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What's In A Name?: Tales from the Lost Horizon

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A quest borne of a feckless promise!

A troop of elf rangers must outsmart the dangers that lurk deep in the heart of Thunderer to make good the King's wedding commitment to his blushing bride. Armed with mystical knowledge, they face a danger that has bedeviled the most intrepid of adventurers for centuries!

This action packed short story will leave you wondering what's in
Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Published February 27th 2015 by Maelstrom
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It seems like we get most of the plot as a very compact back story and focus on the final chapter or two. It also seems as if the author wants to cram many elements of epic fantasy in, and shifts from a parody of the genre to the real thing. What we get is a pot-pourri of The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Ursula K. LeGuin, Clash of the Titans and maybe a dash of Monty Python. It's quite a feat to pull off, and Eging does quite a good job. I think however, that this short story should have been a nov ...more
M.G. Edwards
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michael Eging has written a gem – or should I say treasure? -- of a story filled with adventure and fantasy not unlike tales of yore from some of the greats.

A hearty band of elves led by Vondrall must confront the dangers lurking in the bowels of Thunderer Mountain to fulfill their king’s ill-advised promise to bring back a treasured gift. To achieve their quest, they must defeat the dragon whose only vulnerability lies in its name and stave off greedy rivals from the human realm. Can Vondrall
P.S. Winn
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a short story this book has an amazing tale. In the time of dragons a group of elves and a group of men converge on the dragon's lair in search of treasure and secrets all they need is the dragon's name to unlock those things, or do they? Well written story that is compelling and interesting. ...more
Kim Cox
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-written short story that leaves you wanting more. Imaginative, exciting, with lots of action. Reminded me some of Tolkien's work. Would love to see it expanded into at least novella size. ...more
Jennifer Hinsman
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great short read. The fantasy tale will bring you to another place, the descriptions were so real! If you like fantasy, dragons and adventure you should check out this treasure!
Melinda Matthews
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An epic short story!! Outstanding! ~
This is a rich short of epic proportions and a great allegory to boot! Swept me along, breathless. Enjoyed the quest. Enjoyed the depth! Don't want to give anything away but there was one character who definitely did not know that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall... Loved it!
Alex James
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I found reading What’s in a Name? to be a surprising, dark, and not-too-short fantasy short-story that packs a punch.

An intrepid company of elves led by Commander Vondrall must venture towards the volcanic Thunderer peak, where a dragon lies, to make good the King’s wedding commitment to his blushing bride. There are riches, treasure, and secrets there, but what exactly are they after? Armed with a dragon scale and a spell, they fancy their chances, but a rival company of men is similarly equipp
Peggy McAloon
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Michael Eging created an epic fantasy condensed into a short story. The story follows the remaining six Royal Scouts who started their quest at the Elvin Home of the Milvin Eagles numbering thirty-five. The book quickly uncovers the devastation suffered by the bedraggled group at the hand of the orcs, goblins, and humans.f

Vondrall, the leader of the group, is heroic in leading his men toward the Orb of Solomnai as a gift requested by the King's betrothed. I found it confusing that the story didn
Joy Lo-Bamijoko
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Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short but action packed.

This short story was a thrill packed quest tale. Filled with elves, cocky humans and a devilish dragon that has no honor. Great mini fantasy adventure.
Joshua Grant
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael Eging wows us with an actiony tale set in an imaginative fantasy world in What’s in a Name?: Tales from the Lost Horizon! A group of elven rangers are sent into the treacherous wilderness of Mount Thunderer to fulfil a king’s request. Eging captures all the excitement, beautiful description, and in depth lore that I love from classics like Lord of the Rings and The Forgotten Realms! This one’s short and sweet, and if you love fantasy definitely take a climb on the dangerous peak of Thund ...more
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Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother's old typewriter.

While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russ

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