By A.J. Hartley
Act of Will is a boisterous fable experience that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the professionals simply to discover himself inextricably guaranteed to a bunch of high-minded adventurers on a perilous undertaking. Will travels with them to land the place they're charged with the research and defeat of a ruthless military of mystical horsemen, who look 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 particularly lie and what sort of he's ready to do--and believe--to rise up for them.
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Probably a rowdy drunk, I thought: just the excuse I needed to slip away until things cooled down a little. But it wasn’t a drunk. It was a man on a horse, riding right into the theatre. He wore silver plate armor and a white cape. Behind him were twenty foot soldiers: Diamond Empire guards. There was a murmur of discontent, but the air smelled of unease, even panic. Nothing like this had ever happened before. The mounted officer produced a roll of parchment and, as his horse skittered to a halt on the cobbles, started to read aloud in one of those voices that you can tell isn’t used to being messed about.
There wasn’t much up there but rafters, a winch, and another ladder up onto the thatch. ” The audience, those who weren’t running to get out before they were held responsible for this little fiasco, applauded me. No one liked the Empire all that much. There was a chimney stack at one part of the thatched ridge, and I flung myself at it and clung on for dear life, wondering vaguely what lunatic scheme was likely to get me out of this unskewered. The roof ran only around a part of the stage and the perimeter galleries, so I could see the chaos in the yard below quite clearly.
William Hawthorne, known as Will the Sharp or Quick Bill to the patrons of the Eagle Theatre and Tavern, at your service. Care to place a bet, sir, madam? Except that it was only me who used the epithets of Quick Bill or Will the Sharp, and if your ears were good enough, you would be more likely to hear those worthy patrons announce me as Bill the Cheat, Lying Will, That Kid Who Tried to Rip Me Off, etc. etc. In fact, Bill the Incompetent might be nearer the mark, as a quick tally of today’s winnings suggested.
Act of Will (Tor Fantasy) by A.J. Hartley