The young prince stepped out quickly and was delighted when the dark girl ran into his arms. He held her close for a moment until Lilith saw the two women step into the clearing, both with grins on their faces. She stepped back quickly and, her head down, folded her hands together.
“He never hugged me like that!” said Melisande with a stifled smile. As the little daku looked up at her in shock, she added, “All I ever get is a pat on the head!” Then, she laughed.
“Melisande, behave!” said Rene’ sternly, yet with a broad grin. She moved up to the small dark mage girl and held a hand to her. “I am Iaprene’ Anolin, Mage and Priestess to Lord Infinitus of the Triad Lords of Light.” As Lilith tentatively took the hand, Rene’ added, “And you must be the brave girl Raven has told us so much about.”
“Actually,” said Melisande with a grin as she moved to the little daku’s side and laid a strong hand to her little shoulder, “he tends to go on and on! I am Melisande, priestess to U’Marz, Second of the Triad. Is it true? Are you the daughter of Lord Galdreal?”
“Yes, m’lady.” Lilith said as she pushed the hood of her cloak of darkness back and allowed the sun to bath her dark features.
Master Lord Banshe’e’s minions have already seized the realm of Dragon’s Teeth and the Kingdom of Shedran, all but strangled the routes that bring supplies to the people of Heartstone, and placed operatives in Catlorian to ensure it is not left untouched. It seems Banshe’e has underestimated the tenacity of those who have placed themselves between his evil mission and those he still wishes to conquer—or has he?
Prince Raven Moshar must now determine how to free the people of Dragon’s Teeth from the dark power that holds them enthralled. As he and a band of valiant men and women join forces to oust Banshe’e’s lieutenant from Dragon’s Teeth, remove the forced embargo from Heartstone, and ensure the innocent are protected, Prince Thom DeLonge and his sister return to Ta’el after twenty years to find that only a few weeks have passed and that they are not in Catlor but Sharlend, a faraway continent where another young prince is trying to decide whether to free the starving people of his father’s realm or remain in seclusion.
In this continuing fantasy tale, three crown princes seeking to stop an evil lord from carrying out his vengeful mission must risk everything to secure freedom for the people of Ta’el.
About the Author
R.L. POOL served in the US Army and traveled to several continents as a function of that service. A_ er his retirement in 1988, he began work as a metrology technician for a branch of the National Institute of Standards Technology. Pool is a father and grandfather and currently lives in Leakey, Texas. This is the third book in the Catlorian series.