Andrin the Waymaster on SampleSunday

Andrin the Waymaster is, I suppose, a secondary character in the SAGE series, but, like all the characters, he’s essential to the action. Like all the characters, the decisions he makes affect what happens.

After years of being exiled from power, he’s told he has to leave the refuge he’s come to love.


by Marian Allen

Andrin makes his choice hereHe squinted against sudden sunlight. He stood outside, in the clearing by the river. His cottage and garden were gone. In their place sat a light, two-wheeled cart; his kettle, cold and empty; an ebony box, open to show the casting stones it held; and his sleeping pallet, rolled around bundles of aromatic herbs. Blinking, he turned in a complete circle: the fruit trees that had embraced the clearing had been replaced by ten large books with leather bindings. Chandler, his hen, sat placidly near one of the books and pecked at the cover.

Here were all the things he had brought with him from the castle ten liquid years ago.

“Here are all your treasures,” said his grandmother. “Take as much as you will.”

Andrin walked from one item to another, caressing the surfaces, delighting in the variations of textures. Then he picked up Chandler and tucked her gently beneath his arm.

“My ‘treasures’ were more useful as a cottage,” he said. “But a friend can’t be left behind.”


True that.

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A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: If you could only take one thing (not person) from your life, what would it be?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Andrin the Waymaster on SampleSunday

  1. Jane

    March 2, 2014 at 9:43am

    This book is so wonderful. In this tiny excerpt, you show the heart at the core of your story. I think everybody who is reading this portion should race right over to their keyb… Oh, wait, you’re already at your keyboards. Hey! Buy these books! Now! All three! You’ll want to read right through all at once. Guaranteed!

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2014 at 10:02am

      Well bless yore li’l pea-pickin’ heart! You tell ’em, Jane! lol

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  2. saramarian

    March 2, 2014 at 11:32am

    Andrin will never be secondary to me! <3 If I could go visit anyone from the SAGE books for an afternoon, I'd pick him.

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2014 at 3:29pm

      It WOULD be fun to spend an afternoon with Andrin in his cottage by the river, especially if his Grandmother came to visit. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      March 3, 2014 at 9:49am

      Ooo! Thank you! I’m going to wait on the Chain Gang thing until it’s a wee bit warmer, though. lol

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  3. Jo

    March 3, 2014 at 10:03am

    @Marian Allen – I personally don’t believe in deadlines, and you know how late I am for everything too, so. Are you still freezing? You poor guys! About that song – is it playing over and over in your head yet? You know – Working on a Chain Gang? 🙂

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