Alex lit a candle off a red ember in the fireplace and ran upstairs to the loft. “Beren! Beren, wake up!” She shook him awake. “You have to warn Lord Ellsworth about a traitor. Someone set me up and it had to be an islander. They were the only ones who knew I had blue hair in my ears. I’ve been keeping them covered.”
“How did you get here?”
“I escaped with the Blue People and they took me to Rosella, the Sea Sprite of Avalon, where I found Tap, Lord Root’s nephew. Lord Reginald came after us, but Rosella stopped him.”
“Tap who? Rosella?”
“She’s a mermaid. I didn’t think they existed, but she does. Anyway, she killed him—Lord Reginald, that is, she turned him to stone, and then Tap told me I had to go back to Eledon—my grandmother’s sick, really sick—she’s dying. We ran away before the soldiers found us. Tell Lord Ellsworth I’m going to bring back the Holy Grail for him. I think it’s somewhere in Eledon. Oh, and by the way, thanks for coming to my defense.” She ran down the stairs.
“Wait a minute!” Beren held out his hand as she disappeared. “What happened?” He ran his hand through his hair and got out of bed, putting on his robe, cursing under his breath.
In her bedroom, Alex opened the wardrobe door and changed into her brown britches and a white muslin shirt. Instantly, her disposition improved, but she took note that her old clothes were now much too big on her. Around her right thigh, she strapped on her Elfin Blade and nodded. But she took two additional notches on the belt than she used to, and it seemed heavier.
She opened a drawer and pulled out her knives. One knife slid into each boot, and each wrist cuff held an assassin’s blade. Then, she slipped on her brown leather vest and reached into the pocket where she found the gold knot she’d forgotten about.
The knot was the size of her hand with a hole in the middle, but made of pure gold. Lord Governor Tyrone, her benefactor on Seaward Isle, gave it to her as a parting gift. Engraved on the front was the Elf symbol for gold with a unicorn underneath it. Maybe it could help Beren and Lila.
From the top of the wardrobe, she grabbed her sword, Challenger and strapped it on. She pulled the blade out and stared at it for a second—it’d been months since she had done that, and it seemed like a stranger in her hand. She sighed and returned it to its scabbard. Strapping the sword belt around her waist, she tightened it as far as she could, but it was still loose. Then she tied her cloak around her neck and picked up the gold knot.
About the Book
Title: The Blue Witch
Author: Joni Parker
Under the rule of King Arthur, Alex finds the mortal world far from what she’d imagined, and the mortals are less than hospitable. Accused of being the “Blue Witch,” Alex is sentenced to die for treason and has been implicated in the mysterious death of one of Arthur’s noblemen by seemingly magical means. With help from unexpected sources, she escapes and returns to Eledon, where civil unrest and the threat of war looms. Alex resumes her responsibilities as Keeper of the Keys for the Council of Elders, but must execute a series of quests to prove her abilities to handle the magical Keys of Eledon. But are her efforts enough to save the Elves from Civil War? And can she commute her own death sentence by finding the Holy Grail?
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Joni’s a city-girl, raised in the heart of the city. So, when her first grade class took a field trip to the Museum of Science and Technology, she was fascinated by the chicken farm where there were live chickens and chicks hatching from eggs under a light. Like the other students in class, she wrote a report, but hers was selected to be in the school newspaper. Her first published article! Joni’s writing continued with short stories until the eighth grade in Phoenix, Arizona when she won second prize in a short story contest and an honorable mention for a poem. After that, she developed a writer’s block and couldn’t write another short story or poem for the next 45 years. Talk about a writer’s block! Now, it seems she can’t stop writing and has retired from work to write. “The Blue Witch” is her fifth published novel and the second book in “The Chronicles of Eledon” series.