The strength of Tarnish is Billy's coming-of-age narrative, his quest to develop his own, innate heroism, and his struggle to reconcile illustrious legends with harsher truths... [Its] high fantasy styling is tempered by comfortable, somewhat modern language, a relatable, every-man main character, and a universal theme that transcends the genre. -- Tales of the Talisman Magazine Praised for its unique storytelling, engaging detail, and heart-felt characters, Tarnish stands alone in the annals of fantasy fiction. Everyone kws the stories of the Colors Three. That trio of adventurers who traveled the breadth of these realms in the post-war years, stalking the traitorous Crescent Moons and bringing justice to those downtrodden left in the Dread Duke's wake. Tavern masters have been spinning those tales for ten years. Ian the Black and Trevor the Red are ten years older. More so, for the warrior's life is a hard one. And Gregor the Golden? Most likely dead along a mountain pass, in search of more glory than any mortal man needs. Who, then, will defend Redfield when evil rises from the Blood Marsh? Billy Cole is the sixteen-springs-old son of Ian the Black. Maybe older. Being the heir of a legend is a heavy burden to bear. And though Billy Strong Back is used to hard labor, it takes more than strength to become a man. And more than a sword to become a hero. Experience the complete making of William Thunderstrike in this single, critically-acclaimed volume.
If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan's protege. But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life. Today (fall, 2014) he and his family are stationed in Japan, where he's providing a bad example for all Americans. In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.