The Deadly Gates have been opened. An exiled prince plots the return of trolls into FourPosts.
Jacob “Feather” Moore is given an ancient book to read. It shows him where he can find Mandrake’s Key, an artifact with the power to lock the Deadly Gates.
Forced into a race for his life and the future of FourPosts, Feather is pursued through caverns, deserts and foreign cities. Lost, hungry and alone, the boy struggles to reach the Great Hollow and the portal it holds. His only hope lies in the visions given by the book called Finder’s Tome.
In this scene, Feather, having just finished fighting a band of hobgoblins, meets the half-elf Chelsey for the first time.
“Um Geoffrey, we might have a problem.”
“What is it?” He turned and saw the giant beast closing on them. “It’s a Wildebear. They are said to embody the spirits of the forest. Where did it come from?” He raised the glass rod and pointed it at the magical creature.
An arrow stuck in the ground at the wizard’s feet. “Don’t you dare!” A female voice came from the trees above them.
Feather squinted, looking for the shadow he had seen earlier.
The ground thumped to Feather’s right. He flinched.
A woman stood next to him. She wore a long, brown and gray fur cloak. She had a thin frame and was as tall as Feather. Her auburn hair was pinned back from her temples, revealing long pointed ears. Almond-shaped eyes, the color of emeralds, held Feather’s stare. In her hands, she held a delicate silver bow aimed at Geoffrey’s chest.
“Who are you and why are you in my forest?” The elfish girl asked, her eyes narrowing.
Geoffrey’s lips turned into a gentle smile. “Looking for you I believe, Chesley Fa’Quin.”
Chelsey’s brow furrowed as she strapped the bow to her back. “How do you know my name?”
“You’re beautiful.” Feather clamped a hand over his mouth and looked down. His heartbeat pounded in his temples while his face heated. “I’m sorry, I just expected someone living in the woods to be more… rough-looking.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
TJ Marshall spent the majority of his adult life in the US Army, and during this time, had traveled to more than two dozen countries as well as visiting nearly every state. A veteran of both Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror, TJ finally decided to retire and start a new life in Texas with his two daughters. A newcomer to writing, Finder’s Tome is TJ’s first novel, but in the short time he’s been writing, he has produced countless short stories, one of which was the winner of an internet writing contest hosted by First Page Last Page. TJ is currently working on a second novel titled The Struggles due to be released in summer 2014.
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