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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tour Stop: Drasmyr by Matthew D. Ryan

This promo blast for Drasmyr by Matthew D. Ryan is hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

We vampires do not make easy prey. Our weaknesses are few, our strengths many. Fear is something we do not know, and death but a distant memory. So tread softly, pray to your god, and gird yourself with silver when the moons arise and night’s dark prince awakens. We fear not the wizard, nor the warrior, neither rogue, nor priest; our strength is timeless, drawn from darkness and we know no master save the hot lust of our unending hunger. We long for blood, your blood and no blade, nor spell, nor clever artifice, can keep us long from our prize. Feel our teeth at your throat, your life ebb from you, and know as darkness comes to claim you that the price of your folly is your everlasting soul.


In Drisdak, the city on the Sea of Sorrows, the citizens have much to dread. Unease and foreboding has always been associated with the local wizards guild; peasants have an innate distrust of magic and those who use it. But now, something else is on the rise. A mysterious fire at the guild has left two men dead and a third missing. A small matter, you say? Well, one of those men was the guild master, and his successor wants to know what happened to him. Enter Coragan of Esperia, the renowned bounty hunter. If anyone can unravel this mess he can. But is even he prepared to challenge the horrible evil that lurks at the heart of the mystery? An ancient vampire by the name of Lucian val Drasmyr.

It looked to be tedious work, slow and painstaking, but the two men threw themselves vigorously at the task. Lifting and tossing aside countless remnants of the destruction, they began sorting the wreckage into three distinct piles. Each blackened board, each twisted spellbook, they tossed aside searching for some sign of anything human.

“Look here, I think I see something.” Mathagarr stooped down on to his knees, brushing aside a small pile of debris. “By the Scythe-Bearer’s Sickle,” he said. From beneath a fallen beam of oak, fingers spread wide as if waving a sad farewell, a charred skeletal hand stretched out with its flesh all but burnt away.

As the watchman continued to dig, Regecon paused to stare at the hand, somehow sensing that this had been more than a simple fire. They were on the threshold of something far deeper and more mysterious. Mathagarr too, seemed to sense something amiss.

“Something isn’t right here.”

Regecon nodded. “I know. Something went wrong here... very, very wrong.”

With a loud grunt the two men heaved up the fallen beam and tossed it aside, then looked down at their find. Crushed under the weight of the beam and almost completely consumed by fire, the remains of a man in armor could be seen. His chain armor was blackened and sooty, his sword at his side was broken at the hilt, and his face was a charred and grinning skull.


About the Author
Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He also has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He believes he saw the legendary Lake Champlain Monster (a.k.a Champy) once and he has a cat named Confucius.

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The book is available on Smashwords, Amazon, BN and elsewhere for free.

Matthew will be awarding a set of metal miniatures: 3 Nosferatu Vampires (US only) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can find the tour schedule here.


  1. Goddess Fish PromotionsNovember 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Thank you for hosting today

  2. like the cover. the book sounds interesting.


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