The Summer Heroes
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The Summer Heroes seek the pieces of the mythical Miqra’Chen, and they’re not the only ones. Glaysa, one of the Guardians, also seeks it. Her purposes are more nefarious.
She also seems to be behind much of the destabilization in Penwith and elsewhere: supporting orcish war bands preparing for invasion, manipulating events in the North to keep the largest standing army occupied, backing murderous pirates and misguided leaders in Brightwater, making deals with dragons to attack the Elvish lands to the South, distracting the Dragon Watch from their sacred duties, and distributing magical statues used not only for eliminating Curators but also causing ever growing corruption in the surrounding areas.
Time has passed for the Summer Heroes while they explored temples and lost one of their own, trapped into an eternal life of guarding something she doesn’t understand. They do not know what has happened in the world in the months that passed in a matter of hours. Sorian Alchemists could be running wild, causing more devastation and destruction in Brightwater, or the people may have revolted again, throwing out the symbol of centuries of occupation. Open warfare could have broken out between Brightwater and the uneasy alliance of the newly resurrected Starrl and Saltstone, or prophecies about a Silver Crown returned to its people could have come to pass, uniting all of Penwith under the rule of House Xiri.
If that isn’t enough, the Summer Heroes have their own problems.
Erlindar, a wizard of growing power, is wanted by the Regulators for theft of a magical amulet he secretly wears around his neck. It provides the key to tearing down the rigid elvish caste system, and still uncertain potent energies. Secret organizations seek it too, and Erlindar is pulled in multiple directions. And then there’s Corinthia, the troubled (and psychotic) Irian sister who seeks to unite their houses.
Thalion is marked as a pariah by his own order, for violating his oaths and sharing his order’s most precious secrets. Now his former allies have sworn to hunt him down, and his allies, for the secrets they both know and carry with them.
Mina is trying to understand her heritage and what the Dragon Watch sword means, while her father is missing, apparently held captive by the Curator Mellitus. Her long lost mother has resurfaced, bearing a second Dragon Watch sword. She reluctantly works for the man who has her husband, attempting to win his freedom, no matter the cost. And someone has been masquerading as Mina in Brightwater, employing a ring of spies for as yet unknown purposes.
Pirro struggles with his past failures and his need to protect those around him. He has vowed to bring back Yeronia from the dead, but has no idea if she will return as the friend he failed, or the corrupted enemy he defeated. A promise of greater wisdom, and training, wait for him at Sweetwater Monastary, if the Summer Heroes can ever manage to get there.
Talerion is burdened with the competing desires of retaking his family’s birthright from House Xiri, and protecting his younger brother from the countless dangers he faces. His manipulative and calculating sister shares his ambitions, and then some, leading him to sometimes wonder what his family’s true role is in her schemes.
Darion has proof of his impossible prophecies in his hand, but is unable to share that proof with the world without attracting the wrong kind of attention. His allies wonder what other secrets he keeps, as he gradually reveals more and more about what fate has in store for them. He must deal with the traitorous Mellitus of House Xiri, his fellow Curator convinced that Darion will be the doom of Brightwater, and a fervent hope that Mellitus is wrong. Throw in a complicated relationship with Mellitus’ cousin, and the young Curator has more than enough to keep him up at night.
And Abajeet, forever separated from Mina and her friends, struggling to understand her new powers, obligations, and secrets, and just what her role in the growing struggle will be…