Pawns and Puzzles
Two friends learn how quickly life can change when they go from living lives of luxury to being the most wanted fugitives in the land.
When assassins threaten Princess Fi’s life, her foster sister Erryn summons cursed beasts to save her. Branded a heathen, Erryn escapes the guards ordered to kill her and flees for her life. When she hears about a faraway temple that may reveal why she has summoning powers, she sets out on the long journey to reach it. But Erryn’s pampered life doesn’t serve her well in the wild. Bounty hunters and guards become the least of her worries.
Back at the castle, Fi tries to carry on with her life. But then her father is assassinated, and Fi is framed for the crime. With the help of those loyal to her, she escapes from prison and searches for Erryn, hoping to enlist her aid in reclaiming the throne. But the outside world isn’t kind to treacherous princesses. Fi’s quest to prove her innocence leads to another cage, one that has her wishing she was back in a prison cell.
Pawns and Puzzles was originally published as a serial novel. It contains the first seven installments in the Daros Chronicles (Friends Torn Apart, On the Run, Blood and Blades, Place Your Bets, Friend or Foe, Loyalty and Lies, and Leap of Faith).
Looking for the original installments? They’re still available, but only for a limited time. The first installment is below (the bookstores will suggest the other installments to you).
Friends Torn Apart
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When Princess Filmona of Daros is beset by assassins, her best friend Erryn Fyler steps in and saves her. But Erryn’s brave act reveals her true nature. She’s a Beast Master, a heathen cursed by the seven gods and condemned by the Holy Texts.
Princess Filmona can’t believe that one of the few people she trusts kept such an explosive secret from her. She’s torn between the Holy Texts’ teachings and the woman she considers a sister.
The king banishes Erryn from the Royal Province—or so he tells the princess. Will Erryn make it across the provincial border? Will the two friends see each other again?
Friends Torn Apart is the first installment in the Daros Chronicles, an epic fantasy serial. It’s approximately 12,000 words long.