For two hundred years, Fort Lesterall has been immune to the surrounding world of warring kings and Unborn creatures in the nightmare Mountainlands. The Pact has kept it safe—an agreement between Goblin diplomats and the cunning Lesterall forefathers.
But on a night of celebration, when nobles and well-to-dos gather for festivities, darkness gathers, and Will Lesterall, the castle's youngest prince, senses something is amiss. His fears are soon confirmed when a knight interrupts, followed by the remains of his battered army, with news that the Unborns have declared war on Fort Lesterall. The Pact has been broken.
Join an unlikely hero as destiny pulls him into the middle of an ancient conflict between fallen gods and ambitious women, one that demands blood, both holy and wicked, and the power of an ancient fire bound in steel. As swords clash below a watching wood, hope and betrayal war as fiercely as fear and valour.
Whether he lives or dies, Will Lesterall will never be the same.
What people are saying about The Pact:
"Short, intense story left me wanting more... From the very first page, author Graeme Brown immerses us in the richly imagined world ... Brown is brilliant at making a long history and conflicting politics as fascinating to the reader as they are to his characters. With deft strokes, he brings his characters alive, from the supercilious prince Robin to the earthy stablemaster Barrick. ... The Pact is a short but intense read that will sweep you up and leave you panting for more. I can't wait for the rest of the story." - Nikki Andrews, author of Framed
"Wonderful bedtime story for those kids (of course adults too) that love fantasy! Great Read." - Pink Mama
"...fast paced...so short [it] can be read in one short sitting." - All Things Books
"...[keeps] you engrossed through all the 48 pages with the end leaving you wanting more - which will be answered in the inevitable sequel. ... Great for a fantasy reader and even though I am not one, the book managed to hold my attention." - Jacinta, reviewer for Dog-Ears
"...a dense and dark read. The tension begins right from the first sentence - "When you kill a man, look him in the eye" - and escalates from there...dark forces are gathering... The Pact features many of the long passages found in epic fantasy - passages that aren't exactly my cup of tea, but Brown keeps them smooth and flowing. (Conversely, George RR Martin has a similar style, but I find he goes overly long in his detail and description. Brown keeps it relatively tight and relevant.) ...there are evil plans, conspiracies, and counter-plans all happening at once. The reader is carried along, page by page, until the shocking end... [The Pact] was short, it was tight, it never got boring, and it left enough questions and wonderings in my mind to make me want to read the eventual sequel." - Cameron D. James, author of Autumn Fire
"...a good book for someone who wants to experience a taste of dark, medieval fantasy without having to read a book with hundreds of pages. ...This is a very good start to a promising series." - Christy's Cozy Corners
"Graeme Brown has written an excellent story with a most unlikely hero. I really like Will Lesterall, and I find his actions to be believable and heart-warming... It is refreshing to have a hero such as Will, someone who is honest, with a good heart, without any apparent special prowess or abilities. The story is action-packed and moves at a fast pace. Everything is explained, and it all holds together nicely... I would recommend this for 12+ even though Will is ten, because there is some graphic violence. I think this would make an excellent choice for classroom discussion. In addition, I found it to be an exciting, well-developed story which I recommend to readers of all ages who love fantasy." - Long and Short Reviews
"...an action packed adventure in a vivid new world. The pacing in this book is very well done...it keeps you flipping pages but doesn't seem rushed. The characters are very well developed. Will Lesterall being the main character really needed to be interesting enough to intrigue the readers and he definitely was that. This is a dark novella that is part of a series. You will definitely be anticipating the sequel after reading!" - Life Through Books
"This is a super quick read and a dive into a fantasy world that will keep you on the edge of your seat. ... Great mystical world with vivid details and intriguing characters. You will definitely be sucked in and eager for book number 2." - My Reading Addicion
"This is a story of great adventure, while being the start of an epic tale. The descriptions of not only the characters, but the scenes and character goals bring the story to life. It can all be visualized to the minutest details. A lot is told in this short story, and begs you to see how its end will continue on." - Nancy LaRonda Johnson, author of Anticipation of Pentinent
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