Doug has been reading fantasy literature for almost as long as he can remember. He suspects this penchant for faraway lands of yore led, in part, to his acquiring a BA and an MA in medieval history and likewise to his subsequent study and teaching of European historical martial arts. Doug reads and writes and plays with a rapier in Minnesota, where he is often surprisingly tolerated by his wife (who also fences) and two sons (who do not).
Tale of the Kin #1: Among Thieves
Signed on the title page and inscribed 'Watch your blinders!'. It takes a canny hand and a wary eye to run the streets of Ildrecca and survive. Fortunately, Drothe has both. He has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers from the dirtiest of alleys to the finest of neighborhoods. He works for a crime lord, finding and taking care of trouble inside the organization, and smuggles relics on the side. When Drothe's boss orders him to track down whoever is leaning on the organization's people, he stumbles upon a much bigger mystery. There's a relic any number of deadly people seem to be looking for - a book that just might bring down emperors and shatter the criminal underworld. A book that has, inconveniently, now fallen in Drothe's hands.
Novel, 414 pages, Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition