Oonzil Windlestraw, a pixie with a serious temper problem, befriends a wizard and his eagle familiar. The trio are forced into fantastic dramatic action when a human fairy hunter nabs a fae girl with the intent of grinding her into pixie dust for profit.
This is a 30 page story with another full, flash fiction story called 'The Blood of Coldfrost' included in the file. This is the perfect read for fantasy fans who are inbetween large novels. It has plenty of pixie-fighting, eagle-riding action and lots of tense excitment.
In order to make your 10% preview longer I have also attached a (3) chapter sneak preview of 'The Royal Dragoneers', which is due out in mid Oct. 2010
Heres a snippet from "Oathbreaker":
The next morning, as they prepared to go wasp hunting, Oonzil wondered how the eagle had managed to get the doily out from under the teapot. He never had the chance to ask about it, because no sooner had the curiosity came on him, Igor leapt from the ground, and went flapping lustily after a wasp.
It was all Oonzil could do to keep from tumbling off of Igor's back, as the eagle started after the unsuspecting bug. Igor was strong. He surged through the air swiftly. Just as Oonzil had instructed him, the eagle got as close as he could to the wasp before he swept past.
Oonzil was thrilled. The feel of the wind in his hair, and the forces generated by Igor's sharp swooping turns, caused his heart to soar. Using the rigged up doily like it was a throw net, Oonzil timed his toss and threw. He yanked on the makeshift draw string he had attached. The net pulled closed just like it was supposed to. Excitedly, Oonzil had Igor sit them down near the firefly cage Oonzil had borrowed from the village bug man.
Both of them were disappointed to find the doily net empty, but they weren't discouraged. The setup would have worked perfectly, if only Oonzil would have timed his throw better.
"You'll have to slow up a bit when we come upon the buzzers," he told the eagle, with a grin.
"Aye, Ooonzy," Igor exclaimed, gleefully. "It worked just like you said it would. We just need to get closer, I think."
It took a few more attempts to get the timing of the approach and the throw down, but they did it. By evening, the cage was buzzing with angry wasps. With much pride, and more than a little satisfaction, Oonzil and Igor delivered the prize to the wizard at his supper table.
"What's this?" The old man asked. He rose from his soup bowl to see the pixie boy sliding off of Igor's back. The cage the eagle put down at the end of the table, buzzed and vibrated in angry response.
"Oh ho!" Master Zarvin chuckled with a big smile showing in the crinkled corners of his eyes. "Wasps!"
"Wasps for a bargain, good wizard," Oonzil clarified. "A full Baker's dozen of them, all alive and whole."
"A bargain?" Master Zarvin's brows wiggled with curious delight. "Well, Oonzil Windlestraw, let's strike a deal then."Also by M.R. Mathias
Crimzon & Clover I - Orphaned Dragon, Lucky Girl
Crimzon & Clover II - The Tricky Wizard
Oathbreaker - A Faery Tale Short
King of Fools
The AdventurionThe Saga of the Dragoneers:
The First Dragoneer - Free The Royal Dragoneers - Now Available
Cold Hearted Son of a Witch - Now Available
The Confliction - Available for Christmas 2011
And don't miss the huge International Bestselling epic:
The Wardstone Trilogy
Book One - The Sword and the Dragon
Book Two - Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools
Book Three - The Wizard & the Warlord