Children of the Keeper, Book 2 of The Cursed Ground
An impetuous young woman named Temper heads up the security squad in the city ruled by her father, the Keeper of Wit. Today she's got her hands full chasing a mysterious thief and trying to keep trouble-makers from starting a riot. But Temper discovers that darker forces are also at work: Power-hungry conspirators are plotting to wrest control away from the Keeper, and it's up to her to stop them. More
Temper and her brother, Victor, serve as captains on the Keeper's Guard, the rough-and-tumble security squad that patrols the city ruled by her grandfather, the Keeper of Wit.
Today just isn't her day.
As soon as she comes on duty, Temper chases a thief through the filthy alleys of the city, only to fall on her face in the mud as the criminal escapes. Then somebody pelts her with sheep's dung at the marketplace. And on top of that, she has to confront a band of hecklers harassing a harmless troupe of entertainers in the city center. Maybe such struggles are to be expected among the unruly Borne, a rebellious race long ostracized from the rest of the human family.
But darker conflicts are stirring in the city of Wit. Power-hungry conspirators are plotting to wrest the city away from the family of the Keeper, goaded on by his ancient enemy, the Plainspeaker.
As if that weren't enough, Temper and her fellow patrollers discover that outsiders from the enemy race of the Put have entered the city and are promoting their religion: The ancient fellowship known as Friends of the Becomer. And, surprisingly, some of the Borne are listening to these foreign fanatics.
Temper is an expert at chasing criminals, at stick-fighting, and at breaking heads, but place too many conflicts in front of a hothead like her, and trouble is bound to erupt.
"The Cursed Ground" historical-fantasy saga brings to life a long-gone era when humans lived for hundreds of years and all spoke the same language. This series tells the story of a group of defenders who struggle to protect their communities from the growing violence in the world around them. Meanwhile, a small brotherhood is charged with carrying an unpopular message to humankind: The Creator has declared that this violent world will soon come to an end.
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