By A.J. Hartley
Act of Will is a boisterous myth event that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the specialists in simple terms to discover himself inextricably absolute to a gaggle of high-minded adventurers on a perilous undertaking. Will travels with them to land the place they're charged with the research and defeat of a ruthless military of mystical horsemen, who seem 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 quite lie and what kind of he's ready to do--and believe--to rise up for them.
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92—dc22 2008038364 First Edition: March 2009 Printed in the United States of America 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To Chris, my brother-in-arms. ACT of WILL BY WILLIAM HAWTHORNE Translated from the Thrusian by A. J. HARTLEY Table of Contents Translator’s Preface SCENE I: Show Business SCENE II: Making an Exit SCENE III: Desperate Times SCENE IV: A New Problem SCENE V: Things Can Always Get Worse SCENE VI: The gatehouse SCENE VII: No Virtue in Almost SCENE VIII: The Wheatsheaf SCENE IX: The Road East SCENE X: Improvisation SCENE XI: Of Gorse and Wild Thyme SCENE XII: The Desert SCENE XIII: The Party Leader SCENE XIV: The Hide SCENE XV: The Cormorant SCENE XVI: Consequences SCENE XVII: A Kind of Welcome SCENE XVIII: Harsh Realities SCENE XIX: A Council Meeting SCENE XX: Beacons of Honor SCENE XXI: Stories SCENE XXII: Opening Moves SCENE XXIII: Glimpses by Firelight SCENE XXIV: Questions SCENE XXV: Seaholme SCENE XXVI: The lighthouse SCENE XXVII: The Convoy SCENE XXVIII: Chaos SCENE XXIX: The Fallen SCENE XXX: Ironwall SCENE XXXI: More Consequences SCENE XXXII: The Elixir of Sensenon SCENE XXXIII: Romance SCENE XXXIV: The Ritual SCENE XXXV: The Hopetown Road SCENE XXXVI: Investigations SCENE XXXVII: Time for a Beer SCENE XXXVIII: The Razor’s Edge SCENE XXXIX: Watching SCENE XL: The Assassins SCENE XLI: Rest in Peace SCENE XLII: The Farmhouse by the Woods SCENE XLIII: One of Them SCENE XLIV: The Raid SCENE XLV: Flight SCENE XLVI: Harvest SCENE XLVII: Alone at Last SCENE XLVIII: The Secret of the Caves SCENE XLIX: Adsine Again SCENE L: Implications SCENE LI: A Decision SCENE LII: A Different Road SCENE LIII: Back on the Horse SCENE LIV: The Gathering SCENE LV: The Enemy SCENE LVI: Desperate Times SCENE LVII: Desperate Measures SCENE LVIII: Casualties SCENE LIX: Realism SCENE LX: The Curtain Acknowledgment TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE Until a few years ago, the collection of manuscripts now known as the Hawthorne Saga had been sitting in a climate-controlled case in an obscure English library for over a century, baffling all attempts to decipher the strange language in which they were written.
I have made up for my slowness to realize the significance of my find by diligent work on the manuscripts ever since. Using Henby’s translations and notes as a kind of Rosetta stone, I have been able to work out the grammar, diction, and tone of the Fossington House papers, which I have renamed the Hawthorne Saga for reasons that will become apparent. In the translation, I have used a modern, colloquial style in an attempt to capture—or at least echo—the uniquely sprightly and energetic Thrusian used by the author.
It was like I was watching someone else, some stupid kid in a dress who had no right being onstage in public. A ripple of mirth coursed through the entire pit and I flushed. There was a long pause and Rafe glared at me. I had no idea what my lines were. I couldn’t remember the plot or who I was supposed to be. All I could see clearly was Rufus waiting for me in the green room with his cudgel. Then there was a bang at the back of the house and, for the briefest of moments, things seemed to be looking up.
Act of Will (Tor Fantasy) by A.J. Hartley