King Paletin and Adren have set forth a mission for their team of elfs. Zyrthal, the young strategist, is given the daunting task of leading his team to the hidden treasures of the vanquished Kingdom of Menarm. Although they are strong in number and sure of purpose, the elfs face many uncertainties on their royal mission, and instead of treasure, they find themselves facing ruthless mercenaries who are determined to claim the kingdom’s riches for themselves.
Once again the Silent Warrior is sent to rescue the captured elfs. But he has been battling demons of his own, and finds himself doubting his abilities as the champion of Adren, the last princess of Menarm. The shadows in his heart are magnified with the disappearance of two half-elf princes from the dead kingdom.
Will the Silent Warrior succeed in rescuing the young boys and thwarting the mercenaries, or has he fallen from Adren's grace forever? In this outstanding finale to the Silent Warrior trilogy all questions will be answered.
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“Why was the alert sounded?” Zisken asked the captain of the guard in a whisper.
“High Councilman Zisken, this is Nontin,” the captain answered, and pointed to a short man with dirty matted hair. “He has a message to deliver to you.”
“What kind of message?” Zisken asked. “Who sent it?” He glanced at the unshaved, stocky man in front of him.
“Capt’n Jac’by,” answered the messenger, and handed him the parchment.
Zisken opened the roll and Hedron moved to peek over his shoulder. Zisken took one open-mouthed look at the note and gave it to Hedron to read.
“I believe it is time for everyone to retire,” Hedron murmured.
“All councilors from the leading houses please stay,” Zisken cried. “All others, it is time to return home.”
“Tadren, you and your family, and Peiryl’s family please join us.”
In complete silence, the entire audience left to await the official report from their leaders.
Zisken turned to the other leaders. “Let’s go to the council chamber; we can talk there.”
The leaders followed him in silence. Once there, they closed the door and Hedron took charge.
“I will read this request sent to us by a man named Jacoby.”
“I have a treasure of yours. It’s made up of twenty-three elf men and twelve pretty elf women. My men can hardly stay away from them. I’ve done all in my power, but I can’t control them much longer.
“I want an exchange: I’ll give you back your people, if you fill six wagons with gold, silver and anything else of value you have. I’ll even give you the wagons.
“We know you have many riches. You gave some to the King of Renil, I’m sure you won’t mind giving me some.
“If you don’t do as I’ve asked, I’ll kill one of the prisoners each day I’ve gotta wait. I’ll start with the women, after letting my men do as they like with them. You have one day to answer.
No one spoke, as the messenger was still with them, yet tension filled the air throughout the council room.
Tadren, noticing how tense the Warrior stood with a troubled glare, said to the council in elfish, “May I ask him some questions?” He could sense the worry Adren felt for the girls being held prisoner.
“Of course,” Zisken agreed, “they have your people as much as ours.”
“Thank you,” the Lothian commander said. “May I ask you some questions?” he turned to the man waiting there.
“Sho’,” the man responded, not at all surprised.
“How do we know that you tell the truth?”
“Ya don’t,” he replied.
“Why would we do what you ask if we have no proof that our people are prisoners, nor that they are still alive?”
“Jac’by sed ya ken send a man ’nd a wom’n to ’ur camp. N’ne else ken kum close. He ’lso sed, ‘no tricks or w’ll kill yur peple.’”
“Anna del C. Dye’s writing is fluid and flawless, and it should come as no surprise that one will find this story as fulfilling as the first two in the trilogy. Her talent for writing fantasy will leave her name forever entrenched in our memories as we hope to read more of her stories long into the future.”
—Front Street Reviews
About Anna del C. Dye
Anna del C. Dye was born in the far South, a twin and one of five siblings. Early on, she discovered a talent for sewing, and has designed and created costumes for several dramatic productions.
At 19, she met and married her own Prince, moving north to Utah to start a family with her husband Rodney. They have four children. It was Rodney who first encouraged her to write.
Anna's books are backed by serious research, and she has even trained with the United Clans Swordsman Association to ensure her battle scenes are just right.
Anna received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. Her article entitled A New American Mother was published by Desert Saints Magazine. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess was published by Kalkion Magazine. Five other articles about relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West.
Anna, who is fluent in English and Spanish currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, where she is hard at work on her fantasy series.