The Octagon Key
A man woke up with amnesia to find that he had bested five swordsmen and that he carried a strange object. Saved from his grave injury by a healer of unique abilities and remarkable beauty, they learn that others of power and station are willing to kill for the object he carries. On the road to rescue his ransomed family, whom he does not remember, Imar’s mutual attraction to Dalla grows and he learns that the eight sided object in his pouch is a key to a faraway underground fortress containing advanced knowledge and technology from the forgotten past. Others would have the octagon key because it also unlocks access to powerful weapons unimaginable in this Medieval Age of Sail. Imar must find the self he cannot remember, keep the key from falling in the hands of evil, and decide whether to destroy the octagon key or use it for good.
Key Keeper’s Daughter
On her eleventh birthday, Aideen senses an intruder—a Hamaudi Assassin hired to kidnap her. Once contracted, none can stop a master of that dread guild, and this one carries a grudge.
Her father is on a quest and has a price on his head. Her grandmother flew south to find her husband and the girl fears to endanger her mother by crying out.
Once taken, Aideen must use her mind skills to survive and her charisma to gain friends and alliances. The ransom is the coveted disk, the octagon key, that unlocks the great technology of the ancient past and Imar must give it up to save his daughter.
The continent is broken by continental shifting. The climate has radically changed. The world is repopulating several millennia after war nearly wiped humans into extinction. Magic is explained with science. Old world wizards from cryosleep chambers are genetically enhanced.
Technology is rapidly evolving from swords and sailing ships to firearms and powered flight.
History Will Be Kind
I am a contributing author to this is an anthology of historical fiction by The Copperfield Review. “The Slaver and the Pirate” can be found on page 191. History Will Be Kind at Amazon