Song of Ages Previews -Wilf Kellehr Jones
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                    the heft and the edge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     10/6/2020

 

 

 

 

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           A SONG OF AGES        Previews                                                             


A black stone stood at the head of the valley.   Letters of an antique script, weathered by time but visible still, cut deep into the surface. For common men the legend was unreadable, and yet the signal stone retained a power to daunt even the bravest. 
Seama followed the words with a learned eye. It was a form of Ancient Medean written here. The figures had  long ago been traced and studied and the script deciphered. A translation had been made by Captolinux of Thibes in 1336AF.
Seama recited the verse aloud as if it were a spell or a prayer. It served only to remind him  of the peril that lay ahead. He laid a hand upon the pillar. It was sharp cold to the touch, the warning thrilled through his fingertips, but the passing urge to turn and flee barely troubled him. 
It was not that the stone failed in its purpose, but for Seama Beltom, and he alone, 
this message from the far past had an alternate power. It was for him a summons -  and his response inevitable.
Seama stepped away from the stone and threw back his cloak, defying cold reality. Why should he not?  Welcoming the challenge, he strode onwards into the forbidden pass of Kentreth’s Grave. 

The gods of the Earth had another name for that valley. It cut through everything they knew  and everything they were.
They kept the name safe upon a time of choosing.


The Best of Men

         Chapters available to sample
         are underlined:

        Part 1  COINCIDENT

          Geografia

    The Burning Book

    Visionary
                          (a)   (b)   (c)

    Black Company
                          (a)   (b)

    Heartland
                          (a)   (b)

    Disorderly Behaviour
                          (a)   (b)

    Children of the Ruins

    Blood, Blight & Ballistics
                          (a)   (b)   (c)

    Feeding the Fishes

    Living Legend
                          (a)   (b)

    Living Myth
                          (a)   (b)

    Kentreth’s Grave

    Isolde

    Booty

    Trouble in the Market Place

    An Extraction

    A Trip Upriver
                         (a)    (b)   (c)

    An Island in the Sun
                         (a)    (b)   (c)

    The Kingdom of Halfi
                         (a)    (b)

    Passage 
                         (a)    (b)   (c)

    Demonography
                         (a)    (b)   (c)

     

    Part 2  INTRUSIONS

    The Creation and Beginning
    of Strife

    Tea and Toasted Rabbit
                         (a)   (b)

    Found and Lost

    Mixed Reception

    Ancient History

    Baked it Black

    The Siege of Eternity

    Sortie

    Bangers and Mash

    The Sword of Ages

 

    Part 3   The Evil That Men Do

    Part 4   Lessons in Conflict

 

      
     
    

 

 
            I Cantaro
            Aetaticum
            en
            Haslem

 

 

Heed my words,
Chiefs of men!
Let not thy children,
Strong or frail,
Seek out my grave.

It is forbidden
To mortal men.
Death or damnation
Be their course
If my words are forgotten.

This is no curse,
Take heed of my warning:
Only the Sayoshant
Will pass unscathed
To say a prayer at my grave.
 

 


The Twist Inside

 

    Part 1  ABOMINATIONS

    Parley

    Unwanted Gift

    Affairs of the Heart

    False Horizons

    Evermind

    The Tale of Lost Lenore

    Nostrums and Narrywigs

    Hard News

    Nai’vedya

    Assets and Losses

    Into the City of Offerings

    Bloodstone

 

    Part 2   INVENTIONS

    Intercourse

    Mortal Remains

    Mortal Enemies

    Indiscretion

    Out of Her Stays

    Perpetual Motion

    Restoration

    Normal Life

    Beyond Decency

    Mysteries & Assumptions

    Garassa

    Lying Low

    A Severance

    Kreet’s Yard

 

 

THE BEST OF MEN

SONG OF AGES
 v.1

An epic fantasy of monsters, gods, warriors and wizards, of heedless villains and decent everyday people.

Available as a Paperback Original
here
at 17.99 / $22

and as a kindle edtion
now at 4.60 / $ 5.99
here

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ABOMINATIONS

pt 1 of The Twist Inside

is available as a kindle  edition
at 2.25 / $2.99
here

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Wilf Kelleher Jones
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A Song of Ages