The Rogue Retrieval

By Dan Koboldt

In the culture of Terry Brooks' Landover sequence, Piers Anthony Xanth books, and Terry Pratchett's Discword novels, scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves ask yourself, humor, and center into his debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval.

Sleight of hand…in one other land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his personal exhibit at the Vegas Strip. And with expertise scouts within the viewers wowed through his most up-to-date functionality, he understands he’s approximately to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t anticipate is a proposal to head on a quest to a spot the place magic is all too real.

That's how he unearths himself in Alissia, a global attached to ours by means of a mystery portal owned by means of a strong company. He’s after an worker who has long past rogue, and that’s the least of his difficulties. Alissia has actual magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is dying. In a global the place even a twelve-year-old may beat Quinn in a swordfight, it is just an issue of time until eventually the tips up his sleeves run out.

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HOLT, “ALISSIA RETROSPECTIVE: FIFTEEN YEARS” bankruptcy 27 VEGAS desires Quinn Bradley had eventually arrived. For two decades, he’d dreamed of seeing his identify within the neon lighting of the Las Vegas Strip. Of taking the level at an enormous on line casino there, and becoming a member of the ranks of magic’s elite. Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Penn and Teller. He’d labored his ass off to get right here. Designing his personal methods, appearing seven nights every week, development his profile on-line and onstage. nonetheless, as he waited within the shadowy alcove behind the curtain, he fingered the stone pendant that hung from a silver chain below his blouse and wanted he have been extra fascinated about it.

He considers us a possibility. ” “What in regards to the half the place he jumps Alissian know-how forward via approximately years? ” Logan requested. “Or tells them in regards to the gateway? ” “He was once bluffing. ” “I don’t know,” Chaudri acknowledged. “Something’s diverse approximately him. I’m unsure what he will be prepared to do. ” “If we get him out fresh, he won’t have a chance,” Kiara acknowledged. “Don’t see how we’re going to do this, Lieutenant,” Logan stated. “The palace is a fort, and he’s bought �people shadowing us. If there’s a magician with them, all bets are off.

Then the muddy wave used to be on them. It swept over the again of the mare, approximately took the lieutenant out of her saddle. She shouted and spurred her mount, difficult. by some means the mare stumbled on a grip and surged out, dragging Logan with them. He dropped the bridle and threw himself again on his personal horse. They clattered away because the water surged up over the banks. 4 Landorian horsemen seemed at the some distance part and needed to wheel their horses to the aspect to prevent using in. That used to be a few reliable horsemanship. trees and detritus rushed previous within the heavy present.

You have got a wierd manner of conversing, Quinn,” the magician stated. “You’re now not from Valteron, are you? ” “You didn’t inform me your name,” Quinn groused. “You may possibly name me Moric. ” “I have a number of different issues I’d relatively name you. ” The magician didn’t appear to circulate, yet a burning sensation lashed throughout Quinn’s wrists. He cried out, rubbing them opposed to his chest. “That’s in your impertinence,” Moric acknowledged. “You shouldn’t converse that technique to magicians. really after masquerading as one. ” He went chilly while he heard that.

He got rid of his helmet, revealing a surprise of pink hair. He even had the mustache and beard to compare. “Staff Sergeant Rupert of the Landorian Royal Corps. ” “Lieutenant—­” Logan stated below his breath. “Let her roll with it,” she muttered again. no longer that he had a lot of a choice—­Chaudri used to be already in complete swing. “Thank you, employees Sergeant. and that i have fun with what you and your males are doing to maintain the border secure. You needn’t fear approximately us, in spite of the fact that. We’re Felarans and on our means domestic. ” “Why no longer the southern go?

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