A Fantasy Short Story
Author: Margaret McGaffey Fisk
Publisher: TTO Publishing
eBook Publication Date: Aug 2014
Formats: Mobi (Kindle), ePub (Nook, Kobo, etc.), and PDF
eBook ISBN-13: 978-1-63139-006-7
Fate, desire, and doing the right thing.
A swordsmith’s unappreciated apprentice puts her career, and even her life, on the line to confront a knight with a deadly secret.
Forged won third place in the 2010 SFReader.com Short Story Contest and is now available for the first time as an eBook for your reading convenience
Tanja Cilia on the Muse Online Conference listserv (posted with permission):
“…just so you’ll know… I had to catch the NEXT bus! And of course I HAD to look up Damascus Steel, what a good idea [cut for spoilers]…”
John Whelan on Smashwords
Superb, a short story but well written.
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Behind the Story
I’ve been fascinated with swords, and Damascus Steel in particular, for most of my life. When Katherine Derbyshire offered the Fun with Swords class as part of Forward Motion‘s Back to School program, I jumped on it. We were required to write a short piece that used what we’d learned about swordsmithing in the class. With those guidelines, it all came together. Now that’s not to say the story didn’t need many edits and even some complete rewrites to bring it to the current version, but that’s where the heart of Aki’s tale came into being.