been a simple job. Instead, it nearly costs their lives and throws them into an improbable alliance with a shape-shifting official, a desert tribeswoman, and a healer of enchanting beauty.
Cerys is far more than a simple healer—and the roots of her mission go deeper into the past than anyone can know. She needs Malachy’s skills to recover a stolen scroll, one that can be used to rewrite history and, in the wrong hands, release the dark powers of the Demon Realm.
Her mission was supposed to atone for a dreadful, long-ago act. Instead, it unleashes a chain of events which sees them pursued through city and desert by the fearsome Dune Witch and a killer known only as His Lordship. Romance, tragedy, and adventure blend in a tale of a magical land on the brink of war, and five unlikely allies who, by putting their lives—and their hearts—on the line, have the opportunity to finally set things right.
But at a terrible cost.
Warning: Contains scenes of graphic violence and torture, captivating magic and beauty, two dashing heroes, three gutsy heroines, several love stories and a heartbreaking sacrifice.
To celebrate I am giving away a copy to someone who comments here. I have no long post or words of wisdom – they will happen elsewhere. Well, I hope they are words of wisdom. Excerpts might happen too. But today I am far too giddy. Giddy as a giddy thing with a certificate in giddiness.
This novel is especially dear to my heart as it comes from the adventure stories I used to read as a child – Arabian Nights, Robin Hood, King Arthur – and the films & serials I used to watch – Zorro, the Three Musketeers (yes, I know but I never read the books!), pirates, Stewart Granger movies and of course more Robin Hood. Anything where buckles were swashed.
So leave me a comment and tell me what adventure story from your childhood still resonates with you today. Best story wins. 🙂