Chapter 27


It took two days by horse, three and a half by wagon, five to walk from her home in the mountains to the prairie castle. But Sidrea was far too old, and frail as a dried leaf, for such a journey. After nine days, she was close enough that she thought she saw the town and castle in the distance. It looked like a large black smear. She thought she was more than a few hours by wagon from town, probably more than a day’s walk for her. (more…)

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Chapter 26

Samard is Missing

“What do you mean he is missing?” Tamerad hazel eyes flared. Her face flushed with anger. She spoke each word with harsh intensity.

Haajiyo worried she’d ruined Tamerad’s immediate plans for the king. “I’ve looked everywhere.” Haajiyo hoped her voice didn’t sound too whiny. She didn’t dare not kneel or beg forgiveness. Such demeaning of herself infuriated Tamerad. If she became too angry, the witch might dismiss her. She would never learn more magic. (more…)

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Chapter 25

Karth’s Opportunity

Karth was an assassin and thief for hire. His reputation was. Requests for his skills came from over the mountains and beyond the ocean, from places he knew nothing of. He carefully considered each request before accepting. First to make sure it was not a trap set for him. And second, to make sure the victim deserved to be stolen from or killed. But he was also a man of opportunity. (more…)

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Topaz – Jewel of Desire

Magic begins with desire, faith and vision. The passion of the desire determines the intent of the outcome. Magic promises intrigue, adventure and excitement. It lies.

Wizard-Dwarf Namia Zora’s used a spell to create Topaz. An uncut jewel the size of a man’s fist. It was a wedding gift for the new king and queen. Magic corrupted it.

Topaz feeds on despair, steals dreams, and ensnares the soul of anyone it desires. It cannot be cracked, smashed, melted, or defiled. The jewel is indestructible, or so everyone believes.


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