The Harriet Walsh series

The Desolator

Synopsis: Join Hurm, Runt and Father Mephistophiles as they struggle to save the hamlet of Yendour from a marauding dragon.

  Runt picked up the blade, his eyes bright with tears. 'Glimmer! Oh, Glimmer! Long and tedious will be the songs composed in thy honour!' He raised the broken pieces and closed his eyes. 'I shall not rest until —'
  'Yadda yadda yadda,' said the cleric. 'You only just bought it from that squinty little sh-t down Terrace road.'
  'It's still a magic sword.'
  'No, it was a magic sword. Now it's a magic artifact.'
  'What's the difference?'
  'Try killing an orc with an artifact.'


• Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways #6

• Trudi Canavan drew the artwork which accompanied the original of this story in Andromeda Spaceways.

Language warning: Contains high-level swearing.

The Desolator

The Desolator cover art (c) Bowman Press

Short fiction by Simon Haynes