An absolute terrific journey. You can follow the authors journey from apprentice to journeyman writer in the course of seven short stories. The first one (three stones) was hard for me to get through. Etched Soul was solid storytelling with characters you cared about. He really hits his stride with Growing Storms and each story gets better than the previous. Highly recommend supporting this new author and definitely one to keep your eye on in the future. – Amazon Review
How does one live with knowing that the price for power often comes at the expense of others? The seven unique fantasy stories in this collection explore that question and more. Each story touches on power– magical or otherwise– and what the cost of it might be.
- Three stones would destroy the world if left unbalanced. Reltha is on a mission to keep three ancient stones from destroying the world, but can she succeed when the faith of the other pilgrims differs from her own?
- Words are weapons, and the one word etched into his heart is survive. Ren has lived as a strayson of the tribe for most of his life, but life turns upside down when he attacks a natural born-son. With the tribe calling for blood, can he survive?
- He bears the last hope for restoring the world in his chest, but can he remove it? Mak doesn’t remember who he is, but he knows that the crystal embedded in his chest is the key to saving humanity, even if removing it might cost him his life.
- Storms are the only things that can save his village if he can survive them himself. Tamin’s father failed to bring the storm-seed home, leaving his village without crops. To bring honor back to his family name, he rails against the storm-lands– searching for the seed.
- Magic and its use are outlawed. One boy learns of hidden things within a garden. Din seeks the truth behind a magic well, led by his friend Kevin. When the truth gets revealed, will their friendship endure?
- People turn to stone statues when they die, but is it a blessing or curse? Stella cares for villagers taken by the Stoning, a disease or a gift depending on whom you ask. When she learns which it is, she must decide between staying tied to the past or leaving to find her future.
- The stars see all regarding a brother’s love and betrayal. Cenius wants a life away from his brother and the kingdom he rules. To do so means leaving the woman he loves behind, and the stars decide his fate. A backstory to my current work in progress, “Of Stars Below.”