Heir to Power – Chapter 10

The Nor monument was a spire of dark gray stone with arms of layered rock creating a circle around a squat stone altar. On the face of the spire was a brass plague welcoming the Survinees to this mountain. From here, the Survinees could see heavily forested land to the horizon in all directions. Across…

Heir to Power – Chapter 9

The four most powerful persons in the small village of Survin sat in the great room of the Chancery. The fire burned brightly in the hearth, sending tiny sparks flying into the room. A pot of terrid sat steaming on the rock trivet in the center of the long dining table. Kairma sat with her…

Heir to Power – Chapter 8

Once Tamron had joined Isontra, the crowd of observers followed Tamron’s cue and began to melt away, leaving a bewildered Trep standing with Collin, Zedic, and his three sentries. Trep sat down on a large log and mumbled, “That went about as smooth as a square wheel.” Hamond, Loren, and Joel turned to watch the…

Heir to Power – Chapter 7

The canyon was alive with activity the following morning as people prepared for the first celebration of spring. Jettena and Kairma met with a small group of men who had just returned from the hunt. Once Kairma described the location of the wolf sighting, the men hurried away, hoping to return in time for the…

Heir to Power – Chapter 6

Naturi watched them walk away, thinking he’d love to give Collin a lesson in manners. He hated when Collin called Kairma Boo. It was undignified, and far too intimate. Collin was seventeen now, old enough to take a mate, and Naturi thought he should be more respectful. He bristled at the thought of Collin taking…

Heir to Power – Chapter 5

Kairma was feeling a little uneasy about probing around the Godstones as she climbed up the stairs on the left side of the fourth head and walked through the narrow crevice that led to the opening of the newly discovered shrine. Seeing Collin and Zedic just finishing their lunch, she smiled brightly.

Heir to Power – Chapter 4

A moment later Jettena called them for lunch. Kairma was famished and Isontra agreed to continue the lesson later. Laying down the ancient records, the two women joined Jettena at the long dining table. Her little brothers were at the table already playing with their food, but Zedic was nowhere to be seen. Kairma was…

Heir to Power – Chapter 3

Zedic was an early riser by nature and tried hard to please his mother. Not only did he do his own chores, he often helped dress and feed his three younger brothers as well. The four-annum old triplets could be a handful at times, and Jettena liked to keep their home clean. Zedic didn’t understand…

Heir to Power – Chapter 2

Kinter stood up, placing her clenched fists on her hips. “It’s about time you came back! I was beginning to think the Whitish really had eaten you. I was just about to leave you for dead.” Her anger didn’t fool the others; she looked frightened.

Heir to Power – Chapter 1

It was seventeen days past the spring equinox and the late morning sun felt warm on Kairma’s back as she was loading baskets of food onto a battered pine cart. She was looking forward to making the long trip to the Godstones. Of her many responsibilities, taking the religious offerings to the altar was the…

Heir to Power – Prologue

The sound of snowmelt dripping off the clay tiles of the roof and splashing into muddy puddles woke Isontra well before dawn that early spring morning. She was drenched with sweat from a torrent of nightmares that had distressed her for the fifth night in a row. Surrealistic images, never clear enough to understand, haunted…