"Be it known throughout the land that the rightful heir to the throne of Crystonia will be the wearer of the Silver Breastplate with its four Stones of Light: The Stone of Mercy, The Stone of Courage, The Stone of Integrity and The Stone of Wisdom."
By tradition, the ruler of Crystonia will be the one in possession of the Silver Breastplate. Yet the rightful heir has not appeared and the throne that sits atop Mount Heilodius has stood empty for a century and a half.
The kingdom is being torn apart as the biggest and strongest races battle for control. Even the herd of peace-loving Centaurs has splintered into two factions, one awaiting the promised bearer of the breastplate, the other seeking power and control over the land.
Unbeknownst to all but a very few, the Silver Breastplate has been created. In due course, it is presented to a sixteen-year-old Duende girl named Carling, one of the tiny descendants of the fairies that once filled the land. But the silver breastplate is not complete. In order for its wearer to have the skills to rule the land righteously, the young Duende needs to find the four stones of light that are needed to finish this magical source of power and authority.
This is the riveting story of Carling's quest. She, along with her friends, must risk their lives to save their land and fulfill the assignment given to them to complete the silver breastplate.
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My current project is a four-part series titled “The Centaur Chronicles”. I am excited about this new middle-grade fantasy. The first book, “The Stone of Mercy,” was released on Oct. 1, 2016. It has already garnered several awards including the Gold Medal from the Feathered Quill awards. The second, “The Stone of Courage,” was released on April 15, 2017 and has won a Book Excellence Award.
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In each of the four books in "The Centaur Chronicles" series, Carling, the rightful heir to the throne of Crystonia, finds the sought-after stones in the middle of each book. The reader then sees how the stones change her character.
In literature, as in life, external events often cause an internal change in a character. Such is the case here.
In "The Stone of Mercy-Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles, Carling is filled with anger and the desire for revenge when the Heilodious Centaurs kill both her parents. But the Stone of Mercy changes her and she becomes merciful.
In this excerpt, you read about the occasion where she is given the stone by the eagle, Baskus. The Wizard of Crystonia had entrusted the eagle with the care of the stone until the rightful heir should come seeking it.
The Stone of Mercy
Carling stared at the bird as it approached and sent out occasional screeches. She wasn’t sure if she should run and hide or stay where she was. She chose to stand firm and wait. Soon it was directly over her and circling around, calling out almost frantically now. Just as it flew down to within a few feet of her, one of the bird’s large talons opened wide and a stunning green stone, circular in shape, fell to the ground at her feet. Carling bent to look at it. It was the most beautiful stone she had ever seen. The color was the green of the forest that she loved. The shape had not been sculpted by a human hand. It was too perfect. Even the artisans of Duende would not have been able to create such a stone. The stone was both beautiful and frightening, and she knew immediately that it was the Stone of Mercy she was seeking. From what little Vidente had told her, she also knew this stone held great power, a power she did not understand. That frightened her.