Inspired by the "Against the Giants" modules Gary Gygax created for Dungeons & Dragons. Pretty cool, I like how it invokes the old school art style of the older manuals. Check out the rest of introvertedart's work here.
Adventurers beware, for scattered reports have circulated of sightings of the infernal relic, the Hand of Vecna. Gnarled and charred black with long, ragged fingernails, it promises power, but gives only damnation.
I used to do something like this when I was in middle and high school. I'd create stories and run through them while walking to and from classes and school. Mostly it was superheroes or space battles. I still do it even today, but now it's more of a way of testing out potential stories. Kills time real good too.
I actually intended to get an equal number of science fiction and fantasy, but the trip to the bookstore was impromptu, so it slipped my mind. That, and Books-A-Million didn't have the first book in Joe Abercrombie's First Law series - The Blade Itself. Currently, I'm reading The Lost Fleet: Relentless because that series is like crack to me, but after I finish it (which shouldn't take long, it never does), I plan on reading Gardens of the Moon. I have some familiarity with that book, I checked it out from the local library a few times, but never got deep into it for whatever reason. The Malazan Book of the Fallen looks like a great series, though, so I figured I'd focus on it.
I picked this book up at a Goodwill recently and it has quickly proven to be more than worth the dollar it sold for. An omnibus of three novels and 1024 pages, I decided to tackle it in my usual fashion by reading the first book, The Sheep Farmer's Daughter, then coming back for the second and third books at a later point. This tactic will keep me from becoming burnt out and disinterested, which would be a feat, because this is a good read! The trilogy of books follows the life of Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter (Paks for short), the eponymous daughter of a sheep farmer as she flees from an arranged marriage for a life as a hired soldier with a mercenary company. Hit the jump for a spoilery review.