Shepherd's Quest: The Broken Key #1 by Brian S. Pratt
Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 1.
Approx. 133,350 words.
Published on March 29, 2009.
Longing for adventure is one thing, but when it becomes reality...
Four comrades set out to recover the segments of a key which they believe will unlock the King's Hoard, rumored to hold great wealth. Written in the style of an RPG game, with spells, scrolls, potions, Guilds, and dungeon exploration fraught with traps and other dangers.