QSFer Andrew Q. Gordon has just released his “Champion of the Gods series in a new box set.
It took the Seven to create the world, each to rule their own. Until one wanted to control it all.
In the Great War of ancient times the God of Death sought to rule the world. He almost succeeded, but the Champion of the Six, destroyed the bridge into the world and closed the Eight Gates of Neblor. Some thought forever.
But he returned.
His servant, Meglar, surprised his enemies and all the great wizards who opposed him. The Six chose a new Champion to save the world. Young and untested, Farrell struggles to unite those who oppose the God of Death. With each confrontation, however, his task seems ever more impossible.
Farrell completed his somersault and drained power from the silver bracelets. Rose-colored energy swirled around him and formed a galloping centaur that enveloped him in its protective embrace. He fed the shield enough energy to keep him safe from all but the strongest attacks. Enough, he hoped, to reach the trapped Northhelm warriors.
His jaw tightened as he spotted a small knot of low-grade wizards standing back from the fight. Of all Meglar’s people, he despised the Chamdon handlers the most. He planned to make the cowards pay.
Following the orders given, the warped creatures charged Northhelm’s defenders with a frenzied abandon. Killing the handlers wouldn’t stop the attack, but it would prevent anyone from redirecting the Chamdon toward him. Not to mention it made him feel better.
Rounding toward the handlers, he fired balls of energy at the unprepared men. Wizard’s fire striking flesh never ended well for those hit. Today was no exception. The hail of blood and body pieces sizzled on contact with the energy protecting him. Too bad the fight didn’t end with their deaths.
Locked into carrying out their last command, the Chamdon ignored his approach. Exploiting this weakness, Farrell sent short, deadly blasts of green energy at their rear, tossing bodies out of his path. Racing into the gap, he felt the expected attacks.
Snarling like feral dogs, the creatures barely resembled the humans they’d been before Meglar twisted them with dark magic. A Chamdon, its dark, blank eyes devoid of any trace of humanity or reason, locked its gaze with his, then carried out its order and attacked. Blasting the beast before it reached him, Farrell ended its tortured existence.
Attacks hit his armor like rocks. None threatened to harm him, but each one slowed his approach, if only a little. A claw snagged the air, nipping part of his rear flank. The hand vaporized on contact, but it sapped his momentum again. He couldn’t let himself be stopped, not in the middle of the sea of Chamdon between him and the warriors. Even his centaur armor wouldn’t protect him indefinitely.
Racing full out, he plunged deeper into their ranks. As fast as he ran, Farrell didn’t escape unscathed. His exposed flanks bore the brunt of the attacks from those he tried to slip past. A dead Chamdon fell backward, causing him to stumble. The small stutter slowed him just enough for two creatures to his left to leap for his legs. Bracing for another stumble, he watched as five red energy unicorns overtook him, churning the Chamdon into the dirt.
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
Since devouring The Lord of the Rings as a preteen, he has been a fan of all things fantastical. His imagination has helped him create works of high fantasy, paranormal thrills and touch of the futuristic. He also writes the occasional contemporary story.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband of twenty-five years. Together they are raising their daughter and three dogs. Andrew tries to squeeze writing time in around his most important jobs, being husband and ‘Papa.’ Along with teaching how to kick a soccer ball or ride a scooter, he has become fluent in cartoon characters and children’s books. To find out more about Andrew, his writing and his family, follow him on his website or on Facebook.
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