The Rhyme of the Golden Aegis
Book One of the Archetype Trilogy, 2nd Edition
Story, maps, and cover illustration by Xero Reynolds
Published by Xero Reynolds at Smashwords
Copyright 2013 Xero Reynolds
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Sincere thanks to my mother, who inspired my love of learning, reading, and creating; Kari Hammons, and Kandy Sewell, who helped with the labor of editing, Angel Pidock, who saved the day against software woes, and to all of my friends who proved admirable guinea pigs for the book in its infancy.
This book is dedicated to my wife Katy, who introduced me to the legend of the Wolf and the Owl, to whom I owe so much, and for whom I strive to make sure that the legend never ends.
(for a full map of the world of Calopa, please visit www.xerjester.com)
Note from the Author
Why a Second Edition? In short, because of two key things: 1. Most importantly, the original version of this book still contained passages that required an editor’s touch. The best laid plans of mice, men, and spell check oft go awry, and mistakes distract from the experience. No doubt there may yet be errors lurking in the crannies of the prose, but I hope that the glaring ones have now been taken care of. Mea culpa; we can’t all craft story and edit with equal aplomb. 2. I’ve since removed the chapter concerning the woes of Jacob Hadrick on the advice of readers and my wife. It’s a great little bit of story, but not absolutely integral to the whole, and slows things down. One day I may reprint it on it’s own, in some collection of short stories concerning the world of Calopa and the horrors of The Purge, as it’s called. Until that time, I hope you appreciate the quicker pace.