The mute elven archer known only as Killer; Azyrin, a half Winter-orc shaman and his human swordswoman bride, Makha; Drake, the charming, swashbuckling rogue; The fireball-slinging pixie-goblin, Rahiel, and her mini-unicorn, Bill.
These are the Gryphonpike Companions.
This omnibus collects the first four novellas in the Gryphonpike Chronicles: "Witch Hunt:" Arriving in Strongwater Barrow, the Companions find the town riddled with plague and death. Ending the curse and saving the survivors means going into the swamps where monsters lurk and witches wait. Sounds like exactly their kind of day.
"Twice Drowned Dragon:" On route to the town of Coldragon, the Companions find a peaceful monastery threatened by necromantic evil and get a chance to answer an important question: How many times can you kill a dragon?
"A Stone's Throw:" A magical scabbard and a hundred year old story send the companions down into the caverns beneath the Barrowlands. Surviving the caverns and finding the legendary rapier will test Killer's friendship with the roguish Drake. Far more than half-truths and forgotten stories lurk in the dark beneath their feet.
"Dead of Knight:" As the Companions travel across the Barrows to join up with the High Road again, a terrible and unnatural earthquake unleashes an ancient evil on the quiet town of Fallbarrow. An undead army gathers and hellspawn await to destroy Killer and all she now holds dear. Can the cleverness, magics, battle-fury, and determination of the Gryphonpike Companions hope to stand against the Saliidruin and the powerful Death Knight leading them?
©2011 AnneMarie Buhl (P)2013 AnneMarie Buhl
These are fun shorts by Annie Bellet. The use of words for old world weapons was cool. I found only one or two mishaps by the narrator. Otherwise, fun character voices and storyline.
It would be great if the author lengthened the stories a bit, though it doesn't look like the author has any recent additions to this series beyond these 4 stories. Bummer.
I felt the story and plot were good, so I would be interested in more by Annie Bellet. On the other hand, the reader was a total turn off for me and totally aggravating.
I felt that her mispronunciation, and off pauses - sometime even sing-song tone took away from the book itself.
I really did like the characters and the action.
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