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.
THE CHOICE OF ANDRIN — excerpt
from SILVER AND IRON, BOOK 2 OF SAGE
by Marian Allen
He 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 Blinking, he turned in a complete circle: the fruit trees that had embraced the clearing had been replaced by ten large books with leather bindings.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.”
Book 3 – Silver and Iron
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: If you could only take one thing (not person) from your life, what would it be?