Brian S. Pratt

Biography

Born in Modesto, California, Brian graduated high school in 1985 and went into the Air Force where he trained as an Avionic Specialist on the F-117A Stealth Fighter.
When his tour of duty ended, he tried his hand as a Pizza Hut delivery driver where he quickly rose to become General Manager of a delivery unit in Edmonds, WA and continued as such for several years.
Then after a short stint driving a taxi, he spent two years teaching teenagers how to drive. (Not as stressful as one would imagine.) He now writes full time in Washington, USA.
His published works include:
The Morcyth Saga (7 Books)
Travail of The Dark Mage (2 Books)
Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly (series)
The Broken Key Trilogy (3 Books)
Dungeon Crawler Adventures (2 Books)
The Adventurer's Guild (2 Books)
Ring of the Or'tux (Stand Alone)

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
3 of the best kids in the world and the love of a good woman.
What is your writing process?
When I first began, I created an elaborate outline, rich in detail. But then when I started to write, the story quickly diverged from my original plan. Ideas spring to mind, a secondary or tertiary plot point sounds interesting so I add it. Now, I have several scenes in mind when I begin to write and steer the story towards them. I let the story write itself.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Brian S. Pratt online


Where to buy in print


Books

Dark Shores of Salvation: Travail of The Dark Mage Book Three
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Series: Travail of The Dark Mage, Book 3. Pre-release—available November 15, 2014. Price: $6.95 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Build a temple...sounds simple. But with an unknown adversary laying waste to the Empire and magic growing ever more unreliable, things could get interesting.
Brian S. Pratt's Worlds of Fantasy Box Set
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Price: Free! Words: 368,750. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This Box Set includes the first complete book of each of Brian S. Pratt's most popular Fantasy Worlds: The Unsuspecting Mage of The Morcyth Saga Shepherd's Quest of The Broken Key Trilogy Jaikus and Reneeke Join the Guild of The Adventurer's Guild After each you will also find the first three chapters of the respective series' book two. Enjoy!
The Adventurer's Guild: #2-Caravan to Kittikin
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Series: The Adventurer's Guild, Book 2. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 68,670. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
New to The Adventurer's Guild, Jaikus and Reneeke want to prove themselves. Taking on an Adventure located in Kittikin, the kingdom to the north, they take passage with Master Tuppin's caravan. But since their skills are raw and their talent untested, this could be a very long and dangerous ride through the bandit infested Pass that separates the two kingdoms.
The Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly - Ice Terraces of Crystal Crag
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Series: Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly, Book 1. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 76,890. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Purchasing a map from the town kook, Old Jim, sets Scar and Potbelly on an adventure to retrieve the other two sections of the map and locate the treasure to which it leads.
Tides of Faith: Travail of The Dark Mage Book Two
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Series: Travail of The Dark Mage, Book 2. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 187,820. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
After having barely survived their return from Earth, James, Jiron and Jira enlist the aid of friends on their way to reunite with their loved ones.
Maps for The Morcyth Saga
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Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Here are 4 maps that go with The Morcyth Saga and Travail of The Dark Mage. They are works in progress, with only places visited by James and his friends being shown.
Portals: A Dungeon Crawler Adventure
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Series: Dungeon Crawlers, Book 2. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 86,840. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Holk, a veteran warrior of many campaigns stumbles into a subterranean world from which there appears no escape. He discovers a network of caverns, lakes, and fungal expanses; each area isolated from the others. The only avenue from one to the next lies through a series of portals. Within this world he meets a mysterious being known only as The Merchant; a dragon; and a small human boy-child
Help! I Don't Want To Live Here Anymore
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Price: Free! Words: 23,020. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2009. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
Not long after my three children went to live with their mother and her boyfriend, they began complaining about the terrible new life they encountered in their new home. They and I discussed the different situations and tried to work out ways in which they could make things better. This book recounts how I strove to help them deal with their new circumstances. Some helped, others are pending.
Light in the Barren Lands: Travail of The Dark Mage Book One
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Series: Travail of The Dark Mage, Book 1. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 108,700. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Light in the Barren Lands begins "Travail of The Dark Mage" sequel to The Morcyth Saga. James and Jiron end up on Earth. Returning to Jiron's homeworld is complicated in that Earth doesn't appear to be a very magical place. Unable to even feel the presence of magic, James doubts if they'll ever get home again.
The Mists of Sorrow: The Morcyth Saga Book Seven
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 7. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 180,620. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.92 from 13 reviews)
Here in the climactic conclusion of The Morcyth Saga, James finally learns what he was brought to this world to do, and almost too late. More magic in this one than in any other.
Shades of the Past: The Morcyth Saga Book Six
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 6. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 138,500. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.92 from 12 reviews)
Enough is enough! Time to kick some butt. James, along with those who have gravitated to him since his first arrival to this world, go on the offensive against the forces of the Empire. Lots of fighting, magic. Also mixed in with the Allies is the Hand of Asran. Think Druids with attitude.
The Star of Morcyth: The Morcyth Saga Book Five
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 5. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 140,550. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.88 from 8 reviews)
James is summoned to stand before the Cardri High Council to face charges brought to bear by the Empire. Incapacitated, he is given into their hands.
Trail of the Gods: The Morcyth Saga Book Four
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 4. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 117,850. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.18 from 11 reviews)
Getting some R&R in Trendle, James works to learn more of how to control and harness magic. Also, he and Jiron sneak into the Empire controlled city of Saragon. There they hope to discover where the priests of Morcyth went, and maybe to find out why James had been brought to this world in the first place.
Warrior Priest of Dmon-Li: The Morcyth Saga Book Three
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 146,780. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 9 reviews)
When James destroyed the Iron Mines at Sorna in a mammoth volcanic eruption after rescuing Miko from his enslavement, massive tsunamis wreaked havoc all along the Empire’s coastland. This brought the attention of certain powers within the Empire to bear.
Fires of Prophecy: The Morcyth Saga Book Two
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 123,940. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.52 from 29 reviews)
At the fall of the City of Light, Miko is captured by the Empire's forces and is taken as a slave into the Empire. James. with the help of some new found allies, travels into the Empire to rescue his friend. From the City of Light, to the slave markets of Korazan, even unto the Empire's capitol itself, James continues his search for his friend, Miko, unwilling to leave him to his fate.
The Unsuspecting Mage: The Morcyth Saga Book One
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Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 144,300. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(3.98 from 47 reviews)
“Want to be a mage? Then do we have the job for you…” Sounds great for a veteran role-player. When on-the-job training entails battling demons, learning magic through trial and error, and living in a world without toilet paper, things could get rough. But to be dropped in the middle of a forest and having to do it on your own with no instruction…welcome to James’ world.
Quest's End: The Broken Key #3
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Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 176,220. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The location of the fourth and last coat of arms from The Crypt has been located and leads Riyan and the rest to travel to the Lands of the Moran Tribes, a less than hospitable place for outlanders. Unbeknownst to our heroes, Hoard-crazed men have gravitated to Quillim in search of the Hoard, ravaging the countryside as each vie to be the one to uncover the entrance.
Hunter of the Horde: The Broken Key #2
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Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 162,240. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Riyan, Chad, and Bart continued their quest with the aid of their newfound companion, Kevik. Recently bereft of his master, Kevik struggled on his own to learn his craft and to put the appellation of ‘Apprentice’ behind him. Word that they may have found the King’s Horde had begun to spread. Now, it has reached the ears of one who will stop at nothing to discover what they know.
Shepherd's Quest: The Broken Key #1
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Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 132,930. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.
Ring of the Or'tux
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 158,270. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In many stories you hear how ‘The Chosen One’ appeared to save the day. Every wonder what would happen if the one doing the choosing bungled the job? Fish out of water, that's how Hunter soon finds himself. Taken from the lobby of a theater to a burned-out ruin of a temple, he finds himself embroiled in otherworldly machinations. Forget about saving the world, can he even save himself?
The Adventurer's Guild: #1-Jaikus and Reneeke Join the Guild
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Series: The Adventurer's Guild, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 67,850. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Jaikus and Reneeke are ordinary lads whose dream in life is to become a member of The Adventurer's Guild. But to become a member, they must be able to lay claim to an Adventure worthy of the Guild. They quickly realize that doing such may be harder than anticipated. Tagging along with a seasoned Group of Adventurers as "Springers" they set out only to later learn that Springers-Spring the trap
Underground: A Dungeon Crawler Adventure
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Series: Dungeon Crawlers, Book 1. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 63,840. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Four people awaken in an underground room. Not sure how they came to be there, or who is responsible, they must work together in order to find a way out of what soon turns into a hostile and lethal situation. Traps, treasure, and monsters abound. In order to survive they will have to put their wits to the test.

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  • Of Staves and Sigmas on Jan. 11, 2011

    Have you ever read Homer? The Iliad? Or the one that killed me in high school, Lord Jim? Of Staves and Sigmas is written in the style of classic literature and I couldn't have been more pleased. True, this self proclaimed long winded author goes into minute detail about everything, but does it in such a way as to be most entertaining to the reader. And do you like the flair of merry old England? At first I thought this work to be fraught with misspellings until the author was kind enough to enlighten me to the knowledge that there is an 'English' or 'British' way to spell words as well as the American way I grew up with. Once I realized that, this American set to with a vengeance. The premise of this book would at first seem cliched and standard old fare. Man from this world is inexplicable drawn to another. Why, my own work covers a variant of that as well. But in Mr. Verdegast's there is much more to it than that. James Wagner, or Voknor as he's known in the other world of Ergos, is part of something that in the first book of the series is still vague with only glimpses and tantalizing foreshadowings of what is to come. In the beginning he's in an psychiatric institute because of blackouts and strange behaviors which he refers to as benders. Be warned, the first several chapters are full of psychiatric mumbo jumbo, but it is necessary as it lays very important groundwork for what is to follow. Ever read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant? And how you had to wade through about 30 pages of development before you get to the good stuff? Of Staves and Sigmas is sort of like that, only much more interesting. After all, Thomas Covenant didn't run through walls naked as a jay bird or sit in the middle of an office having a nonexistent cook-out while in the throes of one of his blackout sessions. Once he gets to Ergos, the action picks up as only a master storyteller could achieve. Never a wasted paragraph, everything either lays groundwork or moves the story along. I found myself at times reading the story, not for what was happening, but the way in which the author put the words together. I have to tell you, my own writing improved due to reading Mr. Verdegast's work. Character development is constant throughout the book. World building is intricate. Every character remains true to themselves throughout. None of this where in chapter one the author mentions a certain character is a Vegan only to have them eating roast beef in chapter ten. Very consistent. I can honestly say that I have not read a book like this since English Class in high school. The word use is at least 10th grade if not college level and the only problems I found with it were a few misplaced, or missing quotation marks. What a refreshing read after having read so many 'top of the genre fantasy books' written at grade school level. The ending of the book is all one could hope for. Heroics and battle, fighting and camaraderie, this book is sure to go down as one of the best written, and highly entertaining books of the first part of the Twenty First Century. The only downside to this book is that the rest of the series has yet to be written. But I have been assured by the author that the second installment is even now close to completion. On the upside, Of Staves and Sigmas doesn't end in a cliffhanger. True, events are in motion and you want to find out what happens, but you aren't left feeling like "What? It's over? It CAN'T be over!!" because of plots left in mid-dangle. I wholeheartedly recommend this to any serious fantasy reader. Those looking for lighter fare may wish to search elsewhere. But for those who've been reading for years, and find that books being published by the main publishers all seem to read alike and are less than fulfilling, then for you, I say you must try Of Staves and Sigmas. You will not regret it.