Les Bill Gates, Author and Freelance Writer
IN THE TRADITION OF THE EPIC FANTASY NOVELS OF THE LAST FIFTY YEARS.
THE LAND The second part of the trilogy ‘Faith’ sees our company encounter a new set of adventures in the lands to the west of the Air Mountains. Meanwhile, the enemy has regrouped and its strength is increasing once again as war looms in the Land..
THE PROPHECY After many centuries, Squire has returned to Thorland, summoned there by the good Wizard Tobin in order to fulfil an ancient prophecy.
THE PEOPLE As the quest begins, the other members of the company described in the prophecy join Squire. They also encounter many friends who assist them on the quest.
THE MAGIC Tobin gives Squire a shield to protect him in times of great danger, but warns that whenever he uses it he will also get a glimpse of his own world – an unpleasant experience.
THE QUEST Their quest takes the company to the lands of the west. Every time they locate one of the teeth, they also receive instructions for finding the next tooth. Throughout the quest, the wicked Wizard Gordeve tries to abduct Squire, destroy his friends, and thwart the quest.
The sand gave way to a shingle beach. Turning a bend of the seashore, he found himself in a narrow sheltered bay. A small stream flowed down through a gully in the cliff-face.
He clambered over a ridge of rock to reach the stream. He collapsed onto his knees, and with his hands scooped up the pure, fresh water and drank voraciously. He lay down for a few minutes on a section of green turf adjacent to the stream to regain his strength. While he lay there, he heard a noise. He listened intently to the sound of a melancholic song. There are two of them, he thought, and both voices are female. I wonder who they are. Then the song stopped and he heard them talking. They’re coming closer. He rose to his feet and took shelter behind a rock.
The next moment, two beautiful young girls shot out from behind the ridge, one chasing the other. They were both naked, one dark-haired, the other
blonde. Vinny skirted around the rocks above the stream, keeping well hidden from the strangers. He watched the second girl catch up with her friend and the pair of them collapsed in a heap on the sand, giggling. His curiosity aroused, he moved closer. Then he noticed what appeared to be two sealskins lying on the shingle at his feet.
He bent to pick up one of the skins to examine it. Just as he did so, the girls caught sight of him, screamed out, and ran to get possession of the skins. One girl, the blonde, seized the skin that remained on the ground, quickly donned it, and ran towards the sea. She stopped to pick up a small red cap made from feathers, then plunged into the water. She glided off like a seal and soon disappeared from sight.
The other girl wrung her hands and cried, “Please, give me my skin back.”