Chapter 45 – A Pressing Need

“I’m going to enroll for the exams.” When Damien announced this in private quarters with Naelen and Lila, they both stared at him awkwardly. The three of them were in what seemed like a nice lounge, furnished with four sofas sitting in a square and a knee-table in the center. It must have been a…

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Chapter Forty-One – Weak and Vulnerable

Damien woke up from a long rest later that evening. The agents had brought him back to the town where Relyntha had enslaved a large clan of nomads. According to Maya, the town was called Endynwater, recently built about four years ago. Before that, the nomads had settled in the valley with their portable camps–…

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Chapter Thirty-six – A Significant Birthday

28 June “Nihilan, wake up.” Naelen opened his eyes and found Lanara smiling at him, holding a plate of freshly baked muffins. “Those are all for me?” he asked, wiping his sleepiness away. “Picked the huckleberries myself this morning.” After handing him the plate she kissed the top of his head and sifted her fingers…

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Chapter Thirty-five – So Flows the River

In the late evening, Damien opened his eyes almost as stubbornly as he had shut them. His body jolted him upright, sending panic through his limbs and spine. Something was wrong, he could feel it. Getting out of bed proved more difficult than needed. His feet were far too unsure of themselves to be prancing…

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Chapter Thirty-Four — The King’s Call

6 May Ashlyn opened her eyes slowly, squinting at the light bleeding through her window. Though her body felt worn and heavy, she pushed herself into a sit, rubbing her eyes as they adjusted. “Mother?” Her throat felt dry and weak, and calling out brought pain. “Mother?” she called again, holding her larynx. Moments later,…

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