The Warm Lands

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Journeyman sorcerer Gregor treks slowly across the Great Waste, from one oasis of life to the next, toward the westernmost enclaves where sorcerers more advanced than he will strive to restore life to the world once more. His duty is to travel, observe, record, and pass on...but he did not expect to encounter four virgin mothers desperate for protection from the hatred of their realm.
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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 8,190
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465727121
About Francis W. Porretto

Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.

Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 13,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.

Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.

Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.

Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:"

And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at

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Review by: pdwalker on May 27, 2013 :
What I liked most about this story is a tantalizing glimpse into a post apocalyptic fantasy world unlike any I've ever read of before.

What I liked least is the untapped potential that remains yet unexplored.

Read it.
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Review by: Brent Meske on Jan. 19, 2013 :
A powerful tale of magic and desperation. I've never really rad fantasy as a short story...usually when you label something epic it's weeks and months of getting sucked into the setting and the travel and the history all made up by the author. This story was an exceedingly adept micro-epic tale. All those elements were there, just compacted down.

The title is a bit strange for something 'epic'...but fits the story. Thank you for the read, Fran.
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Review by: Todd Jaffray on Jan. 01, 2012 :
I read this story in between frames of XBox bowling, my daughter dancing around me like a wild monkey and my girlfriend and her friend screaming every time they made a strike. To say the least I was drawn in and held fast by great story telling and no amount of distractions were going to stop me from enjoying it.
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