The Ventifact Colossus (The Heroes of Spira) (Volume 1)

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Banished to an otherworldly prison for centuries, the monstrous Emperor Naradawk is about to break free and wreak havoc upon the world of Spira. The archmage Abernathy can no longer keep the monster at bay, and has summoned a collection of would-be heroes to help set things right.
Surely he made a mistake. These can't be the right people. 
Dranko is priest-turned-pickpocket, expelled from his church for his antics. Kibilhathur is a painfully shy craftsman who speaks to stones. Aravia is a wizard's apprentice whose intellect is eclipsed only by her arrogance. Ernest is a terrified baker's son. Morningstar is a priestess forbidden from daylight. Tor is a young nobleman with attention issues. Ysabel is an elderly farm woman. Grey Wolf is a hard-bitten mercenary. 
None of them are qualified to save the world, but they'll have to do. Even Abernathy himself seems uncertain as to why he chose them. 
What starts with a simple scouting mission soon spirals into something more far-reaching and sinister. The heroes will contest with dream warriors, evil cultists, sentient gemstones, and a devious yet infuriatingly polite gentleman with a perfect mustache, on their way to a desperate encounter with the unstoppable: The Ventifact Colossus. 
The Ventifact Colossus is Book One of The Heroes of Spira.  Book 2, The Crosser's Maze, is now available.

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About the Author:

Dorian Hart graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in creative writing. This led circuitously to a 20-year career as a video game designer, where he contributed to many award-winning titles including Thief, System Shock, System Shock 2, BioShock, and Card Hunter. He is also the author of the interactive novella Choice of the Star Captain.

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(5 Star Review) "I always appreciate humor in a story, and Hart implemented this aspect very well... The narrative is flawless, appropriately paced, and not confusingly profound, compared to some fantasy fiction... The plot has some great twists and the epilogue will pique readers' curiosity. This is a great start for The Heroes of Spira and I look forward to Book Two." - Readers' Favorite

(5 Star Review) "...this book is a joy to read. It's got interesting, well-developed characters; a soundly constructed plot; inventive fantasy; lots of humour; and excellent writing." - Catherine Griffin, Book Blogger at ingeniouscat.co.uk

Top-ranked book in the Fantasy category of ReadFree.ly's 2015-16 "50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading" list, and the 9th ranked book overall.

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