Sword Story

new fantasy adventure novel The Bone Sword

Kristin Frosch, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Local fantasy author Walter Rhein, his new novel, The Bone Sword, and his new human being, Sofia.
 
Local fantasy author Walter Rhein, his new novel, The Bone Sword, and his new human being, Sofia.

Local fantasy author Walter Rhein has just released his latest epic adventure tale, The Bone Sword, distributed by Rhemalda Publishing, this month.

Known for his engrossing style, Rhein has written several novels, two published by publishing houses and six published independently under a pseudonym. A novel about the American Birkebeiner is also scheduled for release next year. There may even be a sequel for The Bone Sword in the works.

In The Bone Sword, after rising from the swamps of Plaiden, Malik flees to the mountains with two orphan children that possess healing powers. A revolution ensues as Malik is confronted with the evil Father Ivory and The Nightshades. The fate of the free people of Miscony lies in Malik’s hands as the novel builds toward the final battle.

The heroic protagonist, Malik, is inherently “good,” yet as a result of numerous negative circumstances, loses track of his sense of morality. In effort to regain what is irrevocably lost, he seeks support from those he believes to be morally inclined, and follows their lead. Conflicts arise when the actions of these individuals lead Malik to unleash the very facets of his nature he has been striving to repress.

Although the classic fantastical elements are present within the tale, it is the novel’s undercurrents that give substantive meaning to the text. 

“My intent with writing The Bone Sword was to create a simple fantasy adventure, but as I progressed with the novel it became quite a bit more complicated,” said Rhein. “The plot is essentially driven by a chase that is pretty much sustained throughout the book; but as I was writing, I found myself becoming more and more interested in the psychology of my characters.”

That being said, themes of morality present in The Bone Sword transcend genre constraints and become more than the typical fantasy novel targeting a stereotypical class of readers.

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