The Adventurer King

Cover image for The Adventurer King by K. A. Cook. Cover features a red leather-bound journal sitting on a wood panel background, like that of a tabletop or floor, with the text sitting on top of the book image in a gold fantasy-style handdrawn type. Objects sit on top of the book cover: a blue pen with a gold nib dripping ink, a screwed-up piece of white paper, a cream scroll with a green seal, a cream and silver compass, and a piece of rope. A grey single-edged sword blade sits underneath the book, and black handdrawn type atop the blade reads "an efe and darius story". The images have a cartoony, vectory feel.A sequel to [Certain Eldritch Artefacts] and prequel to [The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March]. The Adventurer King takes place seven years before Tes arrives at the College.

Seven years ago, Darius Liviu met a talking sword belt in the Great Souk, an eldritch being who changed his life forever. In that time, he has learnt something of the sword, mastered strange magic and survived dangerous jobs, but while he has friends in Rajad, he still feels out of place—too divergent to be welcomed and accepted as mercenary and magician.

When an unexpected meeting with potential employers goes wrong, his first instinct is to flee. But a wandering monarch, Efe Kadri, has an offer that might provide the certainty for which Darius has been searching, if only he has the courage to say yes…

The original version of the story, written in the early days of Kit March, can be found [here]. Please note that it has undergone substantial changes before publication.

Vendors: [Smashwords]

(Also available through Barnes and Noble, Apple/iBooks and Kobo.)

Formats: [PDF] | [EPUB]

Series Master Page: [Marchverse Short Stories]

 

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