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Weapon Of The Guild
Alastair J. Archibald
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Grimm Afelnor, the youngest Mage Questor in Arnor House, has sworn to expunge the stain from his reviled family name. Grimm’s arduous first Quest with his best friend, Dalquist, seems simple enough at first: to retrieve a magical gem from a magic-using Baron. Along the way, Grimm has to kill a man, destroy a demon, conquer unwitting drug addiction and break free of magical infatuation cast by a young witch-nun.

Grimm regards the wealth and title of Baron as more than ample recompense for his pains, but even more good fortune comes his way, when, soon afterwards, he becomes a Fifth Rank Mage Questor, due to a clerical oversight. Life for the young mage seems to be going his way. With a scaly titan, a mighty albino swordsman, an elven thief and a six-inch imp amongst his allies, and Grimm feels confident when ordered to assist in tackling a renegade General who seems to be abducting Guild Mages.

His only problems are: the prejudiced and domineering senior mage, Questor Xylox; a young female pickpocket; and a mysterious, insidious sickness lurking in the Shest Mountains.

BOOK EXCERPTS
Grimm Afelnor, the youngest Mage Questor in Arnor House, has sworn to expunge the stain from his reviled family name. Grimm’s arduous first Quest with his best friend, Dalquist, seems simple enough at first: to retrieve a magical gem from a magic-using Baron. Along the way, Grimm has to kill a man, destroy a demon, conquer unwitting drug addiction and break free of magical infatuation cast by a young witch-nun.

Grimm regards the wealth and title of Baron as more than ample recompense for his pains, but even more good fortune comes his way, when, soon afterwards, he becomes a Fifth Rank Mage Questor, due to a clerical oversight. Life for the young mage seems to be going his way. With a scaly titan, a mighty albino swordsman, an elven thief and a six-inch imp amongst his allies, and Grimm feels confident when ordered to assist in tackling a renegade General who seems to be abducting Guild Mages.

His only problems are: the prejudiced and domineering senior mage, Questor Xylox; a young female pickpocket; and a mysterious, insidious sickness lurking in the Shest Mountains.
Grimm Afelnor, the youngest Mage Questor in Arnor House of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Magic-users, Thaumaturges and Sorcerers, lay back on his divan and put down the book he had been reading for the last thirty minutes. He could not remember a word he had read: his mind was too full of fizzing frustration and boredom.

The young mage bore the resounding title, ‘Mage Questor of the First Rank’, but, until he had completed his first Quest, this was only a courtesy. Although he wore the ornate, blue-gold ring denoting a Guild Mage, the absence of a gold ring on his staff, Redeemer, marked him as a rank tyro: a mage who had not completed even a single Quest. For the six months following his triumphal Ceremony of Acclamation, Grimm had waited for the call to prove himself a worthy Questor: at first, with eagerness; then with impatience; then with desperation.

Just over a year before, he had been a callow Neophyte, making slow but steady progress towards an uncertain vocation. Then came what he thought of as the Nightmare Time: the brutal Ordeal that had driven him to the very edge of the abyss of irrevocable insanity. Although Grimm did not know it at the time, this relentless torment had been intended to force him to access the inner powers that his tutor, Magemaster Crohn, saw within him. Where most mages took many decades of diligent study to reach their potential, those with the strength of mind and spirit to withstand the brutal Questor Ordeal matured while still young. Very few Neophytes were chosen, and fewer still prevailed. Grimm knew now his friend, the gentle, would-be entertainer, Erek Garan, had faced the same Ordeal and failed.

Erek had destroyed Senior Magemaster Urel with an uncontrolled blast of energy and then hanged himself. The tormented Neophyte had stared into the same chasm of madness as Grimm, but he had taken the last crucial, fatal step forward.

The young Questor looked around his opulent cell in the West Wing and sighed.
I almost lost my mind, too. I demolished a classroom and nearly killed Magemaster Crohn. Instead of killing myself, I ended up with a Guild Ring and a comfortable cell.

Grimm raised an imaginary glass. Here’s to you, Erek Garan. Wherever you are, I hope you found peace.

BOOK REVIEWS
"Author Alistair J. Archibald once again delivers the fascinating style and steady characterisations of A Mage in the Making. Readers will find themselves rapidly turning the pages as the plots and subplots race on, simultaneously turning back to reread favourite phrases and passages. Weapon of the Guild is a must-read and worthy of the keeper shelf. This reviewer can't wait for further installments in The Chronicles of Grimm Dragonblaster series." – Annie, Euro-Reviews


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“In reading fiction, we always look for someone we can relate to. It should not matter the age of the protagonist, but it should matter as to their humanity. Many a writer has, in these contemporary times, added flawed and damaged people with something decent about them so we do not become so repulsed by them, we can't stand to have them in our head. Unlike television, a book actually gets into your brain. It is there that we develop the image, the texture, the taste, and even smells and flavors if we are given such.
For such experiences do we crouch down into a favorite seat, shut out the world, and live among others. It is probably the closest thing we will have as humans of mind-to-mind connection. So the story has to be good, the character has to have enough goodness to allow us to live in their skin, and not leave us so sullied by it, we ourselves feel violated. So I introduce to you Weapon of the Guild, book 2 of The Chronicles of Grimm Dragonblaster, set to be a seven part series (or more?) by Mr. Archibald.
O.K. I've finished, Weapon Of The Guild. Now where is book three? (The Author himself has kindly informed me, March 2008 is the intended date of publication of book three.) Yeah, book two was that good. Grimm Dragonblaster has now grown from a skinny half-starved kid of around six or eight, kept on as a charity, and forced to become a Questor by The Ordeal because of the greed of the head school taskmaster... Weapon Of The Guild brings delightful characters and worthy friends for the journey and quest. How they survive and the cost, makes a riveting read as well as the cliffhanger that makes you hunger for book three.” - Reviewed by Nancy Louise, Novelspot


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1593748458
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593748456
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 402
Paper Weight (lb): 16.6



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