Too much of a good thing is seldom a good thing—a fact of life that Kiralyn Dedralie knows all too well. With the power of her birthright on one hand and the power of her arcane magic on the other, young Kiralyn seems destined to play a pivotal role in the future of Ch’ulu.
What remains to be seen is whether that role will be good or evil. She feels constant urges to abuse her magic, and she’s acutely aware of the many historical figures who were corrupted and destroyed by power far less formidable than her own. Not wanting to let that become her fate, she journeys to Feybourne Forest in Nyobi in the hope of learning wisdom and discipline from its resident druids.
But nothing worth having comes easily….
Rufino Endicott is the Hero of Tundora, but he doesn’t feel very heroic. Wracked by depression and survivor’s guilt, all the little vampire wants to do is to crawl back into his wayward mobile coffin and hide from the world until he can find a way to heal his wounds. The timetable for recovery is unclear.
The search for his coffin takes him to Strelas, the capital city of Nyobi. A regular stop in his merchant host’s travels, the enormous metropolis seems the most logical place to pitch a tent and wait, but there are no guarantees he’ll be able to find his coffin in such a large city even when it is there to be found. Not content to leave his fate to the tender mercies of chance, green-haired Rufino barges into the most prestigious tavern in the universe in search of useful information. What he finds instead sets the stage for a whole other game of hide-and-seek—one in which the penalty for failure is death and the prize for winning might also be death!
Chomp necks and don’t get caught: the life of a vampire as Rufino Endicott would have described it before he became one. Six years later, he knows that dodging the angry men with the swords is the easy part of being what he is, and that the paranoid, isolated lifestyle is the real enemy. Oh, he’s deluded himself into believing that his life isn’t so bad, but that bubble is about to burst.
One night, completely out of nowhere, Rufino develops feelings for one of his potential blood donors. In doing so, he begins to realize just how much his vampirism has cost him, and how much he wants to regain what he’s lost. What he doesn’t realize is that this woman is not who she seems to be, and that his road to recovery will be a treacherous one.
Rufino Endicott's attempt to reclaim a part of his lost life hasn't gone well thus far. Betrayed and left for dead by the druid-sorceress, Kiralyn Frostwhisper, the little vampire now finds himself enslaved by the dark magic of an unstable necromancer. To make matters worse, his captor has raised an entire army of zombies for the purpose of assaulting the nearby township of Tundora, home of twenty thousand innocent people.
A tale of great conscience and delicious treats.
Green-haired halfling Rufino Endicott has been a vampire for three years in a world that hates undead. He’s adjusted, for the most part—he’s learned how to dodge the undead-hunters and how to make a comfortable coffin out of an old merchant’s trade cart. What he hasn’t adjusted to is life without bagels. Sure, he can find stale leftovers just about anywhere, but his is a most unforgiving palette and stale leftovers fail to satisfy.
In the throes of withdrawal, intrepid Rufino overcomes the excessive security of an artisan bakery at midnight, intending to gorge himself during the next business day. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s going to find more than just pastry inside that bakery.