Palladium – Chapter 31

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. After a search, he finds the woman who stole the lamp. Treshauna is a Black Night ninja who needs his help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once back, the saperes realize how wounded he is. His world blurs as he’s taken back to be healed. Waking up, Cirvel realizes three things: Treshauna has stayed with him, he’s lost the book about Alexander on a doomed world, and he is still not fully healed. He returns to his lamp where he knows he can take care of himself. After taking to the sands to heal, Cirvel returns with the strange feeling that he has fallen in love with Treshauna and she with him. He knows they must put their feelings aside, hard as it may be, to deal with the Shniktaur. Treshauna begins to ask him questions and he reveals how he had been an experiment which turned him into a unique novihomidrak (a champion born from a dragon). They then begin to make plans to find which dimension Drelin is in and to rescue him. For that, Cirvel needs supplies. Then go to the workshop of a gnome named T’kiel, who grudgingly allows the genie inside and gives them a clean space to work. T’kiel sets Cirvel and Treshauna up with everything they need to complete the spell to find Drelin, but outside forces work against Cirvel. T’kiel takes over helping the novihomidrak when Cirvel proves to be too distracted. Once Cirvel gets his focus back, he completes the spell and discovers Drelin’s location. T’kiel is interested in how Cirvel got tangled up with the ninjas and gives Cirvel a charm made of unicorn horn for protection. Cirvel and Treshauna leave T’kiel’s place and head out to find Drelin. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, but are being tracked with attack imminent. Cirvel has Treshauna take Drelin to the shadows while he hunts. The Shniktaur follows Treshauna from the shadows, attacking them. Once again, Treshauna retreats to the shadows, taking Cirvel with her. He feels movement, and strangely even senses the Humline strongly here even as he is surrounded by chaos. Treshauna brings them out of the shadows. They stand before huge gates closing off the city before them and try to gain entrance. The guard demands to be shown that they have magic among them, a strange request, but Cirvel obliges with a simple fire incantation. They are allowed to enter the city, but not very welcomed. They only get the briefest of replies in response to their questions about a healer for Drelin. Cirvel and Treshauna begin to walk the streets of this town they have happened upon. In looking for the healer, Madam Orcee, they discover that they are being followed. A brief encounter with their pursuers threatens to detain them from getting Drelin healed, so Cirvel uses magic to get away, only to be countered at ever spell, almost in a taunting way. At last, Madam Orcee’s shop is ahead of them. Once inside the tea shop, they convince Madam Orcee to help heal Drelin. The guards following them enter the tea shop and capture Cirvel and Treshauna, using some sort of magic which leaves them powerless and transports them to a cell. In the transition, a feeling comes over Cirvel that there is more going on here and that the Shniktaur has no intention of destroying this planet, not yet at least. They are released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Treshauna is left behind while the queen goes on with Cirvel. Queen Marthyrn leads Cirvel through the maze of her castle and shows him the amazing library called the Athenium which lies at the center. Cirvel learns she has read the entire library by magic. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest and its library, then she leads the way to show him. Marthyrn takes him to the center of the Athenium where there is an enclosed glass room. He hears a weak mewling. She keeps him from rushing ahead. Then he sees it: a small, ill dragon upon a pillow.  Cirvel touches the dragon with trepidation, afraid his own power might overwhelm it.The dragon, Leschemal, is terribly sick and weak, but there is no apparent cause. Cirvel learns that this planet measures their time in seasonal cycles rather than by the stars; they have no astronomers here. It is in the last 100 years that Leschemal has gotten sick, so Cirvel questions Marthryn about what happened back then. Cirvel learns about the Plenelians, a group of magicless people who are at war with Gohaldinest. Cirvel demands that she stop the fighting this very day.


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Palladium

Chapter 31

by Dawn Blair

Queen Marthryn shook her head. “I can’t. ‘Tis not that easy.” 

“Why would you believe that? All you need to do is stop.” Cirvel glanced back at Leschemal. “Especially considering how your battles have angered a dragon. Were he not so weak, he’d tell you. Why do you think he shrieks?”

Marthryn stammered. “I didn’t know. Are we really harming him?”

“You and the peoples of this planet involved in this war have corrupted the Humline so badly that it can only feed ill-will to Leschemal. It may be that the Humline is forever soured.”

“I do not understand this Humline you speak of, but I do not wish it to be making Leschemal sick. Can you stop it?”

“I don’t know. It depends on your actions.”

She dropped down with her knees on the pillow and began to pet Leschemal. “I’m so sorry.”

“Do you see now why your war must be stopped?” Cirvel asked.

“What if the Plenelians won’t stop?”

Cirvel straightened. “I will go talk to the Plenelians. They will cease their attacks. Now tell me of these beasts. Are they trained by your former enemy?”

“Nay. The gaxlor have always existed.”

“There are many of them then?”

“Aye.”

“Are there books in your library that would tell me everything I need to know about these gaxlors?”

Marthryn nodded.

“I shall deal with the Plenelians tomorrow. I should like to spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening with Leschemal and reading about these gaxlors.”

She looked reluctant. “I cannot leave you alone with Leschemal.”

“I might be able to heal him.”

“Then you will have to do it on my terms. I have been Leschemal’s guardian since I became Queen of Gohaldinest. I will not be remiss in my duty. His protection must be my top priority.”

Cirvel bit back the retort that if Leschemal’s protection meant so much to her, why was she not here with the suffering dragon instead of entertaining an audience? “Then make time, for an imagination dragon needs special care.”

“Imagination dragon? Is that what he is?”

“Yes.”

Her head tipped in confusion and Cirvel had to think back over their conversation for a moment until he recalled that some of their words were different than what he was speaking. “Aye,” he corrected himself. “He is an imagination dragon. They are very rare.”

Twisting her hip, she settled down beside Leschemal. As she settled her skirt around her legs, then reached out to continue petting Leschemal, she spoke, “I tried looking him up many times in the books we have on dragons, but I could never find him. I knew he had to be something special.”

Watching her, he began to feel the kinship that Leschemal had with her. While he carried so much anger over the continuous war with the Plenelians, he adored Marthryn very much. She was the one thing that could soothe him.

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Palladium – Chapter 30

I sometimes wonder if I was meant to write in order to discover the universe. I really feel it strange that so many things I “knew” as a child and teen are now being backed with quantum science.

Not long ago, I had an idea for my Onesong which I liked but almost discarded as, “Nah, that’ll be too far of a stretch for my readers to believe.” However, the idea refused to leave.

Earlier this week, I watched a documentary (Black Wholes) where the scientist involved in presenting his theory actually said what I had been thinking, yet he didn’t expand on it any further. I wonder if he didn’t for the same reason I didn’t.

Yet now as I write and reflect on what his theory, I realize that he didn’t “go down the rabbit hole” with his thoughts either. When he said it, I jumped out of my chair and started screaming, “Yes, the Onesong! Dimensions!” (That’s why I watch my documentaries when I’m alone.) But he didn’t go there to the same thoughts.

Of course, he didn’t because he can’t prove it scientifically. But I can use it in fiction.

In trusting the process, I know that this build is why I haven’t been able to finish up Tangled Magic, Walk the Path, and Dragons of Wellsdeep. I needed this little extra information gained. Trusting the process includes all the extra information that comes in via synchronicity. I was asking for the pieces that would make it all come together and it is.

Now, if only I could answer the one question I really want to know the answer to. That seems to be the one question that drives me to keep seeking and always takes me down the rabbit holes of possibilities and allows me to realize what I “know.”

Alas, I don’t know if I will ever discover that answer. But, if anything will lead the way for me, it is the Onesong.

Let’s get to the story.

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. After a search, he finds the woman who stole the lamp. Treshauna is a Black Night ninja who needs his help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once back, the saperes realize how wounded he is. His world blurs as he’s taken back to be healed. Waking up, Cirvel realizes three things: Treshauna has stayed with him, he’s lost the book about Alexander on a doomed world, and he is still not fully healed. He returns to his lamp where he knows he can take care of himself. After taking to the sands to heal, Cirvel returns with the strange feeling that he has fallen in love with Treshauna and she with him. He knows they must put their feelings aside, hard as it may be, to deal with the Shniktaur. Treshauna begins to ask him questions and he reveals how he had been an experiment which turned him into a unique novihomidrak (a champion born from a dragon). They then begin to make plans to find which dimension Drelin is in and to rescue him. For that, Cirvel needs supplies. Then go to the workshop of a gnome named T’kiel, who grudgingly allows the genie inside and gives them a clean space to work. T’kiel sets Cirvel and Treshauna up with everything they need to complete the spell to find Drelin, but outside forces work against Cirvel. T’kiel takes over helping the novihomidrak when Cirvel proves to be too distracted. Once Cirvel gets his focus back, he completes the spell and discovers Drelin’s location. T’kiel is interested in how Cirvel got tangled up with the ninjas and gives Cirvel a charm made of unicorn horn for protection. Cirvel and Treshauna leave T’kiel’s place and head out to find Drelin. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, but are being tracked with attack imminent. Cirvel has Treshauna take Drelin to the shadows while he hunts. The Shniktaur follows Treshauna from the shadows, attacking them. Once again, Treshauna retreats to the shadows, taking Cirvel with her. He feels movement, and strangely even senses the Humline strongly here even as he is surrounded by chaos. Treshauna brings them out of the shadows. They stand before huge gates closing off the city before them and try to gain entrance. The guard demands to be shown that they have magic among them, a strange request, but Cirvel obliges with a simple fire incantation. They are allowed to enter the city, but not very welcomed. They only get the briefest of replies in response to their questions about a healer for Drelin. Cirvel and Treshauna begin to walk the streets of this town they have happened upon. In looking for the healer, Madam Orcee, they discover that they are being followed. A brief encounter with their pursuers threatens to detain them from getting Drelin healed, so Cirvel uses magic to get away, only to be countered at ever spell, almost in a taunting way. At last, Madam Orcee’s shop is ahead of them. Once inside the tea shop, they convince Madam Orcee to help heal Drelin. The guards following them enter the tea shop and capture Cirvel and Treshauna, using some sort of magic which leaves them powerless and transports them to a cell. In the transition, a feeling comes over Cirvel that there is more going on here and that the Shniktaur has no intention of destroying this planet, not yet at least. They are released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Treshauna is left behind while the queen goes on with Cirvel. Queen Marthyrn leads Cirvel through the maze of her castle and shows him the amazing library called the Athenium which lies at the center. Cirvel learns she has read the entire library by magic. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest and its library, then she leads the way to show him. Marthyrn takes him to the center of the Athenium where there is an enclosed glass room. He hears a weak mewling. She keeps him from rushing ahead. Then he sees it: a small, ill dragon upon a pillow.  Cirvel touches the dragon with trepidation, afraid his own power might overwhelm it.The dragon, Leschemal, is terribly sick and weak, but there is no apparent cause. Cirvel learns that this planet measures their time in seasonal cycles rather than by the stars; they have no astronomers here. It is in the last 100 years that Leschemal has gotten sick, so Cirvel questions Marthryn about what happened back then.


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Palladium

Chapter 30

by Dawn Blair

Marthryn shook her head. “The maeges were attacked. Creatures sprang out of the ground and hunted down anyone with magic. All of the maeges nearly died. The Plenelians refused to help, said that it was retribution for the cycles of war we had brought upon them.”

Cirvel petted down the dragon’s head and scaly neck, using the opportunity to reach out to the Humline to see if he could discern some connection between these beasts from the earth and the dragon.

What came back was anger about the battles between magical and non-magical.

“I take it that these Plenelians have no magic and that you hate them for that fact alone even though there is no other difference between you and them.” He fixed her with a stare.

“They are inferior to us.”

“Why? Because they don’t have magic? Is there no other difference? Maybe it would be better if they had three eyes. Three eyes and no magic; would you hate them then? Surely your beasts of burden have no magic. Do you hate them as well? Do you bring war down on them too? Or is enslaving them all you want to do?”

“Enough!” Marthryn shouted.

Cirvel set the imagination dragon’s head back down on the pillow and rose to his feet while his breath came quickly in and out of his lungs. “I’m sorry, forgive me. Leschemal has lots of anger and no good way to channel it with as weak as he is.”

The dragon let out a sorrowful moan.

“Explain it,” Cirvel continued. “Leschemal still deserves a reason why you fight these Plenelians.”

“I can’t. They are magicless. ‘Tis where we send all the unfavored twins when they are born. For centuries, as it did not start with me, we have sent those without magic away from those with magic. You are either born with maege powers, or you are not. There have been struggles, battles even, mostly when one of the Plenelians tries to infiltrate the castle, but we do not deserve to have the beasts attack us for what little we have done.”

“You need to end the battle with the Plenelians. Do it this very day. It ends here.”

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Young Adult Time Travel

I learned about this last Friday night. As of this writing, I see that the deal is still going on, so I’ve decided to share and hope that it continues for a little longer.

The Crystal Doors series (3 books included in the box set) by Rebecca Moesta is on sale for $0.99 USD. These books are normally $4.99 each. I don’t know when it will end, so grab it fast.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca at a masterclass we were both attending a couple years ago. She is sweet lady. Considering that her husband is Kevin J. Anderson, I have no doubt that she is a great writer too.

Yes, I bought the set and I’m looking forward to reading it. You can see it in my Current Reads bar (which I had to completely wipe clean because because I either finished the book or I have given up on it. So, everything there now is back to being current.

Read on!

Purple trees

After my post earlier this week about the seasons changing way too soon, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit by bringing in some spring. The seasons do not rule my painting!

I’ve had many people admire my purple trees. I don’t know why I like to paint them; they are just fun. So, here’s another purple tree that is available. I imagine myself lying on the ground looking up through the branches of this tree and watching the clouds float by.

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Palladium – Chapter 29

The next few weeks are going to have some short chapters. We’re getting down to a section that I haven’t written yet. I know what happens a little further on in the story, but I’m missing the bridging transition. I’d like to have that done before I let you wander down the path into the deeper recesses of this story. This is, as I’ve mentioned before, one of the dangers of running stories that I am currently writing. While it’s exciting to have readers with me on the journey, it’s also precarious. I hope you love the thrills! Of course, that’s why we’re on this adventure together, isn’t it? (grin)

This will also allow for some of you who have gotten behind (AHEM! You know who you are!) to get caught up. (laughing)

Ok, to the story!

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. After a search, he finds the woman who stole the lamp. Treshauna is a Black Night ninja who needs his help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once back, the saperes realize how wounded he is. His world blurs as he’s taken back to be healed. Waking up, Cirvel realizes three things: Treshauna has stayed with him, he’s lost the book about Alexander on a doomed world, and he is still not fully healed. He returns to his lamp where he knows he can take care of himself. After taking to the sands to heal, Cirvel returns with the strange feeling that he has fallen in love with Treshauna and she with him. He knows they must put their feelings aside, hard as it may be, to deal with the Shniktaur. Treshauna begins to ask him questions and he reveals how he had been an experiment which turned him into a unique novihomidrak (a champion born from a dragon). They then begin to make plans to find which dimension Drelin is in and to rescue him. For that, Cirvel needs supplies. Then go to the workshop of a gnome named T’kiel, who grudgingly allows the genie inside and gives them a clean space to work. T’kiel sets Cirvel and Treshauna up with everything they need to complete the spell to find Drelin, but outside forces work against Cirvel. T’kiel takes over helping the novihomidrak when Cirvel proves to be too distracted. Once Cirvel gets his focus back, he completes the spell and discovers Drelin’s location. T’kiel is interested in how Cirvel got tangled up with the ninjas and gives Cirvel a charm made of unicorn horn for protection. Cirvel and Treshauna leave T’kiel’s place and head out to find Drelin. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, but are being tracked with attack imminent. Cirvel has Treshauna take Drelin to the shadows while he hunts. The Shniktaur follows Treshauna from the shadows, attacking them. Once again, Treshauna retreats to the shadows, taking Cirvel with her. He feels movement, and strangely even senses the Humline strongly here even as he is surrounded by chaos. Treshauna brings them out of the shadows. They stand before huge gates closing off the city before them and try to gain entrance. The guard demands to be shown that they have magic among them, a strange request, but Cirvel obliges with a simple fire incantation. They are allowed to enter the city, but not very welcomed. They only get the briefest of replies in response to their questions about a healer for Drelin. Cirvel and Treshauna begin to walk the streets of this town they have happened upon. In looking for the healer, Madam Orcee, they discover that they are being followed. A brief encounter with their pursuers threatens to detain them from getting Drelin healed, so Cirvel uses magic to get away, only to be countered at ever spell, almost in a taunting way. At last, Madam Orcee’s shop is ahead of them. Once inside the tea shop, they convince Madam Orcee to help heal Drelin. The guards following them enter the tea shop and capture Cirvel and Treshauna, using some sort of magic which leaves them powerless and transports them to a cell. In the transition, a feeling comes over Cirvel that there is more going on here and that the Shniktaur has no intention of destroying this planet, not yet at least. They are released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Treshauna is left behind while the queen goes on with Cirvel. Queen Marthyrn leads Cirvel through the maze of her castle and shows him the amazing library called the Athenium which lies at the center. Cirvel learns she has read the entire library by magic. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest and its library, then she leads the way to show him. Marthyrn takes him to the center of the Athenium where there is an enclosed glass room. He hears a weak mewling. She keeps him from rushing ahead. Then he sees it: a small, ill dragon upon a pillow. 


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Palladium

Chapter 29

by Dawn Blair

“Friend,” Marthryn shouted, rushing toward the pillow which was way too large for the small thing.

The dragon started panting and dropped its head back down as if the one warning had expended all of its energy.

Cirvel finally managed to lower his foot to the floor. He moved forward only far enough to bring his other foot in line with the other, then he knelt down on one knee and lowered his head to his chest. “Rocktae shaul, mydraco Leschemal.”

Leschemal issued another feeble sound.

Marthryn dropped down onto the pillow beside Leschemal and began to stroke his scales which barely had any sparkle left to it. “’Tis worse today. I am so sorry.”

Cirvel paced forward, still in disbelief over what he was seeing and not sure that he’d seen the shimmer of the scales or if that had been wishful thinking. He wanted to walk away, leave it behind him, and he wanted to kneel down and scoop it into his arms all at the same time. The chaos of life and death played too much on the little creature, making it immediately both pitiful and loathsome. Cirvel wanted to heal the weak creature whilst his fingers tightened with the need to kill the tainted beast, even as the dragon opened blue eyes and looked up at him.

“Can you help him?” Marthryn asked. “Do you know what’s wrong with him?”

Her words roused him from the duality of his thoughts and compassion won with his reconnection with the Onesong. Kneeling down, Cirvel started to reach out toward the dragon, but stopped. How could he touch such a rare find, this little sickly creature? Might his own power overwhelm it?

But the imagination dragon lifted its head, reaching toward Cirvel’s hands as if craving the novihomidrak’s touch equally as much. Leschemal rested down into Cirvel’s palm. The bones of its skull felt so fragile, as if they could be crushed if Cirvel closed his fingers around it.

“Can you?” Marthryn repeated.

“What happened to him?” Cirvel looked the dragon over, noting how it looked as if someone had tried to dehydrate it. No dragon this sickly should have ever survived. And certainly never an imagination dragon. There had to be some deeper reason behind this disorder.

“He’s been ill for a long time, over a hundred cycles I’m told,” Marthryn continued.

“Cycles?”

“Seasonal cycles,” she quickly explained. “For some reason, every other recurrent pattern is longer than the previous. ‘Tis long been a mystery.”

“What do your astronomers think of this?”

“Astronomers?”

“Stargazers?” As she shook her head at not understanding his meaning, he asked, “Do you have no one who watches the drifting of your stars and the planets?”

“Why would we do that?”

“To determine the traveling of your world through space.” At her continued blank stare, he knew that this world had no idea of astronomy. “Never mind. So what happened a hundred cycles ago?”

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Spooky, Scary Pumpkins

Send shivers down your spine. Come on up to the house to see what treats we have.

Or maybe we only have tricks.

I painted this ACEO back in 2016, but I never got around to listing it. It would pop its head up at me every now and again — it seemed to float around my office waiting for me to finish and catalog it. I finally got it done this summer. Now, I’m so excited to finally get around to listing it on ebay.

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If you’re willing to venture up to the house to see if it’s tricks or treats, check out my auction going on now on ebay.

In the meanwhile, I hope to get more Halloween ACEO’s prepared this year. We’ll see how that goes, since the last one took me 3 years to complete. (grin)

The Stardust story bundle

The Stardust story bundle is the newest addition in my Zibbet shop.

The Stardust story bundle

All of them are essentially stand-alone stories. They don’t have to be read together or in any order, but for those that want to journey with this special orb through the galaxy, this is the trio. It also introduces Moonhunter and Balthier in Mystery of the Stardust Monk.

The “reading order” to follow the orb is:

  • Alexander’s Den
  • Mystery of the Stardust Monk
  • Stardust

This is a good place to start if you want to jump into my books but haven’t known where. This is an introduction to the Wells of the Onesong and the novihomidraks (new humans born of the dragons).

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