Vettius and His Friends

by David Drake
Release date: 1989
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, horror, short stories

A collection of short stories.


  • Source Materials: By Way of Introduction
  • The False Prophet
  • Black Iron
  • The Mantichore
  • The Shortest Way
  • From the Dark Waters
  • Nemesis Place
  • Dragons' Teeth
  • The Barrow Troll
  • Killer (with Karl Edward Wagner)
  • Ranks of Bronze
  • Dreams in Amber
  • King Crocodile


For centuries, Rome has ruled the most diverse grouping of races and cultures ever under a single domination.


Sorcerous powers as black as Time itself are gathering barbarian axemen to shatter Roman peace into endless chaos.


VETTIUS: A soldier as ruthless as the age demands.

DAMA: A merchant with wit, wealth, and courage.

They will do whatever they have to, for friendship and for the cause they serve. Wizards' blood runs as red as any other on the edges of their swords.

updated 2012-09-22

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