A fresh collection of exhilarating fantasy tales

Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — In a land full of magical creatures, where dragons fly overhead threatening to unleash death on anyone who gets in their way, and danger lurks in every shadow. In a world with its own rules, threats and resolutions, a group of adventurers seeking different paths in life embark on unpredictable journeys to the truth. It is this exciting world that author John Ricks has created in his new book, “Sword and Sorcery: Short Stories Book 1” (published by iUniverse).

Ricks’ new book tells the adventures of a Bard, a man who has just lost his entire family to a group of savage adventurers. As he arrives at an inn to rest, the guests beg him to play his harp. When he begins, his songs tell of his sadness – and a secret that leads to a vengeful act like no other.

After a druid demands payment from a king for cutting into his forest, the king vows revenge, but not before his daughter attempts to stop him. But little does she know that she is the one the druid wants for payment.

As a gladiator stands guard in a royal arena and waits for a battle to the death to begin, he wears no armor, for it is when he becomes invisible that he possesses the most power.

In this compilation of fantasy tales set in a land where creatures eat humans and villagers fight orcs, everyone is about to discover that circumstances are not what they seem.

“In today’s society we are often stuck in a place where we don’t want to be, bored to death with our jobs and lives,” Ricks explains. “This is a gateway, away from the everyday, away from the tedium, away from this life.”

About the Author John Ricks is a technical writer and veteran of the United States Navy, where he spent 20 years traveling the world. His degrees in liberal arts and management, extensive reading and travel experience provide him with unlimited fuel for fantasy and science fiction dreams. Ricks is the author of two Freddy Anderson Chronicles novels.

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