The Tower and The Eye: A Beginning

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Mandy Ward

Publisher : Mandy Ward

ABOUT Mandy Ward

Mandy Ward
Mandy thought she was a Teacher, until Life pointed out to her that she is actually a writer. As her Cats, Kids and Partner approved, she decided to agree with Life. Currently she is working on a five book  Sword & Sorcery Novella Series and a Children's Book series collaboration wit More...



Prince Loric and his companions gather at a tavern in the village of Pleasemore, in the heart of his father’s kingdom of Galivor.

A castle ruin has drawn him forth and he risks his life to capture the Heart of the dungeon below it. With battles and creatures aplenty, who will return to the light of day alive to tell the tale?

The Tower and The Eye is a series of Novellas that came out of my love for RPG and Sword & Sorcery. I have many happy memories of spending Saturday and Sunday afternoons, rolling dice, acting out my character and generally being elvish. When I started writing seriously, it was natural that I used my experiences in RPG to aid my story development. So you’ll often find me rolling a 10 sided die to decide what happens to a character or where they are going. I also drew inspiration from a number of Fantasy / Sword & Sorcery based console games that I love to play and the Master of Pure Fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien himself. The Tower and The Eye tales began appearing after I had spent a while writing horror stories and I needed to get back to my fantasy work. My horror side does come through in the battles, but I enjoy the journeys that I make my characters take (whether the characters enjoy them is another thing!) and these stories are pure fantasy – Elves, Dwarves, Orc’s; Demons, sword fights and magic aplenty.

“This is a fun read employing all the stereotypes we have come to know and love from Dungeons and Dragons and the sword and sorcery fantasy world. Axe-wielding dwarves, ethereal, pointy eared elves, a bumbling hero, a buxom barmaid and an evil lord bent on re-conquering the world. But it certainly isn’t all predictable. Some of the characters are a tad unexpected, like the talking jar who acts as the Evil Overlord’s aide de camp. Although the author says it isn’t a spoof, I suspect she’s telling at least a little bit of a porky. The Tower and the Eye? No reverberations from Mordor? I suspended judgement and went along for the ride and got a little bit more than I bargained for. Some of the outcomes I expected didn’t come to pass. Some parts are downright funny, like the skeletal hand that holds the hero’s torch while he tries to break down the dungeon door. Recommended as a piece of light entertainment.” -  Ms. G. van der Rol,

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“Classic sword & sorcery fantasy. This romps along through a fairly a traditional Dungeons & Dragons scenario, for which the author makes no apologies, but what made this stand out for me was the dialogue. Some lovely one-liners remind me of early David Eddings and made me remember all the fantasy I lapped up in my student years. If you like Eddings wit and/or are a fan of D&D and its spin-offs then you’ll enjoy this story.” - Debbie, Amazon UK