City of Bridges
Excerpt from the latest chapter, The Color of Light
“Your pardon? This is the Drennan Bridge?”
The richly accented voice splintered Calette’s concentration. She dragged her gaze away from the water to squint at the young man crouched beside her. Sparkling.
“What?” The sparkles were disconcerting. Feeling strange and disconnected, she wondered briefly if he were real, or some dream sent to her by Thest.
“I said, ‘can you help me’.” The apparition smiled at her. Judging by the bemused expression on his face, he had been there for some time, trying to get her attention. “What do you see in the river that is so fascinating?”
She pressed her fingertips against her eyelids, awareness gradually trickling back through her senses. “Nothing. Everything.” The sensation of being permeated with light dissipated. When she looked at him again, the spots of light in her vision were mostly gone. The only sparkles left were those from the gems in his ears, winking at her through the blond curls. “I know who you are,” she realized suddenly.
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Heroic Maidens, Dashing Swordsmen, Magic, Mystery in the City of Bridges
Neda Fleuracy just wants to learn sword fighting, but the outdated laws and customs in Corregal make that impossible. Good thing she’s not the kind of girl who takes “no” for an answer.
Tierce Meraval, raised on tales of chivalry from a bygone age, came to Corregal to study the sword, and immediately fell in love with the one girl forbidden to him.
Barris Aderen is haunted by his father’s crimes. Once the scion of a powerful family, he’s now outcast by society, and doing his best to find his own pathway to honor.
Romeric Esard is new to the city, and already notorious for his skill with the blade–but in his past is a secret he’d do anything to forget.
Corregal is a city of bridges. One hundred and twenty-seven of them, on most days, spanning the width of the Cille river for nearly three miles. The city, which climbs the sharp banks of the river in a series of winding stairways and terraces, has turned bridge-building into a civic preoccupation. Houses, guilds and government bureaucracies compete for the talents of artisans and architects, pouring funds into efforts to outdo one another in the informal contest for status and prestige.
In Fleuracy House, three young men and one rebellious young woman come together to study sword fighting while navigating the complex road to adulthood. Along the way they’ll experience rivalries and romance, discover the magic, mysteries and dangers of their world, and learn the true value of friendship.