Two fantastic comic fantasies - MY HERO and WHO'S AFRAID OF BEOWULF? - reissued with brilliant new cover style.
This omnibus brings together two of Tom Holt's best-loved stories. In My Hero, Jane thinks writing novels is a piece of cake. Until hers starts writing back. At which point, she really should stop. The one thing she should not do is go into the book herself. After all, that’s what heroes are for. Unfortunately, the world of fiction is a far more complicated place than she ever imagined, and she’s about to land her hero right in it. In Who's Afraid of Beowulf?, Hrolf Earthstar, the last Norse King of Caithness, and his 12 champions are awakened from a centuries-long sleep when archaeologist Hildy Frederiksen finds their grave mound. Not only that, but Hrolf decides to carry on his ancient war against the powers of darkness. Starting with the Bakerloo Line.
`Will they be all right?' Hildy asked doubtfully. `They don't seem very practical to me.' The King nodded. `I should think so,' he said. `Take Angantyr Asmundarson, for instance. To join the muster at Melvich, he marched all night from Brough Head to Burwick - that's right across two msin islands of Orkney - and since there was no boat available he swam over from Burwick to the mainland, in the middle of a storm. Then he ran all the way from Duncansby Head to Melvich, on the morning before the battle, and still fought in the front rank against the stone-rolls of Finnmark. Complaining bitterly about his wet clothes and how he was going to catch his death pneumonia, of course, but that's just his way.' He paused, and contemplated his fingernails for a moment. `Put like that, I suppose, it rather proves your point. Only a complete idiot would have gone to so much trouble to get involved in a battle. Come on,' he said briskly, `it's time we were going.'