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Alaric Swifthand
Steve Lazarowitz
Publisher: http://www.crossroadspub.com
Download US$3.95, CD US$9.95
Genre: Action Fantasy

Reviewed By: E.L. Noel

Alaric Mason, a light-hearted young man possessed of more skill than motivation, finds his life turned upside down when the woman he is forbidden to love is murdered. Theona, Baron Kelracís daughter, is found dead, her throat cut, and Alaric is accused. Forced to leave his home of Modron, Alaric sets out on a series of adventures and soon earns his new name: Alaric Swifthand. As he runs for his life, without hope and alone, he finds a magic sword that does more than meets the eye, a sword with an agenda of its own. Along the way, he meets a cast of original and entertaining characters; Graham, the giant; assassins, trained and skillful killers who wield magic to aid them in their dire pursuits; the Drintu, a rat-people who live beneath the earth; the undead, and a necromancer wizard whose power Alaric can never hope to beat.

The story is filled with wonderful surprises; locked chests, golden keys, wicked princes, lovely ladies who arenít always who they appear to be, and one who knows more about the thieves guild then a lady should. Alas, although Alaric is a masterful swordsman and warrior, his luck in love fails to match his prowess in battle.

From the depths of the Labyrinth of Kerrenar to the Dangling Dagger and its ghostly inhabitants at the entrance to the Cavern of Longing, Steve Lazarowitz takes his readers on a wild ride of adventure. In the words of Alaric Swifthand, "Adventures happen. You have to deal with them..." And Steve Lazarowitz deals with them in a highly entertaining fashion. He is a master of the cliffhanger, and has created a real page-turner in Alaric Swifthand. Clever and witty, written in a light, entertaining voice, Alaric Swifthand is a story any lover of fantasy or adventure wonít want to miss.

Reviewer E. L. Noel is the award winning author of The Threshing Floor


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Alaric Swifthand
Steve Lazarowitz