The Agartes Epilogues Book 1
by K.S. Villoso
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Now begins a tale with roots reaching beyond the end of another. Here, a father swears vengeance for his slain children; there, a peasant girl struggles to feed her family. A wayward prince finds his way home and a continent is about to be torn asunder. And Kefier is only beginning to understand how it all began the moment he stood on that cliff and watched his brother fall...
But Jarche is quick, quicker than most women her age—though it is true, also, that most women her age would have long rotted away. Then she is on the ground, and then she is drawing on the agan to propel herself through the air. The creature smashes into rock and trees along the way but she remains one step ahead of it, always one step until at last, she reaches the tower.
It takes flight, barreling towards her. She feels it smash against the tower wall. She ignores it now, making her way up the steps while she continues to focus on the spells that prevent the creature from overwhelming her thoughts.
About halfway up the tower, she sees a length of chain coiled around a post and attached to a hook. She takes it, marvelling at the rush she feels as soon as she touches the cold metal. A soft, blue glow emanates from her hands. She runs across the bridge, just in time to see the creature swoop below her. She fiddles with the hook and then throws it. It hits the creature as it passes by, digging right between its shoulder blades.
Both excitement and fear builds up inside Jarche’s throat. Is she hesitating? The creature roars as it flails at the end of the chain. The tower shakes as it pulls; it will not be long before it will shake itself free.
She swallows, makes a decision. There is a chance she is wrong, but…
She jumps, grabbing the taut chain on the way down. Slime and grease coats her fingers and arms. She reaches the creature and is able to comprehend only enough to grab the chain and hold tight. For a moment, she has the sudden flash of memory of a man taking her hand and kissing it before he draws back to invite her to dance. Music, an orchestra, plays in the background.
Her mind turns blank.
The Agartes Epilogues Book 2
On the other end of the continent, Sume, daughter to a Jin-Sayeng hero, must return to her roots to save her country and bring honour to her father’s name. To do this, she must befriend a prince and understand the terrible, corrupting nature of power and the reason her father was driven to walk away from it all those years ago…
Meanwhile, Kefier, Enosh’s agan-blind brother, is forced back into a life of violence. As he struggles with the notion that hands, once bloodied, never stay clean for long, he finds himself occupied with an unexpected burden: his own brother’s daughter.
The Agartes Epilogues Book 3