Excerpt from a review written by Mike Vargo. Alongside the book cover is a parchment that reads, "We have a central character whose predicament rings psychologically true. Dramatic tensions are cranked high. The fantasy world faces challenges that have real-world parallels." --Mike Vargo

Windkeep

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The Second Chronicle of Tessia Dragonqueen

(The Talon Trilogy: Vol. 2) by Michael Simms

ISBN: 978-1-956440-71-3 paperback $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-72-0 ebook $9.99
February 20, 2024

Long ago, Milon Redshield, the first warrior-king of Windkeep Castle, brought down a curse on the kingdom for his cruel treatment of dragons, the Goddess Nilene’s chosen guardians of nature. Thousands of years later, Windkeep is still burdened with the curse, and Queen Tessia is having to defend her kingdom from repeated assaults by the weather witches and their allies. She turns to her friends and advisors Norbert the Green Mage and Tyrmiss the Last Dragon, to accompany her and a band of heroes in a quest to travel to the far land of Sheonad in order to parley with the witches, and if they refuse to negotiate, then to destroy their city. Tessia urges Norbert to use his powers to fight the witches and protect Windkeep, but Norbert is reluctant to do so because he understands that the world exists in delicate balance, and grave and unforeseen consequences result if the balance is disrupted. After fighting a number of battles and suffering bizarre magical transformations, Tessia and Norbert at last come to understand the kingdom of Windkeep can be saved only through the ancient wisdom of dragons.

 

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Windkeep

The Second Chronicle of Tessia Dragonqueen

Michael Simms The Talon Trilogy, Windkeep, Volume Two. The image shows a dark blue and black background with the sihlouette of a castle, fires burning on its turrets, being attached by an enormous fire-breathing dragon, also in sihlouette in front of a full moon.(The Talon Trilogy: Vol. 2) by Michael Simms

ISBN: 978-1-956440-71-3 paperback $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-72-0 ebook $9.99
February 20, 2024

Long ago, Milon Redshield, the first warrior-king of Windkeep Castle, brought down a curse on the kingdom for his cruel treatment of dragons, the Goddess Nilene’s chosen guardians of nature. Thousands of years later, Windkeep is still burdened with the curse, and Queen Tessia is having to defend her kingdom from repeated assaults by the weather witches and their allies. She turns to her friends and advisors Norbert the Green Mage and Tyrmiss the Last Dragon, to accompany her and a band of heroes in a quest to travel to the far land of Sheonad in order to parley with the witches, and if they refuse to negotiate, then to destroy their city. Tessia urges Norbert to use his powers to fight the witches and protect Windkeep, but Norbert is reluctant to do so because he understands that the world exists in delicate balance, and grave and unforeseen consequences result if the balance is disrupted. After fighting a number of battles and suffering bizarre magical transformations, Tessia and Norbert at last come to understand the kingdom of Windkeep can be saved only through the ancient wisdom of dragons.

Michael Simms, The Talon Trilogy, The Green Mage, First Chronicle of Tessia the Dragon Queen. Cover, painted in shades of green shows a close up of a woman with short hair and a dragon nose to nose. Windkeep is book two in a YA fantasy series about Tessia the Dragon Queen and her loyal advisor and friend Norbert Oldfoot, a gentle mage who has no desire to wield the powerful magics he probably could use if he were not such a good person. Norbert is the self-deprecating narrator of the story, as he was for book 1, The Green Mage.

Windkeep opens with a bored Queen Tessia seven years after the events of book 1. The kingdom is suffering a devastating drought, and when a traveler comes to town, he tells tales of the kingdoms and peoples to the north, including weather witches, who could bring rain, Tessia and her ministers believe him.

Tessia, Tyrmiss the dragon, and Norbert set off with a few others to set the kingdom to rights through diplomacy, and it all goes terribly wrong when they run afoul of a magic that turns all but Norbert into magically mismatched creatures. Can Norbert return his friends to their own shapes? And beyond that, will he and his magically transformed friends be able to save the kingdom?


Original cover art by Andrew Dunn “Windkeep.”


Simms Vargo LE P&W March 2024


“Whether Michael Simms is writing a personal essay about growing up with autism or poems about our dying planet, a barfight, or the mystery of a hummingbird’s radiance, he is a master storyteller whose narratives hold memorable moments full of fresh and telling details that unlock the heart.”

–Peter Makuck, author of Wins and Losses: Stories


Author Michael Simms playing with his dog. He wears a blue plaid shirt and jeans with cowboy hat, glasses, and a white beard that can't quite hide a wide smile.Born and raised in Texas, Michael Simms has worked as a squire and armorer to a Hungarian fencing master, stable hand, gardener, forager, estate agent, college teacher, editor, publisher, technical writer, lexicographer, political organizer, and literary impresario. He is the author of seven collections of poetry and a textbook about poetry. In 2011 Simms was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Legislature for his contribution to the arts. Simms and his wife Eva live in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Mount Washington overlooking the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.


 

Additional information

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 in
Edition

Ebook, Paperback

1 review for Windkeep

  1. kpdavis

    Michael Simms is a smart man. He often shares essays and poems in the online journal he runs that deal with important issues in the world today. So, I know he reads widely, and spends a lot of his brainpower thinking of how society got into the mess it’s in today. That wisdom of his shows in this fantasy novel. It’s sword and sorcery and adventure, but in the best ways, it’s also a civics lesson, breaking down what a government is for, what it’s supposed to do for its people.

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