Award-winning fantasy authors Jeanine Berry, Sheri L. McGathy, Shannah Biondine, and Jeanne Allen reunite to bring you TWILIGHT CROSSINGS II, another extraordinary anthology born within the enchanted realms of twilight.
When Tanner is hired to find the mythical city of Sha-da-nay, little does she know that what she seeks is far different than what she?ll find. For buried in the darkest depths of the Hagath Forest is a truth that can set her free, if only she is willing to truly see WHERE LIES BEAUTY.
The fate of all the Known Realms hangs in the balance when a great mage is assassinated and his Umbra Amulet stolen, leaving a world frozen in perpetual twilight. Zavend Preece has one clue?a firedrake scale found at the murder scene. Can he and the enigmatic Capt. Praxis track the killers and retrieve the enchanted amulet, or will they be forced evermore to MOURN A MOONREFT SKY?
In THE WELL OF FOREVER, enter an ancient world where desert winds part the sands to uncover a mesmerizing tale of magic and romance. In the wrong hands the wand of the legendary sorcerer Lohar could devastate the world, as it almost did once before. Caireya plans to destroy the wand before that can happen, but her plan may cost her life.
Cultures clash when Arvalian warriors invade the peaceful isle of Ignatia for its legendary treasures. In THE TREASURE OF ARVALIS, which will prevail, a determined warrior, a priestess striving for peace, or will a war among the gods force them toward a common destiny?
TWILIGHT CROSSINGS II has finaled in the 2004 Dream Realm Awards!!
If you liked TWILIGHT CROSSINGS II, please be sure to check out TWILIGHT CROSSINGS -- also available from Double Dragon Publishing.
?Four brilliant novellas that will tantalize your imagination to no end. Magic and romance combine to make this a book you won?t soon forget.? Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews (www.huntressreviews.com)
?TWILIGHT CROSSINGS II is a wonderful anthology. Once again, these stories all have one theme in common: a major, life-altering decision to be made. We also have the theme of things not being what they appear on the surface, from the misshapen little man in WHERE LIES BEAUTY, to the treasure in THE TREASURE OF ARVALIS. These are four exceptional stories I recommend everyone reading!? Chere Gruver for ParaNormal Romance Reviews (pnr.thebestreviews.com)
?These four tales of myth and legend, elves and dragons, magic wands and Vikings are guaranteed to sweep you away to distant times and fanciful places on epic journeys of adventure and romance. Fans of fantasy are sure to find Twilight Crossings II a delight.? ~ Elysa Hendricks, award-winning fantasy author of the Moon Trilogy (http://www.geminimoon.org/)
?This anthology is a wonderful collection of four novellas that capture that magical time between darkness and light.?Each of these character driven tales brings us through periods of conflict and enlightenment sure to be enjoyed by a wide audience.? Kevin Tisserand, fantasy author (www3.telus.net/tisserand)
...This reviewer was amazed, awed, and astounded by the sheer depth of each author’s perceptions in each story. Each story could literally stand alone as its own book, as the magnitude of each authors? perception and lushness of each world makes this fantasy anthology a must have in any library. Each author’s characters appealed to the readers, and the interplay was captivating from the beginning. The authors drew the readers in and gave them a ride of their life. They didn?t stop until the end of the book, and even then, this reviewer was wondering what was next. This book was different, as it was a fantasy that spans the imagination. This reviewer feels that this was one of this year’s best in Fantasy Romance and highly recommends this one as a keeper. All four authors give a different perspective on their take on fantasy and it all comes together with flare, excitement, and captivating reading. This reviewer gives high praise towards these four for creating a wonderful, enchanting series that seems to go beyond the scope of what fantasy is. High marks to all.
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WHERE LIES BEAUTY
By Sheri L. McGathy
MOURN A MOONREFT SKY
By Shannah Biondine
THE WELL OF FOREVER
By Jeanine Berry
THE TREASURE OF ARVALIS
By Jeanne Allen
Author’s Introduction to WHERE LIES BEAUTY
A hush settles over the land. Time seems to slow, and for the briefest of moments, you behold the beauty of twilight. You seek its magic as you reach upward and let your fingers waft through the shimmering veil of blue-gray hues. In the wind, you hear the fading whisper of what might have been even as you long for the promise of what might someday be.
Then twilight ebbs and moves on, leaving you to wonder if what you thought you saw, what you felt, could ever truly exist.
I hope you enjoy WHERE LIES BEAUTY.
~ Sheri L. McGathy
WHERE LIES BEAUTY
By Sheri L. McGathy
He looked upon the flower, to its dew-kissed bloom shimmering in the light of early morn. He traced the pad of his thumb across the delicate petals and downward along the contour of the curved thorn that hid amongst its pale green leaves.
He paused over the thorn’s sharp point.
What was perfection without the shadow of fault? He pressed against the thorn. Its sharp point pierced his skin. When he withdrew his thumb, a bead of bright red blood lingered. Does beauty exist if the one who looks upon it cannot see its charm? Can beauty’s light survive if hidden within the cloying mantle of darkness?
He could only hope this was so.
He raised the bloom and inhaled deeply, taking in its unique aroma. "Bittersweet." His voice, though barely above a whisper, shattered the silence surrounding him. He was helpless to halt the sigh that escaped him. Within all beauty resides the remnant of its darker self. An unseen presence feared by most and shunned by all. A secret, locked away and closely guarded. Yet, within the ugliest of things, there remains true beauty. He did not believe one could exist without the other. It was a belief he would place all his hope upon.
He stared beyond the soft edges of the rose petals to the fading luster of a once vibrant land. The Hagath’s touch crept ever closer, her vengeance seeking to destroy all memory of what once was, while tainting all in her path. Her laughter haunted the breeze?her glee, his great sadness. Soon, she would come for him. And with her arrival, his world would fade, leaving this realm without him. ?Twas the price he had agreed upon?to offer hope to the future and assure memory for the past.
Summoning the last of his light, he swept his hands before him. "Sleep, dream?and recall."
He laid the flower in the cradle of his palm and traced the tip of his finger along its fragile stem. "Within you lies hope. Guard your treasure well."
A single tear slid silently down his cheek and fell against the blood-red petals of the rose. His sadness weighed heavily upon him as he whispered, "And who shall shed a tear for me?"