Adventurer Aarris Pierceall has retired. He returns home to begin his new life as a full-time blacksmith. His last adventure ended in a serious injury to his knee, leaving him addicted to alcohol and a pain-killing herb called nightweaver. A week after he returns home, he is approached by a scholar with an ancient scroll and a story of a newly found ruin. He has been employed by the King to find the best adventurer in the land. The scholar offers Aarris an offer he can't refuse: two thousand gold and a lifetime supply of the addicting herb that he's running out of, and the only thing he has to do is guard some miners as they excavate the old ruin where the Power of the Ages lies. As they descend deeper into the ruins, traps cleverly eliminate party members one by one until only Aarris and the scholar are alive to reach the Power of the Ages. Unkwingly the scholar trips the final trap, leaving Aarris alone to witness the release of the Power of the Ages. His world is suddenly turned upside down when he finds the Power of the Ages is a beautiful Vampiress, whose revival is prophesied to usher in a War of the Gods!
Keith Shaw lives in Spotsylvania, Virginia with his wife of 24 years and three daughters and one grandson. He teaches math at a Juvenile Detention Center and is on the Virginia State Operated Programs Math Committee. He enjoys video games, gardening, star gazing, poetry, song writing and drumming. He is also in a band called Relative Obscurity with his brother Kerry and cousin Bruce. He also has published two science fiction novels in the Mystic Journey Chronicles series; Flame of Freedom and Trials and Tribulations.