Act of Will (Tor Fantasy) by A.J. Hartley

By A.J. Hartley

Act of Will is a boisterous fable event that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the specialists in simple terms to discover himself inextricably guaranteed to a bunch of high-minded adventurers on a perilous undertaking. Will travels with them to a far off land the place they're charged with the research and defeat of a ruthless military of mystical horsemen, who look out of the mist leaving loss of life and devastation of their wake.In the process Will's uneasy alliance together with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic brain to just accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he does not think in). Will needs to ultimately come to a decision the place his loyalties rather lie and what kind of he's ready to do--and believe--to rise up for them.

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All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either fictitious or are used fictitiously. ACT OF WILL Copyright © 2009 by A. J. Hartley All rights reserved. Edited by Liz Gorinsky Book design by Mary A. com Tor® is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hartley, A. J. (Andrew James) Act of Will / A. J. Hartley—1st ed. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-2124-4 ISBN-10: 0-7653-2124-6 1. Actors—Fiction. 2. Dramatists—Fiction.

I closed my eyes tighter till someone stood on my wrist and, with a yell of pain, I looked up. The pale kid who had been called Garnet faced a man who might have been the patrol officer. They had their fingers about each other’s throats and were fighting for control of the soldier’s shortsword. The other soldiers, astonishingly, seemed to be already dead. Or stunned, perhaps, since I could see no blood or wounds. The black man joined the last remaining fight, lending his considerable strength to wrenching the officer’s sword from his hand.

He’d seen. Brundage was a tall, slender man with a sardonic face that made him seem smarter than he was. He was a good minor bad guy, but didn’t have the stage presence to be a real villain, and though he had a loud voice that carried well in a brassy sort of way, he delivered every line at full volume. As a man and as an actor, he had no depth, no richness or complexity. He also didn’t like me very much and was a good friend of Rufus Ramsbottom. It was thus with some trepidation that I slipped past him, avoiding his eyes as I made for the stage door.

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