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Orinstar by Peter HeltonOrinstar (2017)

In a world wrought with darkness and swarming with the evil forces of the dark lord, Únghôr, the realm of Angâron is the last bastion of free peoples, not yet under Únghôr's dominion.

A dwarf by the name of Dáblik, escaping a losing battle on the continent of Táres, is sent by the wizard Vîndhar through a World Gate to Angâron in search of Ándra who, unbeknown to himself, holds the key to saving Angâron from destruction.

Dáblik finds Ándra lingering in the debtor's jail of the local baron. The dwarf enlists the help of Sórin, Ándra's closest friend, to break him out and their hopeless quest begins.

With the help of the mysterious and enchanting witch, Élhima, and the down-at-heel conjuror, Rôkin, they manage to escape from the baron's prison and flee into the vast Latwood.

Yet it is not only the baron's men who hunt them; the real danger stalking them is a nárôgh, a terrifying dark mage, sent by Únghôr to devour Angâron's last hope. Hard on their heels too are other servants of the enemy, and not all are easily recognised (or as ugly) as woodgoblins and tunnel ogres.

To his dismay Ándra finds that his fate is closely bound up with that of the witch Élhima and the desperate fight to defend Angâron. Together they must uncover a repository of power called the Ôrinstar, their only hope to defeat the forces now being mustered against Angâron. But what is the Ôrinstar? And how can they hope to find in time a thing they know so little about?

As the world darkens around them and they are pressed hard by the agents of the enemy, they must learn to rely on each other's strengths and talents, make strange alliances and learn to tread dangerous paths.

Venture Press is a new science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, launching in September 2015. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. It was originally founded in 2011 by Matthew Lynn and Richard Foreman. They have had a great deal of success in publishing, promoting and selling ebook editions of works by new authors as well as bringing out ebook editions of out of print books.

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