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A PEDDLER OF RUMORS. A RULER’S UNTIMELY DEATH.
WHOEVER CONTROLS THE SECRETS, CONTROLS THE REALM…

 

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Secrets had been my pursuit for as long as I could remember…

By the time I was five, I'd learned the patricians’ most salacious stories from the washerfolk. More people should be wary of washerfolk — they always know your dirty laundry…

By the time I was eight, I was pursuing more complex and dangerous tales — street-side scams, moneylender muggings, even a few political bribes…

By the time I was twelve, I'd sold my first secret.

At fifteen, during the Calling when adolescents decide their life's work, I had named myself a Finch after the Order of Verifiers, a long-disbanded branch of the government, to carry on their mission of exposing truth wherever deception obscured it…

Standing atop our derelict tower, staring over the wide city, I wondered what had come of my nine years of striving. Perhaps it had never been about the truth. Perhaps it was the power of it, of hunting down a story and claiming its truth for your own. But the hunt could only thrill for so long.

Yet it was hard to believe it mattered when I could not even find my brother's murderer.

A sudden sound yanked me from my thoughts. It took me a moment to recognize it. Not since I was a child had I heard it, for it only came in the most dire of circumstances. It blared over the rooftops and poured into the reveling forums and silent alleys. It vibrated in my chest and shook all other thoughts away.

The shell horns of the Laurel Palace called over Oedija, solemn and forlorn…

 
 

 

about j.d.l. rosell

I'm the author of the epic fantasy series The Famine Cycle and the LitRPG series The Everlands. You can find my books at Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited.

By day, I develop e-learning training courses for a number of Fortune 500 clients. My educational background is in English, with a Master of Arts from Truman State University - which is where In the Shadow of the Rook, my now-unpublished debut novel, began as my thesis.

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