The Cursed Ground

The Child-Stealers – Book 1 of The Cursed Ground

The Child-Stealers – Book 1 of The Cursed Ground
Title: The Child-Stealers – Book 1 of The Cursed Ground
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Published: January 20, 2015
Author's Twitter: @aroyking
A sudden, vicious attack by a band of raiders shatters the peace of the Till, an isolated agricultural community. But these marauders have carried off more than a few supplies and valuables. They’ve abducted a child, sister of a young man named Boon. To recover the lost child, Boon and a small force of loyal companions take leave of their simple village and march off into a vast, unknown forest in pursuit of the violent child-stealers. The Till has been at peace for generations, but now these farmers and tradesmen must track armed marauders through the wilderness, asking for help from distrustful strangers along the way. They know next to nothing about fighting or weapons, but somehow they must form a plan for confronting their enemies and wresting the stolen child away from them. The Cursed Ground historical-fantasy saga brings to life a long-gone era when humans lived for hundreds of years and all spoke the same language. This series tells the story of a group of defenders who struggle to protect their communities from the growing violence in the world around them. Meanwhile, a small brotherhood is charged with carrying an unpopular message to humankind: The Creator has declared that this violent world will soon come to an end.

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Children of the Keeper – Book 2 of The Cursed Ground

Children of the Keeper
Title: Children of the Keeper
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Published: May 5, 2015
Author's Twitter: @aroyking
Temper and her brother, Victor, serve as captains on the Keeper’s Guard, the rough-and-tumble security squad that patrols the city ruled by her grandfather, the Keeper of Wit. Today just isn’t her day. As soon as she comes on duty, Temper chases a thief through the filthy alleys of the city, only to fall on her face in the mud as the criminal escapes. Then somebody pelts her with sheep’s dung at the marketplace. And on top of that, she has to confront a band of hecklers harassing a harmless troupe of entertainers in the city center. Maybe such struggles are to be expected among the unruly Borne, a rebellious race long ostracized from the rest of the human family. But darker conflicts are stirring in the city of Wit. Power-hungry conspirators are plotting to wrest the city away from the family of the Keeper, goaded on by his ancient enemy, the Plainspeaker. As if that weren’t enough, Temper and her fellow patrollers discover that outsiders from the enemy race of the Put have entered the city and are promoting their religion: The ancient fellowship known as Friends of the Becomer. And, surprisingly, some of the Borne are listening to these foreign fanatics. Temper is an expert at chasing criminals, at stick-fighting, and at breaking heads, but place too many conflicts in front of a hothead like her, and trouble is bound to erupt. The Cursed Ground historical-fantasy saga brings to life a long-gone era when humans lived for hundreds of years and all spoke the same language. This series tells the story of a group of defenders who struggle to protect their communities from the growing violence in the world around them. Meanwhile, a small brotherhood is charged with carrying an unpopular message to humankind: The Creator has declared that this violent world will soon come to an end.

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