Sesskia’s Diary, part 147

7 Nevrine, continued (continued) She looked skeptical. Worse than skeptical—she looked disdainful. I said, grasping at anything, “Master Liskesstis, I promise you in the Kilios’s name that we can free you, if that’s something you think will help. I know you can’t go back to your village, and I don’t know where else you can…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 147

Sesskia’s Diary, part 146

7 Nevrine, continued (continued) We retraced our steps and circled back along the walls toward the northeastern gate. The guard in Debressken had said the camp was to the northeast, and it seemed logical that anyone going to or from it would leave by that gate. We had to conceal ourselves for longer than I…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 146

Sesskia’s Diary, part 145

BOOK EIGHT 7 Nevrine, continued This new book feels strange, probably because the cover is thick, stiff paper made of many layers pressed together and not beautiful blue leather. All that matters is that it’s a book, I know, but it’s hard to look at it and not think how much better a job I’d…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 145


That’s right, BURNING BRIGHT will be released as an audiobook! When? Not sure yet. But soon! The exciting part is that my daughter, who has a reading disability and has never read one of my books, will now be able to without someone sitting and reading it to her. Since she does her reading late at…Continue reading BURNING BRIGHT audiobook!

Sesskia’s Diary, part 144

7 Nevrine (continued) We trailed along after him, giving him plenty of space so he wouldn’t feel intimidated by Jeddan’s muscular frame. “That was impressive,” Jeddan whispered. “It was luck,” I said. “I much prefer—never mind.” I’d been about to say “sneaking in at night” but realized Messkala might be listening. We went along some…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 144

Sesskia’s Diary, part 143

7 Nevrine (continued) We thanked him and set out. Hasskian is an old city, older than Venetry, and its age shows in the narrowness of its streets, which are worn slick from the passage of hundreds of thousands of feet over the last five hundred years, and the narrowness of its houses, built right up…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 143

Sesskia’s Diary, part 142

7 Nevrine (continued) Jeddan and I looked at each other, and he shrugged, which I took to mean “let’s try to avoid trouble, but we can overcome him if we have to.” We walked over to the guard, trying to look innocent, though if the man was as suspicious as he sounded, he probably thought…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 142

Sesskia’s Diary, part 141

7 Nevrine We camped early tonight because we found a place where this river—more of a stream, I guess—runs through a copse of trees near the road, and we were still so tired we decided it was better to stop here than to push on until nightfall and risk not finding anywhere good. The fire…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 141

Sesskia’s Diary, part 140

5 Nevrine Now that we have two pouvrin in common, it’s easier to find common points for discussion. We’re inventing a whole new vocabulary of “bends” and “flexion” and “beadery” and “star-rods” and other words meaningless except as they pertain to the pouvrin. After dark, I tried to give Jeddan the shape of the concealment…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 140