Follow the links below for information on each story, including honors, publishing history and purchasing information.
“The Fortuitous Meeting” is the first adventure in this series and a Nebula Award finalist for best novelette.
In “A Parlous Battle”, Gerard and Oludara must face the ferocious Capelobo in order to win the trust of the Tupinambá natives.
In “The Discommodious Wedding”, Gerard and Oludara fight magic with magic as they confront some of the most powerful legends of the Brazilian wilderness.
Quotes about the series:
“I expect Christopher Kastensmidt’s dynamic S&S duo of Gerard Van Oost and Oludara to do wonderful things in the future.”
– Douglas Cohen, Editor of Realms of Fantasy
“I enjoyed Christopher Kastensmidt’s “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard Van Oost and Oludara”. This is a sort of origin story, and so we get to see each hero perform one heroic (and clever) feat, setting up further adventures for the pair.”
– Review by Rich Horton, April 2010 issue of Locus Magazine
“An entertaining mix of adventure and folklore in a fantastic world where monsters roam the forests of Brazil and Africa.”
“Kastensmidt captures adventure in the spirit of New World explorers with vigor. [He] skillfully weaves history, fantasy, adventure, and strong characterization into a compelling introduction.”
“Just go somewhere quiet, put your headphones on, listen to the story and get lost in this world. It’s fantastic.”
“This was definitely my favorite piece in the issue, a strong and fun retake on epic fantasy.”
“The story is a swift moving adventure, carefully constructed for a seamless flow of information that paints in the landscape and the period without bogging the reader down. This is only the beginning. It left me wanting more.”
– M.G. Ellington, Marketing Director of Apex Book Company
“’Fortuitous Meeting’ is a delicious read, with charismatic, intelligent characters. Gerard and Oludara form a duo with potential for unlimited adventures.”