Ebon Blade

Rebecca Shelley

Copyright © 2011 Rebecca Shelley

Published by Wonder Realms Books

All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any print or electronic form without permission. All characters, places, and events in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual places or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Cover photography © Valery Sibrikov | Dreamstime.com

Interior art © Irina Shishkina | Dreamstime.com

Chapter One

Shivering, Brian crouched near a potato farmer's stall with his back up against the soot-covered stone building in search of what warmth it could lend him. Acrid smoke from burning peat settled from chimneys above Paddy's Market, filling the narrow street and swirling around the wooden stalls laden with an odd assortment of vegetables, fabric, and pottery.

It stung Brian's lungs, and he pressed cold fingers to his lips to stifle a cough. He'd coughed too much lately. Couldn't help it.

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