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Annie Bellet is the USA Today bestselling author of The Twenty-Sided Sorceress,Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division, and the Gryphonpike Chronicles series. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh.

Her interests besides writing include rock climbing, reading, horse-back riding, video games, comic books, table-top RPGs and many other nerdy pursuits. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat.

Gryphonpike Chronicles Volume 1: The Barrows by Annie Bellet

The mute elven archer known only as Killer. Azyrin, a half Winter-orc shaman and his human swordswoman bride, Makha. Drake, the charming, swashbuckling rogue. The fireball-slinging pixie-goblin, Rahiel, and her mini-unicorn, Bill. These are the Gryphonpike Companions.

This omnibus collects the first four novellas in the Gryphonpike Chronicles.

Witch Hunt:
Arriving in Strongwater Barrow, the Companions find the town riddled with plague and death. Ending the curse and saving the survivors means going into the swamps where monsters lurk and witches wait. Sounds like exactly their kind of day.

Twice Drowned Dragon:
On route to the town of Coldragon, the Companions find a peaceful monastery threatened by necromantic evil and get a chance to answer an important question: How many times can you kill a dragon?

A Stone's Throw:
A magical scabbard and a hundred year old story send the companions down into the caverns beneath the Barrowlands. Surviving the caverns and finding the legendary rapier will test Killer's friendship with the roguish Drake. Far more than half-truths and forgotten stories lurk in the dark beneath their feet.

Dead of Knight:
As the Companions travel across the Barrows to join up with the High Road again, a terrible and unnatural earthquake unleashes an ancient evil on the quiet town of Fallbarrow. An undead army gathers and hellspawn await to destroy Killer and all she now holds dear. Can the cleverness, magics, battle-fury, and determination of the Gryphonpike Companions hope to stand against the Saliidruin and the powerful Death Knight leading them?

CURATOR'S NOTE

Annie's books are always full of action and terrific characters. Barrows gives us a different kind of princess, handy with a bow, who sets out to lift her own curse. Since her female companions include a swordswoman and a mysterious pixie-goblin, there's a range of fabulous leading ladies to get to know. – Charlotte E. English

 

REVIEWS

  • "A wonderfully fun adventure series, with all the elements a true quest requires."

    – T Walrod
  • "Love role playing games? Can't find enough friends or room in your schedule to sit around the table with an elf, wizard, warrior, cleric, and so on? This book is an RPG you can hold in your hand and enjoy on your own schedule. Adventures galore! Have fun storming the castle!"

    – Terry M
  • "Great fun and adventures with an RPG style team. Solid writing, character development, and very well described action."

    – Kobaltkween
 

BOOK PREVIEW

Excerpt

Prologue

We all know this tale. There once was a beautiful elven princess who lived in a crystal forest in a hidden kingdom far beyond the common worlds. Her voice was unparalleled among the World-singers and her power brought her all she desired.

Until Wrath and Pride wound their way around her heart, turning songs of beauty and creation into songs of death and violence. For her crimes, she was cast out and cursed to live among the lesser creatures, among the elves and men who had forgotten those who sang into existence the earth they squabbled over. Her voice was stolen; her words taken like ember-waves melt footprints from the glowing sands.

Her banishment and silence will end when she has purged her crime by doing one thousand good deeds. So she joined with a rag-tag band of adventurers who call themselves the Gryphonpike Companions.

I am that foolish Singer. These are the chronicles of my path home.