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Many thanks to my family ( Henry, T.A.C and McIntyre) and friends for all their support and contributions to this latest addition to The Guardians of Vesturon. I’d also like to thank all the Determinant Beta Readers—Terri, Midu, Lissa, and Becky for their awesome contributions in this whole process. I couldn’t have done it without you!
I’d also like to thank my son T.A.C for his ingenious idea for the character of Tak. This requires a bit of explaining. Tak was originally named Tak Herdekian. My son wanted to be named for a villain so I decided to grant him his wish. He and I sat down one night and he came up with the name “Herdekian.” When the story began evolving and the character Tak Herdekian developed, I discovered he could not be put to rest with this one book, for he had his own complicated story to tell. In fact, I decided that his species, The Praestani, deserved a book of their own (or perhaps even a series). I also realized that this spin-off would have to be written in the adult genre, since Tak, whom I have since renamed as Jurek Herdekian, is the ultimate bad boy and will play by no one’s rules (but perhaps his own)!