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The Sorceress walked forward until she stood very close to him. “And you think all of this is your responsibility and that we haven’t face hard times before?”
“As the Craftsman, it is my responsibility to make sure we have marketable goods.” He turned away. “Because of my ego, I let my art become the main source of income. Now...”
“Now we shall all make do with less,” she interrupted. “We’ve done it before. And you don’t hear sounds of anger or sorrow out there.” She motioned toward the window with one hand. “Those are the sounds of joy.”
“Wait a few months, Sorceress. When the doctors don’t have the medical equipment they need, or the children go hungry, there won’t be any sounds of joy. And there are those absent from the gaiety. The families of the dead aren’t there,” he bitterly pointed out.
She gently placed a hand on his shoulder. “Why are you blaming yourself when no one else does?”
He struck a towering bedpost with the fist of his left hand. “I should have checked the equipment better. It was my job to make sure everything was safe. And those people wouldn’t have been in the building at all if I hadn’t asked them to stay late.”
“Gawain, no one could have known the kilns would explode.”
“Wrong, Sorceress. I should have known. Any fuel source of the kind we use can explode. If I’d checked the connections better, instead of worrying over my precious artwork and my next gallery showing, those people would still be alive. The entire building wouldn’t have gone up in flames, and eighteen months of work wouldn’t have been destroyed.”
“Blaming yourself will change nothing. Monday morning, all the artisans will meet in the great clearing and sort this out. With their doubled efforts and your new artwork ...”
“What new artwork?” he interjected and held up his right forearm. “I can’t create art with one hand, Sorceress. I’m right-handed. Or was.”
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Like all of the Tales of the Order, they are first released in ebook format; then go to print a few months later. The Craftsman is an ebook now, but will be in print soon.
Here is a link to all the Tales of the Order:
The Tales of the Order (in order):
The Gazing Globe
Keeper of The Loch
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This fifth Tale of the Order is out now from Cerridwen Press, www.cerridwenpress.com
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Though this book is currently only available in ebook format, it 'will' be coming to print soon!!!
A Druid warrior must choose between those who love him and revenge.
Tales of the Order - The Craftsman By Candace Sams
Book 5 in the Tales of the Order series.
When Gawain O'Malley lost his right hand in the tragic fire that destroyed all his artwork and claimed lives, he also lost the will to live. He feels wholly responsible for the fire and can no longer generate an income for the Shire though his work. Concerned for Gawain's well-being — and the future of her people — the Sorceress of the Order enlists a group of Brownies to come to his aid.
When Wren arrives at the Shire, she immediately realizes Gawain is her true love — despite her betrothal to someone else. And when they're together, Gawain feels a deep sense of peace that helps ease his guilt.
But as the two are about to discover, the fire was not Gawain's fault at all…but the work of an evil outside force.
Publisher's Note: This title was previously published elsewhere under the same title.
This book is the fifth in a series. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, the previous book should be read first.
“Do they know how close to financial ruin we really are? How low on first-aid supplies the physicians are? How the food will have to be rationed?”
Other Tales of the Order:(in order of publication)
The Gazing Globe
Keeper of the Loch
All of the Tales of the Order are coming in ebook and paperback to Cerridwen Press, www.CerridwenPress.com
The Craftsman is the fifth Tale in the Tales of the Order series.
Please contact me from www.CandaceSams.com for further release information.
The Craftsman: Book #5 of the Tales of the Order - The Craftsman is one of the best blends of fantasy, romance and mystery. I was entranced by the way the story was woven together....this book was well worth the wait. If you want a beautifully written adult fairytale with more than a touch of good mystery, this is the one for you. I know I certainly plan on getting any future books in this series. - Theresa for Novelspot
Fallen Angel Reviews
The Tales of the Order has cemented my love of Candace Sams' work. The Craftsman is the fifth book and blends beautifully into the series, but is detailed enough to be read alone. Gawain is a testament to his Druid ancestry; his power and personality fairly leap from the pages. While readers will definitely empathize with him, his quest for justice is at times agonizing to witness. His underlying grief and rage make a potent combination and ensure that there is plenty of turmoil...Ms. Sams has managed to hook my interest with her teasers for another story. Can't wait to see it. - Amanda for Fallen Angel Reviews.
The wonderful "Tales of the Order" by Candace Sams has another great addition. I have loved every one of these books and look forward to many more. - Elaine C. McTyer for Amazon.com - top 1000 reviewer
Candace Sams has scored yet again with this book and I now anxiously await the next book in the Tales of the Order. Highly recommended! - Deborah Wiley, for Amazon.com
Not only do we have a story with a heinous plot, we also have the pleasure of reading of a love meant to be - one ordained by the Goddess herself through the vision Gawain and Wren share. I can't wait until the rest of the stories in the TALES OF THE ORDER series comes out. They already have a place in my keeper shelf. If you enjoy a good fantasy, this series is sure to please. - Chere Gruver for Paranormal Romance Reviews
Paranormal Romance Reviews
Ms. Sams has a solid hit with this series. Her creativity, compassion, and endless magical wisdom help to make The Craftsman and all prior books in this series a phenomenal read. Simply outstanding, I truly hope this series doesn't end. - Mindy Lobaugh, PNR Reviews
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