The fifty-year-old former Provost of Parthenope had been nothing short of knightly. Francis commended the statesman for that. It was not to be expected. But Guidus did it. He had battled bravely alongside the Griffin, cutting down mercenaries with impassioned strokes.
‘Poor Guidus,’ Francis thought empathetically. ‘I’m sure he has never endured a night such as this.’ Francis felt his compassion for Guidus wane. ‘Who has endured a night like this? This has been the worst night of my life.’
“Damn it,” Francis softly grumbled. He pounded his fist against his thigh again. The palms and fingers were roped burned and stung but he didn’t care. He wanted to feel something, anything. – EXCERPT FROM : THE CRYSTAL CRUX – BLUE GROTTO
The Crystal Crux series is a ten day adventure through Medieval Italy. The first book in the series, BETRAYAL, began with just that – a betrayal. The people of Capua were stunned when military forces from their allies in Parthenope suddenly laid siege to the keep, killing nearly everyone.
Francis Whitehall, the Griffin, escaped down a privy pipe with Guidus Salvatore, the former Provost of Parthenope and the courier who brought the orders sending Pero de Alava on a suicidal quest to The Eagles Forest.
Pero, by the grace of God, survived the Pass but is injured and holed up in a sanctuary prison. He has no idea the calamity that befell his home and friends, including his fiance, Anthea Manikos.
Meanwhile, in Parthenope, the giant Sinibaldus, the wielder of a Bellerophon Crystal, agonizing over his failure to kill Pero with his enchanted creatures. He lies to his comrades while conspiring to complete his mission.
Dressed from head to toe in a black wool cape, Sinibaldus glided silently through the already open door into Gherardus Fabbro’s study. The giant’s movements were so fluid, so stealthy and cloaked, the two guards posted at the door to protect the Lord Commander hardly noticed the magician come down the long hall before he was right on top of them, crossing over the threshold. They couldn’t have warned their lord if they wanted to. – EXCERPT FROM : THE CRYSTAL CRUX – BLUE GROTTO
Book Two – Blue Grotto, takes us into Days Two and Three while exploring more background of the main characters. It is a deep and enthralling epic fantasy tale, often dark but hopeful. Join us on the journey.
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