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I’m finally back after missing an unprecedented two weeks. Recovering from surgery was most unpleasant, but I pulled myself together just in time for my parent’s 50th anniversary party last weekend. A great time was had by all, and life is finally back to normal again.
I’ve decided to start skipping ahead through Rise of the Storm, so I can wrap it up and get you properly into Valley of the Shadow. Gwynneth and Kendryk have returned to Terragand after rescuing Father Landrus. While he continues translating the Holy Scrolls, Kendryk gets to work raising and training his militia, just in case Teodora gets a chance to retaliate. Things look grim for her right now, but she has a tendency to bounce back, so it’s best to be ready.
Gwynneth receives a letter from another princess, complaining that a certain Arian Orland has been terrorizing her citizenry in Kendryk’s name. Of course Kendryk hasn’t authorized this and all Gwynneth knows is that Arian is the son of a Terragand duke. But Kendryk remembers him, and I’m thrilled that I finally get to introduce one of my favorite characters.Originally, Arian was one of my POV characters, but his fascinating backstory was too long, so he got axed. He is so much fun to write and carries a big part of the action in Valley of the Shadow, so it’s definitely time for an introduction.
“I remember Arian Orland,” Kendryk said, frowning “He was a few years older than me, and a friend of my brother’s. By the time I came back from Galladium, he’d already gone soldiering. There was some kind of trouble with a girl so his father sent him away.”
“So he might be a troublemaker,” Gwynneth said, still trying to put the pieces together.
“He was then,” Kendryk said. “He was always getting my brother into scrapes and was a terrible bully. I stayed away from him. But that was long ago; perhaps he’s changed.”
“Fighting for a living rarely changes a personality for the better,” Count Faris said, his face grim.
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