"The book is chock full of action and fantasy. The art was lots of fun to do and the book is lots of fun to read!" – Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
Original cover art designed by
Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell

Original Fantasy Art Contest

Welcome talented fantasy artists. I am announcing a contest that is open to all fantasy artists.

Win a $500 Cash Prize!

The rules

Create any type of original art work containing any character or combination of characters from my book. Submit a high quality jpeg file of the art work to:

crimsonbattleaxe@yahoo.com

The entries must be received by September 30, 2012. All entries will be displayed with the name of the author on my website in order to display the art. I will judge the art work (perhaps with a little guest help) and the winner will receive a 500 dollar cash prize.

"The Crimson Battle Axe" an exciting new fantasy fiction story written by author Curtis Oddo. A classical sword-and-sorcery tale inspired by books like "The Three Musketeers" and “Robin Hood” and other classical fantasy tales.

This is a message from the Wind Wizard Hailstriker

Darkness has befallen the human lands with destruction of West Gate by the exiled Dark Lord Nobis by his messenger of death, the Great Beast. I fear unless we act now further calamity will follow with the Dark Lord overtaking the human lands and eventually placing all our world under his evil hand. Please respond quickly to this urgent message by sending whatever aid you can in this dark hour. I am assembling a force to fight against his evil plans and need your aid.

And so it begins...

This is a message from the Wind Wizard Hailstriker

Darkness has befallen the human lands with destruction of West Gate by the exiled Dark Lord Nobis by his messenger of death, the Great Beast. I fear unless we act now further calamity will follow with the Dark Lord overtaking the human lands and eventually placing all our world under his evil hand. Please respond quickly to this urgent message by sending whatever aid you can in this dark hour. I am assembling a force to fight against his evil plans and need your aid.

And so it begins...

Curtis Oddo M.D.

My name is Curtis Oddo M.D. and I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I am 47 years old. I have two teenage children, Tabalitha age 18 and David age 16. I am divorced. I went to school at the University of Illinois for undergraduate and medical school. I did my pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and finished my residency in 1993. I have...

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Main Characters

Gnarl the Crimson Battle Axe

Half-Biroc/Half-Demon. The most feared and fearsome warrior on his world, Gnarl is the son of an evil high priestess and “demon” from another plane.. Sworn defender of the Biroc people with his flaming Crimson Battle Axe and red dragon armor, Gnarl delivers blows for justice against anyone who seeks to enslave or destroy his people. He holds bitter grudges against the other three main races on his world: the humans, the Myknisyrgar, and the Dekari. Gnarl’s life changes forever when he meets the lovely human female, Thelady.

Thelady Windmoor

The beautiful orphaned daughter of a brave human warrior, Thelady runs a refugee camp in the human lands. Known for good deeds, she has a heart of gold pure enough even to touch the fierce warrior heart of Gnarl. Thelady’s destiny grows eternally intertwined with Gnarl after fate brings them together.

Hailstriker Riversong

The noble human wind wizard Hailstriker Riversong is more powerful than he thinks. Desiring isolation after being ostracized by the human race, he now decides once more to try to save the humans and his world at its darkest hour. Long ago acquainted with Gnarl, Hailstriker trusts him enough to seek Gnarl’s aid to fight against the Dark Lord Nobis and his messenger of death, the Great Beast.

Garon

A Myknisyrgar born with his people’s metal eithurn running through his veins, Garon steps out from amongst his people and their self-imposed exile to seek adventure and knowledge while fighting to defeat the evil threatening his world. Knowing little of the outside world, Garon is naïve about all the difficulties he faces when he opens the door to this new world outside the Myknisyrgar lands.

Lord Basteel Malkin

Young brash human knight, the son of the commander of the guards of the largest city on Gnarl’s world, The Citadel, Lord Basteel Malkin knows no fear even when he should. He speaks brashly, attacks rashly out of a lust for adventure which overwhelms his young life. Basteel does not know Gnarl but hates him by reputation, for Gnarl is the most hated enemy of the humans. Now, somehow, they have to fight together to save their world.

President Perez Aziz

Hired president ruler of the black panther humanoid people, the Dekari. The seafaring Dekari are known for their greed and skills at trading in southern seas. Perez Aziz is one of the few of his race who has the "shadow power", which can make him almost invisible when he needs to be. Perez Aziz is a strange mixture of a lust for profit, fun, and noble deeds-as long as he gets paid well. He has an extensive knowledge of potions and apothecary remedies as well as being lethal with his people's traditional javelins. Hired by his people to ensure war does not break out and threaten trade, he willingly joins the quest to fight against the Dark Lord Nobis.

The Dark Lord Nobis

Evil Biroc sorcerer who has been exiled in the Desolate Lands for fifty years. He will stop at nothing to free himself from exile and place the entire world within his evil grasp. Who knows his evil, cunning plans?

Death

Death has a supporting role in the book especially when Gnarl the Crimson Battle Axe is around.

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