Amazing Stories from the World of Aetaltis
More than three hundred years have passed since the fall of the Atlan Alliance, and the people of Aetaltis have finally brought order to their fractured world. Fledgling nations have grown into powerful kingdoms, thriving merchant states have re-established old trade routes, and the priests of the Enaros have rebuilt their great temples.
But in this time of hope, the shadow of an ancient evil has emerged from the darkness to threaten the world once again.
Discover a new world of adventure in this collection of pulse-pounding stories written by some of the greatest fantasy authors alive. From the vine enshrouded ruins of a lost jungle temple to the seedy back alleys of the villainous city of Port Vale, experience the thrill of heroic fantasy with these gripping tales of action and adventure.
About the Authors
Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of forty fantasy and horror novels including Pathfinder Tales: Called to Darkness, Blind God’s Bluff, an urban fantasy novel, and The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV, the latest in a series of books set in the Forgotten Realms universe. His novel The Spectral Blaze won Diehard GameFAN’s award for the Best Game-Based Novel of 2011.
Richard is also the creator of The Impostor, a post-apocalyptic superhero eBook series. He has published dozens of short stories, some of which are collected in the eBooks The Plague Knight and Other Stories and The Q Word and Other Stories. He reviews horror films for the Dirge Magazine website.
Larry Correia is a New York Times bestselling fantasy novelist. His first novel, Monster Hunter International, despite being self-published, reached the Entertainment Weekly bestseller list in April 2008, after which he received a publishing contract with Baen Books. Monster Hunter International was re-released in 2009 and was on the Locus bestseller list in November 2009. The sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, was a New York Times bestseller. The third book in the series, Monster Hunter Alpha, was released in July 2011 and was also a New York Times bestseller. Correia was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new science fiction/fantasy writer of 2011. Larry's latest Monster Hunter novel, Monster Hunter Nemesis, is due out in July 2014. monsterhunternation.com
Elaine Cunningham is an American fantasy and science fiction author, especially known for her almost poetic literary style. Her contributions to the Forgotten Realms campaign world include the realms of Evermeet, Halruaa, Rashemen, Ruathym and Waterdeep.
Amongst Elaine's most popular characters are the half-elf Arilyn Moonblade, the bard Danilo Thann, the quirky drow wizard Liriel Baenre, her companion the Rashemi berserker Fyodor, and Elaith "The Serpent" Craulnober (created by Ed Greenwood).
Erin M. Evans
ERIN M. EVANS got a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis—and promptly stuck it in a box. Nowadays she uses that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. She is the author of several Forgotten Realms novels, including Brimstone Angels, Lesser Evils, The Adversary, and Fire in the Blood. She lives in Washington State with her husband and son.
David Farland is a New York Times bestselling author who has penned over fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Along the way, he has also worked as a creative writing instructor, as a videogame designer, as a screenwriter, and as a movie producer. Over the years, many of his students have gone on to publish with tremendous success, including New York Times Bestsellers like Stephanie Meyer, Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, James Dashner, Dan Wells, Eric Flint, Sean Williams, and many others.
Dave has won numerous awards for his fiction, including the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award, the Whitney Award for best novel of the year, the International Book Award for best young adult novel of the year, and the Hollywood Book Festival’s Book of the Year Award, among others He currently works as the lead judge for the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy writing contest, teaches writing workshops, and is finishing the last book in his New York Times bestselling Runelords series
Ed Greenwood is a Canadian-born fantasy writer and the original creator of the Forgotten Realms game world. He began writing articles about the Forgotten Realms for Dragon magazine beginning in 1979, and subsequently sold the rights to the setting to TSR, the creators of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, in 1986. He has written many Forgotten Realms novels, as well as numerous articles and D&D game supplement books. theedverse.com
Dave Gross is the author of the Radovan & the count novels for Pathfinder Tales, including Prince of Wolves, Master of Devils, Queen of Thorns, and King of Chaos. For the Iron Kingdoms setting, he wrote The Devil’s Pay and Dark Convergence. Dave’s also written short stories in various Forgotten Realms anthologies. His first full-length novel was Black Wolf, followed by the final volume of the Sembia series, Lord of Stormweather. He has since written for a variety of other fiction anthologies and game projects, including Tales of the Far West, Shotguns v. Cthulhu, The Lion and the Aardvark, and a little series pitch in Robin D. Laws’ Hillfolk. frabjousdave.com
John Helfers spent sixteen years working at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), where he co-edited more than twenty short story anthologies. He has published more than forty-five of his own short stories including stories written in the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. His most recent nonfiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion (co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl) a guide to the science fictional world of Lois McMaster Bujold, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. In 2010, the Shadowrun anthology Spells & Chrome won the Origin Award for Best Game- Related Product. Recent work includes the novel Warlock II: The Great Mage Game and a short story in the military fantasy anthology Shattered Shields.
Steven S. Long
Steve has been a roleplaying game designer for twenty years. As a freelancer or full-time employee, he has worked for many of the RPG industry’s most prominent companies, including Last Unicorn Games, Decipher, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Wizards Of The Coast, White Wolf Game Studios, and more. He's best known for his work with the HERO System — from 2001-2011 he served as HERO System Line Developer, during which time he wrote and/or edited over 100 RPG supplements. He's currently publishing more HERO System material as a licensee. stevenslong.com
Melanie R. Meadors
A writer of speculative fiction and lover of geeky things, Melanie R. Meadors lives in central Massachusetts, in a one hundred-year-old house full of quirks and surprises. She's been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on on more than one occasion.
Her short fiction has been published in Circle Magazine, The Wheel, and Prick of the Spindle, and has consistently received honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest. She was a finalist in the Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest in 2014. She’s a publicist with Market or Die Author Services and Publicity Coordinator at Ragnarok Publications. She is also a regular contributor to the GeekMom website.
Mel Odom has published more than 140 books. He is best known for his novels of science fiction and fantasy, including books for Forgotten Realms and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Shadowrun, Hellgate: London, Might & Magic, Diablo, and more. One of his best known fantasy novels is The Rover (2001), which in 2002 won the Alex Award, an American Library Association award given to novels written for adults that would also appeal to young readers. Three sequels have appeared since then: Destruction of the Books (2004), Lord of the Libraries (2005), and The Quest for the Trilogy (2007). melodom.com
Jean Rabe has written more than two-dozen novels, including books for Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and BattleTech. She's edited more than a dozen anthologies and written numerous short stories, including three stories for the Star Wars Adventure Journal. For a time, Jean worked for TSR, Inc. and was the Director of the RPGA, wrote articles for Dragon magazine, and both wrote and edited gaming modules for Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World. jeanrabe.com
Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 150+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com. Her short story, Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain, from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. Her first novel, Beasts of Tabat, appeared this year from Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca J Moesta's Wordfire Press.
Aaron Rosenberg is the author of the best-selling DuckBob series (consisting of No Small Bills, Too Small for Tall, and Three Small Coinkydinks), the Dread Remora space-opera series and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-in work contains novels for Star Trek, Warhammer, WarCraft, and Eureka. He has written children’s books (including the original series Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles, the award-winning Bandslam: The Junior Novel, and the #1 best-selling 42: The Jackie Robinson Story), educational books on a variety of topics, and over seventy roleplaying games (such as the original games Asylum, Spookshow, and Chosen, work for White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight, Pinnacle, and many others, and both the Origins Award-winning Gamemastering Secrets and the Gold ENnie-winning Lure of the Lich Lord). He is the co-creator of the ReDeus series, and one of the founders of Crazy 8 Press. Aaron lives in New York with his family.
Lucy A. Snyder
Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the urban fantasy novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress,Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and a Hellraiser tie-in anthology. lucysnyder.com
Marc Tassin is the creator of Aetaltis and the author of more than a dozen published short stories. His stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, including titles from DAW Books. Marc has also written for video games and role-playing games, with work appearing in products from Shadowrun and Dragon Magazine.
Elizabeth Vaughan is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Warlands Series, including Warprize, Warsworn, Warlord, Dagger Star, White Star, and Destiny's Star. Elizabeth has also written many short stories, with her work appearing in many anthologies, including Elemental Magic and Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters, both edited by Mercedes Lackey. eavwrites.com