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The bitter snowflakes swirled around.
A cold wind blew right into William’s face, almost making him fall from the sheer force.
The razor sharp winds were deadly here in the tundra.
William took a deep breath, which turned into ice particles that dispersed into the snowy, white landscape.
He found a clear foothold to rest and rubbed his hands together. They were cold. Like everything else here. It was pointless to warm them up. They would get cold again once he started climbing. The only way to find real warmth was to get to the top, and he knew that very well.
“I can’t give up yet; I’m so close to success.” He reminded himself, trying to calm down. “Yes, I need to focus. One misstep can lead to death.”
The young man pulled himself together.
He left the safe spot and continued to climb.
The two knives were curved.
Ordinary knives would easily slip out of the ice, so having them specially made by a blacksmith was vital for climbing.
But even if you prepare the best you can, accidents are doomed to happen. Some things in life are inevitable.
Just as William was about to stick one of his knives into the ice and climb further up the wall of ice, a cold gust hit him.
The young man held onto the knife with every ounce of strength he possessed.
Unfortunately, It wasn’t enough.
And as the cold wind passed, so did the knife of his free hand.
The blade plunged down into the bottomless pit below
Slowly but surely, it disappeared out of view in the darkness, hitting the sides of the crevice as it fell.
Dammit! Of all times, why now?!
He knew what it meant to lose one of these knives.
And now one of them was gone.
The young man looked up at the mist concealed mountaintop above.
Twenty minutes of climbing, at least. Dammit, if only I were more careful, this wouldn’t have happened.
Suddenly, to his left side, a light flickered in the darkness.
It was a cave.
The cave was over a meter away. He'd have to jump if he wanted to get there. A jump in the frozen tundra, that's more than a jump. That's a risk. A risk of death.
Was he willing to take that risk?
Did he have the courage to look death into the eyes?
William never considered himself brave. It’s the exact opposite.
There was not a single time he dared to stand up to the bullies of his childhood. He always blamed his lack of strength.
But was that really the problem?
William dreamt about adventures, exploring the world with friends. Adventurers are heroic individuals who gain the fame of men, and the hearts of women.
He yearned to be one such adventurer.
And although the main reason was to discover the world and satisfy his curiosity, a little bit of fame didn’t hurt.
Yet, with the innate weakness of being unable to practice the art of the scrolls, that became but a fleeting, distant dream.
Years later, as William heard about the Frost Dragon here in the frozen tundra, his feelings were set in motion.
The dragon race holds incredible knowledge about cultivation, and might even be able to solve his problems.
So at that moment, in the toughest time of his life, when he saw nothing but darkness, this glimmer of hope brought him hope again.
With almost non-existent hesitation, the young man packed his belongings and began his travels to find the Frost dragon.
Now he was here, months later, climbing the thousand meter mountain with only two daggers, one of them being lost.
Should he give up here, making the whole journey in vain?
He shook his head. “No.”
There’s no way I can do that.
I haven’t come this whole way just to turn back.
I won’t let my dreams be just dreams.
This one time, I won’t surrender to fear.
The young man’s eyes were filled with determination.
He smiled and jumped.
Theresa Alley: right from the start it is of the genre I love!! And it doesn't slow down from there!! I love that it kept me reading til I had no more story left to read!! I finished it in one day!! love this book!! looking forward to more from this author, if not about ASTA, more of the same style!! PLEASE!!!???
rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...
Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...
Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!
ynez2005: I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!!Though you really need to make another book,more Princesses!!! Whoooo!!!Girl Power!!!Mabey it could even be Devona's BFF???That would make it even better!!!Plus can you pleeease make Akki come back,together with Thea and Authur amd the whole family is back!Other th...
Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...
ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...
makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...
petew25: I have been reading WW2 novels for years and am a retired Marine pilot. Though the plot in some ways reminded me of the Gregory Peck classic leadership movie, "Twelve O'Clock High" I thought the author did a good job overall. The plot was believable and the characters were as well. In some places...
diabolka: This book is a fascinating twist on mythology, fantasy and romance genre. The author has done a fantastic job combining Greek mythology with a modern day twist, tying in a plot that offers twists and turns that are both expected and unexpected. The hero, Ross, and heroine, Antara, are complex, ...
catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.