Tales of the Five #1:
This man may not look like he's about to start a bar fight with Ultimate Evil... but appearances can be deceptive.
In this 20,000-word novelette set in the main character through-line of the Door Into... novels, the first man in a thousand years to bear the blue Flame of Power, Herewiss s'Hearn, is now happily married to King Freelorn of Arlen, their lover and battle-comrade Segnbora tai-Enraesi, the fire elemental Sunspark and the dragon Hasai. But Herewiss tells none of them why (at a most delicate moment) he must undertake a clandestine mission to the city of Darthis.
His reasons are secret: his intentions desperate. So why does Herewiss wind up spending his whole visit in a tavern? Only the Stuck Pig's indefatigable bouncer, Iras, can learn the reason why... and soon finds herself caught up in a kind of tavern brawl that no one's ever imagined.
The Levin-Gad is the first of five Middle Kingdoms novelettes and short novels spanning the years between Book 3 of the Tale of the Five, The Door Into Sunset, and the forthcoming The Door Into Starlight.
This work will not be available at Amazon or other retailers until Q3 of 2021.