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Prelude Cycle: A Children of the Nexus novella
This novella is arranged as a series of seasons with one short story vignette from each of the four main point of views. These stories are set approximately three years before Between Starfalls begins.
Taunos attempts to get into the library of Far Dahutad.
Takiyah balances her love of learning with the judgements of her community.
Kaemada struggles mind to mind.
Ra’ael faces challenges on her path to becoming a priestess.
If you’re looking to dip your toe in the Children of the Nexus universe and get to know the characters briefly, this is the book for you!
Content warnings can be found at the bottom of Prelude Cycle’s page.
Palon: A Windward novella
This novella is an introduction to the world of Windward and the associated Children of the Nexus series. It’s set about ten years before Windward.
It’s not easy growing up part of a famous family. Twelve-year old Palon’s magic isn’t strong compared to the rest of her family’s, she has no special talents, and she’s constantly falling short of the mark. Desperate to stand out, she leaves home and bonds a dragon, Windward.
But life among dragons and other dragonbonded is not easy. Palon’s refusal to admit to mistakes makes it hard for her to fit in. She’s so worried about proving herself, she pushes people away. When Palon sees an intruder in the nest, no one believes her. Despite her insistence, they explain away her concerns, and soon
everyone’s too distracted with a spreading illness to listen. Frustrated, Palon defies her mentor’s instructions and convinces Windward to help her investigate.
In order to heal the nest, Palon will have to trust that her newfound family will accept her despite her imperfections. And it begins with immersing herself in the wisdom of the dragon she bonded.
If you’re looking to sample the world and characters of Windward and the Children of the Nexus, this is the book for you!
Content warnings can be found at the bottom of Palon, a Windward novella’s page.
When dragons fight, mountains weep.
Dragonbonded Palon and her partner, the dragon Windward, are renowned for their flying skill among the dragons and dragonbondeds who make up their family. Palon’s days are filled with everything she loves, especially riding the wind. Even being tasked with teaching their way of life to Tebah, a newly bonded teenager, can’t bring her down too much.
But when treasures from the dragons’ hordes are found in Palon’s collection, her idyllic life comes crashing down. Framed, she battles to find the truth, to prove her innocence, while her every move is cast as further evidence against her. As if that wasn’t enough, her teenage charge’s increasingly dangerous behavior puts them both at risk. Tebah’s suspicion, homesickness, and defiance would be frustrating enough even if Palon wasn’t in the spotlight, with a rival smearing her name at every turn. Dragon tempers shorten, and challenges and disputes shake the ground.
Windward and Palon must find a way to clear her name while also keeping a teenager who hates her and everything about dragon life safe, before their community turns completely against them or vigilante justice succeeds.
Content warnings can be found at the bottom of Windward’s main page.
Children of the Nexus
Book One: Between Starfalls
When a little boy gets lost in the forbidden mountains, his desperate mother, her brother, and her two best friends break the law every Rinaryn is taught from the time they can walk: never, for any reason, leave the path.
The traditions of the Elders have peacefully ruled the agrarian Rinaryns for centuries, but when her son Eian goes missing, normally mild-mannered Kaemada defies the sacred law to search for him in the forbidden mountains. Despite knowing there is little hope for redemption upon their return, her brother and two best friends join the search, believing their sacrifice will be worth it to save the boy.
But when the search party is captured by the legendary Kamalti who dwell under the mountains, they discover that the Kamalti have been sending lost travelers to an ancient prison city. Due to a generations-old translation error, Eian has been left to fend for himself in a city full of the worst criminals. In the face of Kamalti prejudices, the Rinaryns must reach an understanding with their captors to find Eian and make their escape. If they can’t get the Kamalti to see them as peers, countless more lives will be needlessly destroyed.
Four Rinaryns will determine how the future unfolds for both races: the hero running from glory, the peacemaker trained for battle, the priestess berserker, and the tall dwarf with the smart mouth.
Content warnings can be found at the bottom of Between Starfalls’s main page.
Book Two: Let Loose the Fallen
The priestess searches for her faith.
The fire-wielder wrestles with her past.
The psion dreams of peace.
And the hero is torn between his heart and his duty.
While grief scatters the four protectors to the winds, outside forces write history according to their own whims. The fate of the Rinaryns lies twined with that of the boy, Eian, caught in a tug of war the heroes are unaware of.
But the evidence lies waiting for Taunos and the others to see, if only they can move past their betrayal.
Content warnings can be found at the bottom of Let Loose the Fallen’s main page.
Amanah knows all-too-well the dangers of catching the attention of the upper class of Arruk. Using her position as a guard to steal secrets of healing and help other lower class people means she works hard to remain unnoticed.
Fellow guard Taunos is boisterous, laughing, larger than life–and always around. He attracts attention as easily as breathing, which makes being associated with him dangerous. Better to stay far away, regardless of her attraction to him and his easy calm.
But when Amanah inadvertently insults a magistrate, she must flee the city to avoid his vengeance. She takes a last-minute job escorting a pair of noblemen to another town–a job Taunos is also hired for.
Along the way, she’s forced to reveal her stolen healing skills to keep the small group alive, and finds more support from Taunos than she ever would have dreamed. His confident charm becomes hard to ignore as he sees her as no one else has, even when she’s doing her best to be invisible. But opening herself to romance might be as dangerous as the wildlife and bandits they face in the wilderness, and pursuing her dreams of becoming a healer could attract the ire of those in power.
This book has:
- so much banter
- strong sibling relationship
- strong friendships
- friends-to-lovers (mild steam: on page make-out sessions, no on-page sex)
- LGBTQ+ side characters
- main character anxiety rep
- diverse cast with immersive worldbuilding
- action and adventure, wilderness survival style
- low fantasy (none of the main group displays clear magic on page)
- single PoV, third person past tense
Coming to ebook and paperback at the end of January 2024!
Other Short Stories – Soul Mechanic Shop and Dream Season