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Sword and Illusion

by Nancy S. and Steven R. Brandt

Published by Astraea Press

www.astraeapress.com


Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2012 NANCY S. AND STEVEN R. BRANDT


This is a work of fiction. Names, places, characters, and events are fictitious in every regard. Any similarities to actual events and persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental. Any trademarks, service marks, product names, or named features are assumed to be the property of their respective owners, and are used only for reference. There is no implied endorsement if any of these terms are used. Except for review purposes, the reproduction of this book in whole or part, electronically or mechanically, constitutes a copyright violation.


SWORD AND ILLUSION

Copyright © 2012 NANCY S. AND STEVEN R. BRANDT

ISBN 978-1-62135-056-9

Cover Art Designed by For the Muse Designs


Sword & Illusion is dedicated to Juliette and Noah who have learned to live with Mom and Daddy turning every family outing, no matter how routine, into a Hero's Journey filled with endless discussions of fantasy worlds and story structure.


Chapter One


The bedchamber on the top floor of the mountain hermitage was dark, and he was overwhelmed by the heavy odors of incense and lemon weed. Several monks of the Tinaldor Order, charged with caring for the dying and unwanted, hovered around the opulent bed, praying and waving smoldering sticks over the woman lying there.

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