Fire of the Forbears
by L.A. Buck
Pitted against one another, with the people and country they love in jeopardy, the daughter of a deserter and the son of the king have a chance to fulfill their forebears’ legacy—or destroy it entirely.
Twisted monsters called saja lurk in the shadows of the mountains. Rumors say the Fidelis, human wielders of an ancient elemental magic, again walk the plains. Not all in Avaron believe, and not all welcome the return of legend.
Kura’s a skeptic. But, she’ll cross and befriend centaurs, talking animals, and worse to save her family after the rebellion mistakes her for the land’s prophesied savior. And, while he’d rather negotiate with rebels than fight them, Triston can’t ignore prophecy. That was the sham his father used to steal the crown in the first place.
Over a century ago, their ancestors sailed the oceans in search of peace and died as heroes fighting for it. But heroes—and villains—aren’t always what they seem to be.
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‘I will not lie. I have shed Fidelis blood for the merit of its nature, and I have fought in the Reconquest as is my place as firstborn among my father’s sons. But there came a day when I limped back to my mother’s house, coverind in both my own blood and that of your kind, and it struck me that I could not determine the difference. I have have paid dearly for that realization, but so do all who seek the truth in this world of darkness, and I accept that for what it is.'”