By A.J. Hartley
Act of Will is a boisterous fable event that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the professionals in basic terms to discover himself inextricably sure to a gaggle of high-minded adventurers on a dangerous venture. Will travels with them to land the place they're charged with the research and defeat of a ruthless military of mystical horsemen, who seem out of the mist leaving loss of life and devastation of their wake.In the process Will's uneasy alliance together with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic brain to simply accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he does not think in). Will needs to finally come to a decision the place his loyalties quite lie and what sort of he's ready to do--and believe--to rise up for them.
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I’d hate to hold you up. You must have some children to massacre or something, so come on and get it over with. ” “They aren’t dead,” said the black man. ” I muttered. “They aren’t dead,” he repeated. “Any of them. ” I said, incredulous. “He nearly forced you to butcher him in cold blood? If someone says hello to you in the street, is that grounds for garroting? I mean, you must have all kinds of interesting ways of killing people who—I don’t know—ask you what time it is, or offer you a piece of fruit or—” He clapped his hand over my mouth.
Actors—Fiction. 2. Dramatists—Fiction. I. Title. 92—dc22 2008038364 First Edition: March 2009 Printed in the United States of America 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To Chris, my brother-in-arms. ACT of WILL BY WILLIAM HAWTHORNE Translated from the Thrusian by A. J. HARTLEY Table of Contents Translator’s Preface SCENE I: Show Business SCENE II: Making an Exit SCENE III: Desperate Times SCENE IV: A New Problem SCENE V: Things Can Always Get Worse SCENE VI: The gatehouse SCENE VII: No Virtue in Almost SCENE VIII: The Wheatsheaf SCENE IX: The Road East SCENE X: Improvisation SCENE XI: Of Gorse and Wild Thyme SCENE XII: The Desert SCENE XIII: The Party Leader SCENE XIV: The Hide SCENE XV: The Cormorant SCENE XVI: Consequences SCENE XVII: A Kind of Welcome SCENE XVIII: Harsh Realities SCENE XIX: A Council Meeting SCENE XX: Beacons of Honor SCENE XXI: Stories SCENE XXII: Opening Moves SCENE XXIII: Glimpses by Firelight SCENE XXIV: Questions SCENE XXV: Seaholme SCENE XXVI: The lighthouse SCENE XXVII: The Convoy SCENE XXVIII: Chaos SCENE XXIX: The Fallen SCENE XXX: Ironwall SCENE XXXI: More Consequences SCENE XXXII: The Elixir of Sensenon SCENE XXXIII: Romance SCENE XXXIV: The Ritual SCENE XXXV: The Hopetown Road SCENE XXXVI: Investigations SCENE XXXVII: Time for a Beer SCENE XXXVIII: The Razor’s Edge SCENE XXXIX: Watching SCENE XL: The Assassins SCENE XLI: Rest in Peace SCENE XLII: The Farmhouse by the Woods SCENE XLIII: One of Them SCENE XLIV: The Raid SCENE XLV: Flight SCENE XLVI: Harvest SCENE XLVII: Alone at Last SCENE XLVIII: The Secret of the Caves SCENE XLIX: Adsine Again SCENE L: Implications SCENE LI: A Decision SCENE LII: A Different Road SCENE LIII: Back on the Horse SCENE LIV: The Gathering SCENE LV: The Enemy SCENE LVI: Desperate Times SCENE LVII: Desperate Measures SCENE LVIII: Casualties SCENE LIX: Realism SCENE LX: The Curtain Acknowledgment TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE Until a few years ago, the collection of manuscripts now known as the Hawthorne Saga had been sitting in a climate-controlled case in an obscure English library for over a century, baffling all attempts to decipher the strange language in which they were written.
I snatched my wig off and their eyes widened a little. ” I blurted, glancing over my shoulder. It was, apparently, the right thing to say. For a split second they looked at me, then at each other. Then the girl pulled one of several large trunks from the corner. Her pale male counterpart opened it and wordlessly motioned me over. Then they started arguing. ” hissed the black man. ” “We can’t take that chance,” said the girl. “We have to trust her. Him. ” Even in my terror I managed an indignant glare.