matt smith

Clarion Books | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Boston New York

This book is dedicated
to Paul Scannell,
my eternal brother-in-arms.


Foremost I must thank my wife, Kathleen, for her brilliance, her support, and
her double-handed broadsword +50 vs. despair/quitting, -5 vs. Displacer Beasts.
Anne Hoppe and Daniel Nayeri: better editors won’t be found this side of
the gray mists.
Tom Pappalardo, Scott Magoon, and David Tilton: three good guys without
whom this book would not exist.
Snorri Sturluson, Robert E. Howard, Quorthon, J.R.R. Tolkien,
Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, Dan Brereton, Scott Chantler, Hergé, Professor
Timothy B. Shutt, Susan Paradis, and Basil Poledouris: in one way or another,
each contributed a major influence.

Clarion Books
215 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10003
Copyright © 2014 by Matt Smith
All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book,
write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Avenue
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Clarion Books is an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
The text was set in CC Wildwords.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available.
LCCN: 2013955384
ISBN 978-0-547-85906-4
eISBN 978-0-547-85914-9
Manufactured in China
SCP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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