The Merchant of Oria by David Wiley

After two weeks of travel, Firion is about to fulfill his dream of buying and selling in the dwarf town of Oria, but something is horribly amiss there.  Eyes staring at him from the shadows, shrunken dwarves not acting their usual garrulous selves, the merchant hall deserted except for the serpent with whom he finally makes a trade.  The serpent’s companion, Melody’s sweet (though bearded) visage gives him insight into Oria.  Oria needs saving from whatever illusion it is cast under.  Like most of us readers, lowly Firion doubts he has it in him to overcome his fear and be strong enough to save Melody and perhaps the rest of Oria.  Is that what a hero does?  “No, a true hero steps up and does the right thing because he sees a problem needing to be solved,” his mentor Tyron tells him.  We can guess that Firion plays the part of hero, but how he goes about it is worth the read.  David Wiley believes in his characters and makes fantastical figures come to life.      Author website

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Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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