Between Child of the Kaites and The Steward’s Apprentice, approximately 400 years pass. A great deal happens during that time, some of which will be hinted at in TSA and in The Firstborn’s Legacy book 3, The King’s Son.
I wasn’t content with that, though. I like the stories that happen between these novels.
I also didn’t want to make you all wait such a long time for the second novel in the saga, particularly after…well, those of you who have read CotK know after what 😉
That is where the Steward Stories come in. I’ve chosen seven of my favorite things that happen between books 1 and 2, and I’m writing them as short stories. Starting September 2018, a Steward Story will be published every other month. At first, they’ll only be in ebook format, but I do plan to bundle them into a compilation when they’re all out there. The compilation will be in ebook and paperback format.
1) “Catam Chieftain”
Synopsis: Life as an Aimarine chieftain is never secure, but therein lies the glory. When Catam-Chieftain receives word that new enemies are approaching his chiefdom, he welcomes the fight. Any victory is honorable, but Catam suspects this will be one of his great triumphs. Catam prepares to thwart this new nation that has been spreading chaos around the peninsula. He has to: it’s the only thing that can secure his supremacy in the eyes of Orrock, the other chieftains, and, most importantly, his younger brother Mairon. Catam swears to the gods: he shall vanquish Maraiah.
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2) The Temple Builders
Synopsis:In the decade since Tiran received a Sword of Champions, he feels like he’s figured out what it means to be Swordbearer. He travels around the peninsula for most of the year settling disputes among Maraians and protecting them from the violent nations surrounding them. Usually Nihal, the other Swordbearer, travels with him.
A mission to defend a city from the giant Aimarines starts exactly as Tiran would expect, but then he finds himself facing a new kind of opposition. This opposition could take everything from him: his confidence in Aia’s will, his life, and worst of all his calling. With all certainty gone, Tiran must decide who he is and discover what it truly means to be a Steward.
Purchase “Temple Builders” from online retailers here.
3) Irellia the Night Walker
Synopsis: Irellia the Night Walker was born blind—in other words, cursed, according to her people. But only through her deepest shame can she find the help that her people desperately need.
Purchase “Irellia” from online retailers here.
4) Jennoevre the Glowing
Synopsis: Keeping his little sister alive shouldn’t be this difficult. Lewka has often thought that in the decade since they were orphaned. His responsibility only grew harder when Jennoevre became Steward.
Lewka will stop at nothing to protect his sister—he swore that to himself long ago. He will do anything for her, even if that means sacrificing the one thing he can’t live without.
Coming June 2019
5) Eilor the Tailor
Synopsis: Head down. Don’t draw attention. Survive until the Steward comes.
Since the Aimarines captured his city twenty years earlier, Eilor has done everything he could to keep himself and his family alive. He was dealt a good lot to accomplish that: Eilor is a cripple and a tailor. The giant Aimarines would never see someone as frail as him as a threat.
But the Steward hasn’t come. The Steward might not even be coming. And something just pushed this meek man to his limits.
Coming September 2019
6) Matron Gaia
Synopsis: Gaia has lived all her life in her perfect brother’s shadow while everything she touches fails. When he becomes Steward, Gaia’s had enough. The Xendroqite Pontifex offers Gaia the opportunity to change her destiny and make something of herself.
Then war breaks out. Gaia’s allegiance is torn between her brother and her husband, between the God of her parents and the gods of her new city. Just how far has this rebel fallen?
Coming December 2019
7) Steward Duecatoh
Synopsis: Since he became an adult, nothing in life has turned out as Duecatoh planned. He’s betrayed his best friend, married a woman he hates, and been forced to leave his forge and lead an army into battle.
It all goes terribly wrong–but losing everything could be just what Duecatoh needs. Only then can he see what truly matters.
Coming March 2020