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The honored dwarven thänæ, Fiáh’our, is convinced that he is honorbound to take young Karras as an “apprentice” and force the wayward young clan-kin to learn the ways of their people’s warriors. Poor Fiáh’our has no idea what he is in for.

Karras only intention is no more than necessary to fulfill this unwilling apprenticeship arranged by his father. Worse, in being from a family of seatraders, a way of life baffling to most “Earth-Born” or dwarves—Karras is pitifully unsuited to be a warrior. His training rapidly turns futile, but Fiáh’our is determined. Karras also suffers from unrequited love, which interferes with his concentration. Repeatedly asking Skirra, of the fallen family of Yêarclág, to marry him, she has refused him perhaps for the last time.

Fiáh’our has an inkling about why Skirra rejected Karras, but the thänæ believes he can make his new apprentice worthy of her. For that, he has a notion that might even give Karras a little hope. That is, if Karras can survive his first battle.

Out on the northern frontier, where Fiáh’our goes each summer for good service, a threat to the villages there has returned with greater force. The longer Fiáh'our delays in failed training with Karras, the greater his guilt for not defending those in need. Between these two duties, the risk for Fiáh’our—and Karras—may reach a breaking point that could cost one or both of their lives. [Sequel to Bones of the Earth, I: Karras the Kitten; Novella, 40k+ words]

About "Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga"...

No knowledge of the Noble Dead Saga or related works is necessary to read and enjoy these stories. They are written for fantasy enthusiasts in general and not just our established readership. Readers new to this world can step into it through any of these short works.

Tales are organized into “collections” where all stories therein share a theme and/or premise. When one or more link together, subsequent stories will mention “sequel to…” on their covers to guide you. Even so, each is self-contained enough to be your first adventure into this world.

—Barb & J.C. Hendee

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