(The Spinner Sagas)
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Blaine was a normal teenage girl. Sure, she moved around a lot, but that wasn’t completely weird, right? Then her mom tells her she’s actually from another dimension called Renault, whose inhabitants can do magic. Um, what? Suddenly, Blaine is running from an evil she barely understands. Blaine is thrust into the confusing, beautiful, and magical world of Renault with a mysterious boy she just met. There, she begins to discover her own unique abilities and her place in the universe.
The look of amazement of those seated seemed to pale compared to Blaine’s overwhelming sense of astonishment as she passed row after row of what, up until that moment, she regarded as mythical beings. She met admiring gazes with the likes of griffins, elves, fauns, and at the back and sides of the Great Hall were lined with centaurs.
Slowing her pace, Blaine looked ahead to observe how the cobblestone aisle managed to seamlessly intersect the carved steps leading to the stage where Lyra now stood. Kern had turned to the right at the foot of the stairs and joined a small group of creatures gathered there. Blaine and Elian stopped at the foot of the stairs not sure how to proceed. Their question was answered as Lyra motioned to them to join her on the stage. They ascended the stairs and took their place next to the Queen.
“My fellow Atlatisians, I wish to thank you for coming here to welcome our honored guests. It has been all too long since mankind has walked among us. That changes today.” Lyra’s voice filled the hall. Then indicating the group Kern had joined at the right of the stage, she continued. “The United Council has brought them here to help defeat the Sanction that grows stronger with each passing day and poses a threat to all.” A round of applause filled the Great Hall. Lyra held up her hand and all fell silent again. “This is Elian, Son of Righteousness, and this is the prophesied daughter, Lady Blaine, The Bringer of Light.” Applause once again filled the hall. Lyra held her hand up to once more silence the crowd.
Before Lyra could speak again a voice from the back of the hall shouted, “How could you have compromised our very existence by allowing the bloodline of man to step into our world?”
All heads turned in the direction of the voice. Lyra searched the back of the hall to see who had so blatantly broken protocol. “Come forward!” She demanded.
A short stocky figure emerged from the shadows. Stepping into the aisle, he took a few steps toward the front of the hall, and then stopped. In the light that was being emitted from the globes at the end of each pew the figure came into view. His russet beard was long and matted. A tattered hat was pulled over his eyes casting a shadow upon his face as he spoke. “You are allowing an evil to threaten the harmony, which is the very heart of this land.”
It took Queen Lyra only a moment to recognize the figure who had taken such liberties. Speaking with impatience in her voice, she addressed the figure. “Rumpkin, you have made us all very aware of your concerns with our decision to allow man into our realm. As I have stated before, your fears are archaic and your beliefs are tainted with hatred for a whole race that is being unfairly judged for the actions of a few.”
This response prompted an outburst. The dwarf stamped his foot as he stammered angrily, “Ha! Judgment of a few? You most of all should support this so-called judgment. How can you ignore the spilling of your own blood line?”
An elf in the front row leaped from his seat and confronted Rumpkin. “That is quite enough. How dare you reference a matter that brings such deep personal pain? We have tolerated your outlandish conspiracy theories and prejudices. You and your people are privileged to have so graciously been allowed sanctuary in our land. We, however, will not stand for your disrespect to our Queen.”
Unaffected by these words, Rumpkin continued his rant. “So, we hear from the mighty Armel. You claim this to be a peaceful land as you train your army of elves for battle, all the while denying any threat. You can’t tell me revenge for your sister’s death has never crossed your mind. Now you and your own mother have welcomed the very same bloodline of man into our land. Worse yet you have endangered all of us. You know the evil intent and power of the man that stole your sister’s life. Even now he searches frantically for the two that you and the Council have brought here.”
Blaine and Elian stood and watched as two other elves joined Armel. They lifted the small dwarf by his arms and carried him toward the exit of the Great Hall. This did not discourage him from continuing his protest. “Tevis will find a way here and he will destroy us all. You will rue the day you allowed these two into our lands, Queen Lyra.” His voice became inaudible as he was expelled from the Hall.
K.J Moullen started her life as an adventurer. She always loved the outdoors, whether it was playing king of the hill with her pet goat in southern California, playing hockey on the frozen lakes of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska, or snorkeling and surfing off the shores of Maui. Amongst the breathtaking places she lived, her imagination and love for writing knew no limitations, allowing for a lifetime of plotlines and characters to be created and written about. She now shares her life’s adventures with her husband and two children in their home in North Texas.