The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga Book 1)
Brian S. Pratt
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“Want to be a mage? Then do we have the job for you…”
Sounds great for a veteran role-player. When on-the-job training entails battling demons, learning magic through trial and error, and living in a world without toilet paper, things could get rough. But to be dropped in the middle of a forest and having to do it on your own with no instruction…welcome to James’ world.
It all gets started when his grandfather suggests to James, a young man on the verge of graduating high school, that he check out the following advertisement for a job.
“Magic! Real Magic! Ever wanted to learn? We require someone with intelligence and a disciplined mind. Those well versed in fantasy novels and role playing games a plus. May need to travel.”
Sounded like the perfect job for a veteran role-player and avid fantasy reader. James had no idea he’d be whisked to another world, completely cut off from friends and family. Arriving in a meadow in the middle of a forest, he’s greeted by a creature not entirely human. He was then told three things:
Magic works here…
Don’t try to go home…
Get to the village of Trendle…
Then the creature vanished.
Which way was Trendle? Where was he? What might inhabit the forest that will seek his ruination? These were but a few of the questions needing to be unraveled.
Alone with only his wits and knowledge gleaned from hundreds of books and dungeon campaigns, he started out just trying to survive. He soon learned that one mistake, one lapse in judgment could mean his death.
Not long after arriving, he made the acquaintance of Miko, a street-wise kid who quickly became his friend and companion. Little did he know that the strength within this child from the streets of Bearn, a strength that would be tested again and again as they waded through battle after battle, delved in hidden passages deep beneath the earth, and faced off against an the might of an Empire, would be invaluable in the trials ahead.
The Unsuspecting Mage is the first book of The Morcyth Saga, a seven book epic fantasy adventure. It follows James as he seeks first to master the art of magic then to uncover the reason why he had been brought to this strange new world where armies are on the move and gods meddle in the affairs of men.
proceeded on again, riding quickly until it grew too dark to see. They made camp, staking the horse out near them. “We’ll take turns keeping watch.” “Alright,” agreed Miko. “Do you want me to go first?” “No, I’m not that tired,” he replied. “You go ahead and sleep. I’ll wake you when it’s your turn.” Miko settled in and was soon asleep. James watched the stars overhead, marveling how different they were from the ones at home. At midnight he woke Miko for his turn. “Now don’t fall asleep,”
survive.” Giving him a reassuring grin, he told Miko that he would be fine. He took the water bottle and drained most of it. He popped the berries in his mouth one at a time while he gazed out over the water. Soon his headache had been reduced to a manageable throb. Miko had the horse ready for travel by the time James finished and felt ready for travel. He extended his hand and aided James in getting to his feet and then onto the horse. He swung up behind him and rested his head against his
another. “Don’t need any help,” Jiron said to Tinok with a grin. “Sorry,” Tinok replied, “I’ll try not to save your life next time.” His knives flashed and another soldier fell to the floor. For a moment there was a pause as no more soldiers came through the opening. Tinok turned to James. “Alright Mr. Mage, you got any ideas?” James suddenly realized that he had been watching the fighting, awestruck at the relative ease in which they dispatched the soldiers instead of figuring a way out.
bet.” Taking in the two lads before him, the man didn’t seem to think too much of them. “How much are you looking to spend?” “Three silvers,” answered Reneeke. “Three silvers?” asked the man with a laugh. “Three silvers won’t even get you a scabbard, and a used one at that.” “How about a spear?” asked Reneeke. Turning to his friend, he said, “We’re pretty good with those.” “Son, there is nothing in this shop that can be had for three silvers. Not for both of you at any rate.” “But we need a
you’ve saved mine.” Ceryn said goodbye to Corbin and his family. He then headed out the door to the stables where he readied his horse for the ride into town. Mary and the girls showed James to his room where he found his backpack and spear already resting in a corner. Devin must have put them there when he took care of the wagon. The room was rather small. James sat on the edge of the bed and found it quite soft and comfortable. The furnishings were sparse, with a bed, nightstand and a squat