Terin Ostler and the Axes of Evil

One barbarian tribe has a prophecy saying the legendary hero Bishortu will unite the three warring tribes. Another has a prophecy that directly contradicts this, and they want Bishortu dead. And a third, which may or may not be comprised of werewolves, refuses to let anyone know what their prophecy says. Meanwhile, the Duke on whose land the barbarians live wants them all gone.

In the middle of all of this is squire Terin Ostler, who has been mistakenly identified as the great Bishortu. Under the Duke’s orders to get rid of the barbarians, he heads to their lands without the slightest idea of what to do.

Along the way, he has to avoid assassins, werewolves, lovesick barbarian princesses, and confused goblins, while attempting to figure out the meaning of the magical and mysterious Wretched Axes.

Nobody said being a hero would be easy.

Paperback / Nook

“Here Michael A. Ventrella takes up the mantle of Christopher Stasheff. Terin’s exploits are as entertaining as those of Rod Gallowglass, and fans of The Warlock in Spite of Himself will hugely enjoy The Axes of Evil.” – Gregory Frost, author of Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet

The Axes of Evil is a taut nail-biter of a thriller. Edgy, funny and dark.” – Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of V-Wars and Rot & Ruin

“Humor, danger and a twisted tangle of unlikely prophecies make for a page-turning adventure.” – Gail Z. Martin, author of The Chronicles of the Necromancer series

“If the previous Terin books drew you in, then you certainly don’t want to miss this follow-up gem. A puzzle within a puzzle, it gives the reader a hindsight ‘aha’ not unlike The Sixth Sense, yet chock-full of the same warmth, intelligence, and humor that you can expect from Mister Ventrella.” – Beth W. Patterson

The Axes of Evil continues the adventures of Terin, or prophecy boy as one of the characters likes to call him, Rendal, and Dar (it’s Darlissa!) as they are sent out to deal with the Vansir (barbarians) living on the reclaim. Once again, Terin is a part of a prophecy, well three prophecies to be exact, and this time the prophecies are not as clear. One says he will unite the Vansir tribes, one says he will destroy the people, and the final, well; no one will speak of it. Suffice it to say, it is revealed, but I will let you find out what it is, which is actually pretty funny and well worth finding out. The prophecies and what Terin does to fulfill them and find out about the Vansir are the goings on of the main plot. Some sub plots involve are one of the Vansir chieftain’s daughter, the goblin’s prophecy which pops up later, the desires of the Duke of Ashbury, and a few others that may lead to spoilers.” – Robert Hicks

“One of the hardest things about writing is the ability to actually pull me in and make me feel like I’m actually there with the main character. Mike Ventrella accomplished this very well. It’s an adventure, and not just me sitting there reading a book.” – Colleen Capuano

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