Fantasy writer James Maxwell, author of the Evermen Saga, brings you a standalone collection of seven stories.
Apprentice enchantress, Evora Guinestor, is summoned to a mysterious meeting with Master Zoran. Her suspicions are confirmed when her two rival apprentices have also been summoned: it's time for Master Zoran to name his successor.
But along with her rivals Evora is shocked when Master Zoran announces a contest. In three days, the apprentice who demonstrates the most powerful magic with the fewest number of words to call forth its power will be named a master.
Evora will need to use every trick at her disposal to win the contest.
Her mind turns to the mysterious seven words of power...
And in the end, she will be in danger of her very life.
James Maxwell is a science fiction and fantasy author. Born in New Zealand and educated in Australia, from a young age he was influenced by the fantasy classics (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack Vance, Weis & Hickman, David Gemmell, Robert Jordan) before moving on to science fiction (Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov) and then historical fiction (Wilbur Smith, Ken Follett).
At age 11 he used his parents' MS-DOS computer (with its shiny 20MB hard drive) to teach himself programming, and also to write a 40,000 word fantasy novelette. A year later, aged 12, he attended his first writer's workshop, a three day writer's camp, working with published Australian authors and learning about the industry and the craft. Unfortunately, as yet, ... (more)