Curses of Scale

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Description

Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.


Endorsements

Curses of Scale weaves a tale of conflict and love that plays out on a grand stage and unrolls in layers, presenting readers with a rich, vibrant world they are sure to get lost in. It reminds us that some loves withstand time and death, echoing as comfort or haunting us in the aftermath of loss. Reeves has whipped up a fantastical tale, with druids, fae, a dragon, war, magic, and love and thrown it all together with an oft poetic touch that tugs at the soul and gives rise to the imagination. Enjoy this by a nice big fire or sitting in the great outdoors, but do not forget to bring pickles!”

—Brian Guthrie, author of Rise, a Dragon Award Finalist.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Pinched………………………………………………….. 1
Chapter 2: Everything Changes…………………………………. 9
Chapter 3: Inn and Out…………………………………………… 21
Chapter 4: A Bard’s Tale…………………………………………. 41
Chapter 5: Before a Fall………………………………………….. 51
Chapter 6: Cast Off………………………………………………… 63
Chapter 7: Thread of Lies………………………………………… 77
Chapter 8: Curses of Scale……………………………………….. 85
Chapter 9: A Way Back………………………………………….. 95
Chapter 10: Green Eyes………………………………………… 103
Chapter 11: The Misses and the Missus…………………….. 111
Chapter 12: One More Time…………………………………… 119
Chapter 13: Fair Way Come Again………………………….. 129
Chapter 14: Lurking Near the Surface………………………. 137
Chapter 15: Wind Between the Stones………………………. 141
Chapter 16: To Adventure!…………………………………….. 151
Chapter 17: Smoke in the Air…………………………………. 161
Chapter 18: What Lies Buried…………………………………. 171
Chapter 19: The Right Fit………………………………………. 179
Chapter 20: At Every Corner………………………………….. 187
Chapter 21: We Will Have Answers………………………… 199
Chapter 22: A Temple Without Faith……………………….. 207
Chapter 23: No Help Will Come……………………………… 217
Chapter 24: Rumination on Power…………………………… 221
Chapter 25: What You Expect…………………………………. 231
Chapter 26: A Different Path………………………………….. 241
Chapter 27: Where Doom is Written………………………… 249
Chapter 28: A Trail of Goosebumps…………………………. 261
Chapter 29: Beg for Release……………………………………. 273
Chapter 30: A Bow Before Departing……………………….. 281


About the Author

Stephen Reeves was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980, but grew up in a small community just on the edge; Madison. After living in the same area for over thirty years Stephen met his future wife in 2010, and in 2012 they were married. He currently resides in Switzerland with his wife, two cats, and an obsessive Pomeranian.


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