|Joshua Robertson is an ambitious writer who enjoys devising flash fiction, short stories, poems, children’s books, and epic fantasy novels. Joshua is the author of the transitional children’s book, Bo Bunny and the Trouble. He is also the author of the dark fantasy novel, Melkorka, in the Thrice Nine Legends series. A tabletop game based off of the novel and world, called Thrice Nine Legends, is set to be released in 2015.
Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his spouse and children. His ancestry is primarily Slavic and Scottish, which is often recognized in his fantasy writings. He lives his life with the purpose of enhancing each moment, seeking happiness and connection. Joshua enjoys writing, teaching, reading and traveling. His philosophy is that life is an adventure worth experiencing.
Synopsis of A Midwinter Sellsword
A bastard child of a noble family escaped the subterranean city after being enslaved to the gladiator pits. After being lured into the daunting political games, will he ever find his freedom again?
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Excerpt from A Midwinter Sellsword by Joshua Robertson
“Mr. Gunther, is the place you know close to here?”
“Nothing in Hawkhurst is close,” Argus said. His words were honest. The city was built in layers, from top to bottom, from rich to poor, from free man to slave. It would take several hours to walk from one end to the other.
“Then we have plenty of time to talk. Maybe you could tell me of the Eadfel. My friends and I speak about it often in Galoroth.”
Argus scratched his bald head. It was hard for him to believe she had any friends as much as she talked.
“I rather walk in silence.”
“Indulge me, Mr. Gunther.”
Argus swallowed, feeling as though he were at the mercy of a spoiled brat who had never had a good spanking. It was difficult to simply argue with such a person without cutting out their tongue.
Unfortunately, killing her was not part of the plan. He yielded. “The Eadfel is the name for the political estrangement or interrelation that occurs between the leading families in the city.”
“Any simpleton could tell me that. Is it not a game?”
Argus winced, “If games end in poverty, slavery, or death, then yes – it is a game.”
Astrid crooned with a bounce in her step, “It sounds horridly delightful.”
Synopsis of Melkorka
Kaelandur was forged by the Highborn to slay one of their own, Nedezhda Mager. As their slave, Branimir Baran never thought to question his cruel masters until he is forced to take part in the execution. His actions begin a chain of events that will lead him to confront demons, cannibals, and himself as he is forced to question his own morality and the true meaning of good and evil.
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I loved the excerpt, and I’m a fan of Joshua’s work. Melkorka was fantastic. I can’t wait for book two!