By A.J. Hartley
Act of Will is a boisterous delusion experience that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the experts simply to discover himself inextricably certain to a bunch of high-minded adventurers on a perilous venture. Will travels with them to a far off 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 demise 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 make a decision the place his loyalties relatively lie and what sort of he's ready to do--and believe--to get up for them.
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I said, tearing my eyes from the stage door where Brundage and Rufus were whispering just out of the audience’s sight-line. “Oh, right. Yes. ” Someone in the front row nudged her neighbor and giggled. Even in my stark, bewildered terror, a tiny part of me hated her for it. “And,” said Rafe, laboring and glaring still more pointedly, “Lord Francisco told you that—” “That,” I said quickly. “Something. Yes. ” It was like I was watching someone else, some stupid kid in a dress who had no right being onstage in public.
I talked, gripped as I was both by fear of the Empire showing up at any moment and by fear of what this band of cutthroats would do to me if I didn’t humor them. Perhaps I could bolt for the door when they weren’t looking, get out and tell the first patrol I could find that I could hand them Mithos; that would get me off Whatever charges were leveled at me, wouldn’t it? Orgos laid his massive sword across his knees and watched me. Absently, he tested the edge with his thumb, his eyes on mine. I gave up the idea of running.
Come on, Hawthorne,” he said. ” “I doubt they’d miss you,” I said. ” This was a particular talent of Rufus’s. He couldn’t remember his own part if his life depended on it, but he would blurt out other people’s lines constantly. It was taxing for actors and audience alike. “Just play or fold, boy,” he said, glowering so that the red bristles on his forehead stood on end. “Blood and sand,” I muttered as I threw my cards down, abandoning the sorry bluff. ” He grinned, raked the coins into a pile, and then marched to the stage door.
Act of Will (Tor Fantasy) by A.J. Hartley
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