291735Go on an adventure of course, and take out anyone who gets in your way. That’s pretty much Azure Bonds, first in the Finder’s Stone trilogy by Kate Novak.  It was a little bit hard to get into at first, most of the dialogue was the characters arguing over what to do and running about the cities without accomplishing much.  But once it got going, the story finally got interesting.

A prideful bard who wanted his name and music to live on forever pushed the boundaries of magic and sanity to create the perfect vessel for his songs.  After his experiments cost two wizards their lives, the bard was locked away and striped of his memories.  But such a successful attempt to create life cannot be buried forever.

Alais is a woman with no memory and no past, a tattoo on her arm the only clue to she is.  So the swords woman embarks on a quest with a wizard, a reptilian paladin, a thieving halfling bard and a vicious red dragon to defeat and ancient god and his human conspirators.

Well, two ancient gods really, plus a sorceress, a lich, and an organization of assassins.

Now how is that boring?  Alais even met up with Elminster in disguise and he aids her in the end of her quest.  But talking and walking can only be interesting for so long…

Ah well. Onward and upwards.  Wyern’s Spur, book two in the Finders Stone is next.

201380More than a hunk of junk, the Wyvern’s Spur has moldered in a crypt for fifteen generations until now. The Wyvernspur family’s powerful heirloom has been stolen, and grand wizard and patriarch Drone Wyvernspur is the first to fall to the ancient item’s curse.

The family fool, Giogi, is left to find it, but even recovering the spur cannot guarantee his clan’s safety. Fortunately, the famous halfling bard Olive Ruskettle and a mysterious and talented mage named Cat are determined to help. But when betrayal and enchantment threaten Giogi’s progress, he must invoke the spur’s awesome might . . . or become its next victim!