Feeding the Dragon

Feeding the Dragon

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

In the Ancient Kingdom of Sung, a little girl is selected to Feed the Dragon. While mothers hide their children from the monks, Wu Gui chose to find out if there really was a dragon in the monastery that ate little girls. A story from Harrhein, though a long way away.The monastery of Sindalar used to be famous for its fighting monks, and for its dragon. But the monks are few and far between and nobody sees again the girls and boys taken to feed the dragon, so they are hidden away when the monks come calling. Bandits are rife and the capital is far away as the the Ancient Kingdom of Sung fades into a backwater.Wu Gui changes matters when she meets a monk. She helps him recruit more children, and eases their fears of being eaten. Until they get to the monastery.A look at the Chinese countryside of yesteryear, portrayed in the fantasy world of Harrhein which is pretty much like earth and with similar peoples and cultures.
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Wagon Master

Wagon Master

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

Chad is a wagon master and he thinks he is a coward. He still manages to deliver supplies to the frontline, rescue wounded, befriend the young Princess Asmara and inspire respect in his enemies. A story from Harrhein, set five hundred years ago in a fictional world, of a different sort of soldier.Chad is a soldier - but not your normal soldier who is good with weapons and kills enemies. Chad is one of the 80% of soldiers that we ignore, part of the support staff who keeps men on the front line. He is a transport soldier, getting supplies to the soldiers at the front. His weapon is his wagon and horses, and his wars still take him to the frontline. He thinks he is a coward, yet he exhibits incredible bravery by simply doing his job in the face of enemy action. This is the story of his life, little chapters of it, from resupplying a fort to rescuing wounded. A man who can inspire respect in his enemies without fighting. He is a different soldier, and though this story is fantasy set in Harrhein, it equates to a time in our world perhaps five hundred years ago. I was inspired to write it by a friend of mine, whose uncle died and he discovered the uncle had been in the Royal Corps of Transport yet he knew nothing about his life. I do not pretend that Chad's life in any way reflects that of the real Chad, nor that Paul is as uncaring as Nephew Paul, but I hope I have managed to show the very different courage of the unsung heroes of an army. I was a soldier, and I remember how we looked down on the comfortable life of the truck drivers, secretly envious, and I could never show the type of courage they showed so frequently. Keeping on doing your job in highly dangerous situations. Leaving your personal defence to others. That last is the key to why I cannot comprehend their courage. Gentlemen and scoundrels of the Transport Corps of All Armies, I salute you.
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A Tender Embrace

A Tender Embrace

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

Pat is fishing in the South Seas with his new girlfriend, and is unhappy when she wants to use him as bait. A story from the voyage of the Queen Rose, the first carrack to be built in Harrhein.Pat has been exploring the South Sea island of Vitua when he gets a day off. He goes fishing with his girlfriend, the lovely Hinatea from another island, who is an expert at all kinds of fishing. She decides he is the perfect bait to catch a giant octopus. Pat disagrees.A short story with some of the heroes from In Search of Spice, with the Princess Asmara in charge.Culture clash is explored, not just between East and West, but between East and East. This story takes you back five hundred years to the lives and beliefs of the people who lived in the South Seas.
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Thief in the Night

Thief in the Night

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

Andy is an elite Harrhein soldier, a Lancepesade (medieval precursor to Lance Corporal) in the Royal Pathfinders. He's injured and recovering in a frontier fort, working in the armoury, when he realises he isn't alone. Something else is there, too small and quiet to be human.Harrhein is a kingdom in a fantasy world, very much like earth but set five hundred years in the past. There are constant incursions by tribesmen and raiders from the north and east, and Andy is a soldier with the elite Royal Pathfinders. He has taken a spear through the thigh and his presence in the armoury is good for the Kingdom, when there is an infiltrator. An ordinary soldier would probably not even notice the presence of the strange being, let alone catch it.Harrhein is based on a mixture of European countries and this is a story about soldiers, from a time when professional soldiers were beginning to evolve, but the majority were still bound to their lord. The author has clearly drawn on his own experiences to give authenticity to the military angle.
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Mistress of the Gods (The Making of Suzanne Book 2)

Mistress of the Gods (The Making of Suzanne Book 2)

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

The king's anger and jealousy at Susan's success in running the kingdom caused her to flee. She hides her trail and makes for the hills, where she will study healing lore, banned by the church. This choice brings her to the notice of the Ancient Gods, who recruit her as a Shelagh na Gig, an ancient guardian of the goddess. Here she learns ancient lore, the Right Hand Path.



The king marches north to face the invader, and realises he faces a numerically superior foe, while his own army is riven with incompetent gentry and treacherous Churchmen, who do not want the king in power. His own professional regiments are upset at Susan's disappearance, as is the Archbishop.



His daughter is growing in competence, and demanding her own squad, while noblemen are pushing for advancement. He faces an uncomfortable and unpopular decision, but is helped by the arrival of a new type of cavalry from the south - lancers. Hard drinking, hard fighting womanisers. And the general sent his daughter, the princess, off to be their liaison...



Immersing himself in battle, seeking to forget his love, Susan, the king finds his time is past. Betrayal is in the air, but the new style of warfare will take time to appreciate. The princess needs no time, and finds you don't need to go to war to win at politics.



Historical fantasy, with a wealth of accuracy in the detail of crops and a 20,000 year old religion brought to life. Gritty, realistic, from a violent time. Figures from history may be woven into the story.



Strong langage and some scenes of an adult nature mean this book is recommended for an adult audience.
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Mistress of the Gods

Mistress of the Gods

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

The king's anger and jealousy at Susan's success in running the kingdom caused her to flee. She hides her trail and makes for the hills, where she will study healing lore, banned by the church. This choice brings her to the notice of the Ancient Gods, who recruit her as a Shelagh na Gig, an ancient guardian of the goddess. Here she learns ancient lore, the Right Hand Path.



The king marches north to face the invader, and realises he faces a numerically superior foe, while his own army is riven with incompetent gentry and treacherous Churchmen, who do not want the king in power. His own professional regiments are upset at Susan's disappearance, as is the Archbishop.



His daughter is growing in competence, and demanding her own squad, while noblemen are pushing for advancement. He faces an uncomfortable and unpopular decision, but is helped by the arrival of a new type of cavalry from the south - lancers. Hard drinking, hard fighting womanisers. And the general sent his daughter, the princess, off to be their liaison...



Immersing himself in battle, seeking to forget his love, Susan, the king finds his time is past. Betrayal is in the air, but the new style of warfare will take time to appreciate. The princess needs no time, and finds you don't need to go to war to win at politics.



Historical fantasy, with a wealth of accuracy in the detail of crops and a 20,000 year old religion brought to life. Gritty, realistic, from a violent time. Figures from history may be woven into the story.



Strong langage and some scenes of an adult nature mean this book is recommended for an adult audience.
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In Search of Spice

In Search of Spice

Rex Sumner

Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

In Search of Spice is an epic historical fantasy romance, set in a world very similar to our own 12th century Europe. 

Captain Larroche is the veteran master of the good ship Queen Rose, named after the beloved late Queen, the first carrack to be built in Harrhein. For Harrhein is trapped, unable to trade due to pirates cutting off the only trade route. In every other direction is endless ocean. Captain Larroche is charged with finding a new trade route, to the fabled land of Hind, and he proposes to sail over the edge of the world to find it. No wonder he has trouble finding crew.

The young people he assembles, strengthened by a squad of frontier veteran Royal Pathfinders, are more than a match for known enemies. How will they handle people of another colour, with strange habits, peculiar food, treacherous officials, different languages and customs that defy belief?

Climb aboard for a swashbuckling cruise into new lands and people, with strange animals and different ways of looking at the world. The pages ring with cultures clashing.
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