The Labyrinth

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
This fantasy novella tells the story of a young wizard who participates in a magical competition that goes fundamentally wrong, pitting him and his fellow competitors against a deadly maze in a desperate struggle for survival. The novella is a prequel to the full-length novel Of Spells and Demons. More
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About Kenneth McDonald

I am an education consultant who works for state government in the area of curriculum. Prior to my current job, I taught American and world history at a number of colleges and universities in California, Georgia, and South Carolina. I started writing fiction in graduate school. In addition to my novels and short works, I have written a lot of serialized fantasy fiction that has been posted on the Story Hour forum at the Dungeons & Dragons fan site, including stories placed in the Forgotten Realms, Shackled City, and Rappan Athuk settings. These stories have collectively received over two thousand reader posts and three hundred thousand page views. I am also an active member of the player community for the multiplayer computer game Neverwinter Nights, and have released over two dozen modules for that game on the Neverwinter Vault Web site. My doctorate is in European history, and I live with my wife, who is an attorney, in Sacramento, California.

About the Series: The Mages of Sacreth
The Mage Kingdom of Sacreth is led by practitioners of magic, men and women who use special devices that allow them to safely focus the wild and potent power of magic. The series focuses on the adventures of Keric Olwyhn, scroll mage and professor of magic at the University of Sacreth, as he is drawn into the plots and dangers that threaten the Mage Kingdom.

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Review by: Brandy Hunt on Jan. 14, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this short story/novella. I liked the characters and how they interacted along with the spellcasting systems. The sequel is definitely on my to buy list.
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Review by: Majerus on Oct. 12, 2010 :
I'm a fan of this author from his earlier (unpublished) works so I'm a tad biased, and Labyrinth is classic McDonald. His characters are as rich as Stephen Kings; his combat, spellcasting and dialogue all filled with details that keep you turning the (virtual) page. You won't find many short stories that make you look immediately to see what happens to the hero... this one will.
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