By A.J. Hartley
Act of Will is a boisterous myth experience that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the professionals purely to discover himself inextricably sure to a bunch of high-minded adventurers on a dangerous challenge. Will travels with them to 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 dying and devastation of their wake.In the process Will's uneasy alliance along with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic brain to simply accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he does not think in). Will needs to finally come to a decision the place his loyalties rather lie and what sort of he's ready to do--and believe--to rise up for them.
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I looked for a back door and started moving, wishing I had got rid of the dress and wig the moment I came in. I made it across the room, staring ahead of me, waiting for an imperious demand to hold-it-right-there, and tried the door. It opened, but it didn’t get me outside, just into a corridor lined with more doors: guest rooms, no doubt. Then there was the sound of hurried boots in the barroom coming my way, and I knew that I had about fifteen seconds. Bolting down the corridor, I tried one of the doors, but it was locked.
Maybe I was standing up for the oppressed in the face of overwhelming force. Maybe I was outraged that the art of the theatre should be so demeaned by these thuggish philistines. ” Yes, that was more like it. My pride was injured. Stick around, I thought, and they’ll wound more than your pride. Two of the soldiers had unslung bows and were training them in my direction. By the time I had hauled myself onto the balcony—and try doing that in a floor-length velvet gown—one white-feathered arrow had whistled over my head and another one had slammed into the oak rail just below my hand.
Said a big man in a stained leather apron. He looked like he could hump those beer barrels around on his back without losing his breath. I scowled at him. “Bitter,” I managed. ” His eyes narrowed. I flashed a ladylike smile and straightened my wig. “Right you are, my lady,” he said, still a little uncertainly, and began to pump a tankard full. I turned away, so that I wouldn’t die of thirst watching him. ” “Cheers,” I said, pushing a couple of copper pieces across the bar at him. “Good health, miss,” he said as I drank.
Act of Will (Tor Fantasy) by A.J. Hartley