Warriors of Understone
The Tales of Durgan Stoutheart: Book One
by B.K. Bass
Durgan must struggle to overcome not only his common birth, but also the prejudices of a stagnant and isolated society to become one of the warriors of Understone. The sprawling dwarven city lies deep beneath the mountains, at the heart of a kingdom that has not changed its ways in centuries. Plagued by threats both within and without, life is a constant struggle to survive and furious battle is around every corner. Durgan may overcome opponents with axe and shield, but can he change the very values of his society with the same tools?
Genre: Fantasy, Heroic Fantasy
Length: Novella / Approx. 100 pages
Publication Date: February 22, 2019
MSRP: eBook – $4.85 / Paperback – $9.85
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Warriors of Understone is an excellent new novella crafted by the skilled hand of B.K. Bass. I was immediately immersed into the detailed society and caught up within the caste structure and setting completely. Each character spoke with their own unique voice and pursued a grounded agenda. Their interactions wove seamlessly into a rich tapestry of visceral reality. Everything had a real and immediate feel to it. B.K. Bass is a master world crafter and this work shows his skills at their best.
What B.K. Bass gives us in Warriors of Understone is character-driven fiction that uses the fictional world and all its nuances as a jumping-off point for the actual meat of the story. And the story, for all its fantastical elements, is a very human story about very human things. You’ve got action, adventure, intrigue, and folk getting swatted in the face with battle axes. Plus, hey, it’s got dwarfs as the main characters and those folk are pretty damned cool.
This book takes you deep into a setting rife with tradition and the stuffy winds of change. The culture is done well and the flavor it is written in is fresh. If you like fantasy at all you will love this book!
B.K. Bass is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror inspired by the pulp fiction magazines of the early 20th century and classic speculative fiction. He is a student of history with a particular focus on the ancient, classical, and medieval eras. He has a lifetime of experience with a specialization in business management and human relations and served in the U.S. Army. B.K. is also the Editor-in-Chief of Kyanite Publishing and the Kyanite Press journal of speculative fiction, and the Writing Department Chair for Worldbuilding Magazine.
Find out more about B.K. at his website.
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The Night Trilogy
The Ravencrest Chronicles
The Hunter’s Apprentice
The Giant and the Fishes
Tales From the Lusty Mermaid
The Ravencrest Chronicles: Omnibus One
The Tales of Durgan Stoutheart
Warriors of Understone
Beyond the Veil
Parting the Veil
The Burning Sands
Blood of the Desert