Title: THE ADVENTURER'S GUILD
Author: Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos
Pub. Date: October 3, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild . . . Their members often died young.
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly charming son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.
Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-including Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series by talented duo Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with a dash of snark.
FOCUSING ON THE KIDS:
Fire was everywhere: in the air, on the ground, in Zed’s hand. Tongues of flame licked hungrily from between his fingers. It ate the poisonous cloud like a starving thing. The kobolds screeched as they were caught within the blast. Zed saw the dark smudges of their bodies thrown through the air.
Flame was all around him, but he didn’t feel it. Instead he felt . . . great. Strong. Confident. The staff pulsed contently in his grip.
And then it all faded.
The flames guttered out, dying just as quickly as they were born. The wooden staff cracked in half in Zed’s hand, splintering into two distinct pieces. He looked down at them and saw that the ends had been singed black. Zed raised his eyes.
In fact, everything around him was black. He was sitting in the center of a smoldering ring. The ground within the circle was charred and burning. Smoke streamed from the edges.
The two kobolds that had been hit by the blast were smoking lumps, tossed several feet away. Only Zed himself was left untouched by the flame.
He found Brock’s gaze. He, Jett, and Liza were watching him with wide eyes and open mouths.
“Zed?” Brock called unsurely.
Liza found herself first. She glanced back at the kobold mage. The creature let out a furious shriek and raised its scepter into the air again.
“It’s trying to cast!” Liza yelled. She threw herself forward, pressing her shoulder into the back of the shield. Girl met beast with a metallic clang! Girl won.
As it was bashed backward, the kobold dropped its scepter. Jett stepped forward to the instrument, raised his maul high in the air, and brought it down hard upon the red stone. There was only a flicker of bloody light as the rock was pulverized.
The kobold, clever enough to realize it had lost, leaped to its feet and beat a howling retreat into the trees. Zed tried to follow it with his eyes, but lost the green scales in the forest soon enough.
The four apprentices stood alone in the woods, breathing raggedly.
Then Liza turned around to face the others. It was the first time Zed had ever seen her smile.
“That,” she huffed, “was amazing!”
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ZACK LORAN CLARK and NICK ELIOPULOS grew up in Florida and now live in New York. Best friends, they get together to play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real; Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. The Adventurers Guild is their first novel.
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