Assassination.  A fugitive comtesse.  A lethal sleep-spell. 
Wyre and wraiths.  Wizardry against sorcery.  And regicide.

In Dream a Deadly Dream, a sorcerer’s plot to kill the king weaves together past and present, dream and reality, to create a nightmare that can kill.

The Fugitive Comtesse

For three years Cherai, the comtesse Muirée, has hidden from the conspirators who assassinated her father.  Now, in the weeping season, a sorcerer has woven a lethal sleep-snare to entrap her.  Although she doesn’t know it, she holds the key to the conspirators’ chance to seize the throne of Vaermonde, a chance thwarted when they killed her father too quickly.  The poisoned nightmares sent by the sorcerer will compel Cherai to turn herself over to her father’s murderers.

Only a chance-met wizard can free her from the sorcerous sleep-spell.

The Exiled Wizard

Alstera wandered into Vaermonde, seeking an opportunity to rid herself of the bindings on her power.  When she encounters Cherai, she realizes the nightmares are caused by a sorcerer.  Breaking a simple sleep-spell without any expectation of extrinsic reward should remove one of the bindings.  Selfishly, she attaches herself to Cherai.

Yet the sleep-spell is not a simple one:  it is a powerful sleep-snare, designed to kill once the conspirators have the document that Cherai’s father hid.  Alstera must use forbidden blood-magic—another crime against wizardry—to slip her powers through the binding sigils tattooed on her wrists.

Will the poisoned nightmares kill Cherai?  Can Alstera free her from the sorcerer’s web before the conspirators kill the king?  Threats come from both enemies and friends, from steely blades and magickal spells.

Dream a Deadly Dream, a novel of 119,000 words, is the second book in the Enclave series.  Enclave 1: Weave a Wizardry Web explores Alstera’s crimes, for which she was bound and banished.  While Dream is a continuation of Alstera’s story in Web, both novels are complete and without cliff-hangers.  

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“Into the Labyrinth” is Remi Black’s story of her passage to publication.  She offers it as advice for new writers just beginning their journey.

I have written stories all my life.  I enjoy opening the great door into the unknown of story, each step lighting a path that once was only darkness.

Writers pick up bits of string, tie them together, wind them into a great ball, and

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then enter the labyrinth of story, hoping to defeat the monster before it eats them.

Several, several years ago, after I had written a few manuscripts, growing as a writer with each one, I penned Dream a Deadly Dream.

I thought Dream/Deadly would be my break-out novel.  I said to myself, “Here’s a story with intriguing characters and a twisty plot and a catchy title.  This is the book.  This is the first book that will be published by the official big publishing houses.”

I sent out the original manuscript with great hopes.

And it bounced back, usually with a “nice” rejection letter attached.

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  Least becomes great.  Greatest becomes least.  Two wizards travel sharp-bladed roads in Weave a Wizardry Web.

    “Wizard against sorcerer.  Fae against dragon.  Wyre against Rhoghieri.”  As children in the Wizard Enclave, Camisse and her niece Alstera recited that catechism daily.  Yet the war against sorcery seems far from the Enclave, and the current leaders have forgotten that childhood chant.

THE LEAST
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    Camisse hasn’t forgotten.  Commander of an outpost, she defends the border against the sorcerers and wyre of Frost Clime.  Her greatest fear is Dragon Rising, the day banished dragons will join Frost Clime.  The Enclave’s forces are not strong enough to repel a triple alliance.

    Faeron recently forced a renewed alliance on the Enclave, which angered the hidebound leaders.  Her mother the ArchClans had promised to renew an alliance with the Rhoghieri.  Camisse is appalled that the Rho haven’t been approached.

    Then the wyre slip into the Enclave and kill wizards.   Camisse recognizes the evidence of wyre attack, but her leaders won’t accept it.  She may be a successful border commander, yet she fumbles when working spells.

    With the aid of a Fae masquerading as a wizard, Camisse discovers she wields Fire.  With Pearroc’s help, she no longer muddles her spells. 

THE GREATEST

    Granddaughter of the ArchClans, Alstera is the greatest Enclave wizard.  Frost Clime and Dragon Rising drive her to investigate ways to increase the powers of wizards.  Her search leads to a forbidden spell called the Nexus.  This taboo linkage funnels power from enthralled wielders to a single wizard, a slavery that breaks a tenet of wizardry.

    When Alstera meets Sanglier, he invites her to join a sharing circle.  Wielders can link power, each one sharing, each one wielding.  Even her cousin Faone, a Naught, can work spells in Sanglier’s circle.

    Yet Sanglier is a sorcerer disguised as a wizard, intent on undermining the Enclave.  Killing the commander Camisse will wreck the border defenses, allowing Frost Clime’s invasion.  Decimating the Enclave in its very heart will ensure victory for his mission.  His spells hide the wyre pack from the wizards.  Sanglier plots to insert a wyre in the ArchClans’ own house.  He commands the wyre Arctos to turn

Faone.  And he tricks Alstera into using blood spells as well as practicing the forbidden linkage.

ORDEAL

    Camisse learns that her scheming mother, in a political maneuver to become ArchClans, was the one who shackled her Fire powers.  Angry at her family, she turns to Pearroc—but he is a protégé of her mother’s chief opponent.  Can she trust him with her powers and her heart?  And can she believe anything he says when she discovers he is a masked Fae?

    Alstera’s friend Nevil, for dabbling in the taboo Nexus, is spell-shackled, reduced to less than a Naught.  Devastated, he commits suicide.  Alstera knows the sharing circle is a type of Nexus.  Even though she risks the same punishment as Nevil, she refuses to stop her investigation.  The opportunity to increase a wizard’s power is too close.

    Then Sanglier sends the wyre pack to kill Camisse and Pearroc.

    And Alstera practices the sharing linkage one time too many.

Will they survive the sharp blades on their chosen roads?

Wizard against sorcerer. 

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Fae against dragon. 

Wyre against Rhoghieri.

In the recently-revived war between wizards and sorcerers, the Enclave wizards enlist the aid of Rhoghieri, wielders of the four base elements who live in Havens.  The sorcerers have enslaved wyre, animal shifters who became outcasts when the wizards declared them anathema. 

The Faeron, who withdrew when the dragons were defeated and nearly extinguished from the world, have returned to an uneasy alliance with the wizards—for the dragons did not die out centuries ago.  Those nearly-mythic creatures are searching for a way to return so they can wreck vengeance on the Faeron and the wizards who exiled them.

  

Current Wizard Clans of the Enclave

Border Wars, 591

Saldoran’s Revolt, 497-510

Enclave inception, 382.

  • Brantimor. Clan Pater in 620.  Red with Gold / Fire.  Magister Amiste.  Fae comeis Tithran Oran de Ciele.  Sequence of Clan Leadership: Brantimor < Ignace (Border Wars) < Guyot, who became ArchClans in 566 < Evraud, who became ArchClans in 541 < Franchot (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Cosmée (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Salbourne < year 463 clan split with the clan that becomes duCian < Chamisse, who became ArchClans in 451 < Thibaut, founder.
  • Bronchet. Clan Pater in 616.  Blue with Gold / Water with Fire.  Magister Beatrice.  Fae comeis Laidriv Grieze de Kiern. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Bronchet < Pierrell (Border Wars) < Gismond, who became ArchClans in 576 < Sandoire < Gauthier, who became ArchClans in 536 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Odette (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < year 494 clan split with the clan that becomes Rochein < Hellost < Alaric < Carrock, founder.
  • Charanaise. Clan Mater in 635.  Green with Gold / Earth and Fire.  Magister Piers.  Fae comeis Tolki Regnant de Thettis.  Sequence of Clan Leadership: Charanaise < Gerrault < Teobolt (Border Wars) < Ysador < Lisandre (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Giraud, who became ArchClans in 488 (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < de Bohune < Brielle, who became ArchClans in 463 < year 461 clan split with the clan that becomes d’Aulnois < Telfourd < Pherginda, who became ArchClans in 439 and founder.
  • d’Aulnois. Clan Pater in 631.  Council of Five member.  Green with Silver / Earth and Air.  Magister Niels.  Fae comeis Silmar Heim de Veirnt. Sequence of Clan Leadership: d’Aulnois < Bourdonnée (Border Wars) < Phergenie < d’Arcy < Horchadt, became ArchClans in 497 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Aelwine < Guimalle, became ArchClans in 467 < year 461 clan split with the clan that becomes Charanaise < Telfourd < Pherginda, became ArchClans in 439 and founder.
  • Drakon. Clan Pater in 596.  Council of Five member.  Black with Gold / (unacknowledged Chaos and) Fire.  Magister Brandt.  Fae comeis Huron Talenn de Ysagrael.  Sequence of Clan Leadership: Drakon < Reivel, who became ArchClans in 578 (Border Wars) < Bronn < Tanneal, who became ArchClans in 514 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Yvgny < Draiven < Brandt, who become ArchClans in 449 < Gerhardt, founder.
  • DuCian. Clan Pater in 627.  Red with Silver / Fire and Air.  Magister Rowan.  Fae comeis Vatar Regnant de Chardyss.  Sequence of Clan Leadership:  DuCian < Valmont < Raigneur (Border Wars) < Alysse < Telfor < Sebastien (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Léonor (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Anselm, who became ArchClans in 474 < year 463 clan split with the clan that becomes Brantimor < Chamisse, who became ArchClans in 451 < Thibaut, founder.
  • Galfrons. Clan Pater in 610.  Council of Five member.  Grey with Silver / Water and Air.  Magisters Eléonore and Talbot.  Fae comeis Dagorr Sigis de Fanault. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Galfrons < Chambaud (Border Wars) < Harailt, who became ArchClans in 555 < Rombreaux (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Ferrant < Melisande < Jacinthe, joined as second generation after Carrock’s death in 426.
  • Letheina. Clan Mater in 613, became ArchClans in 624.  Blue with Silver / Water and Air.  Magister Raigeis.  Fae Ruidri comeis Talenn de Ysagrael.  Sequence of Clan Leadership:  Letheina < Saigeis, who became ArchClans in 596 (Border Wars) < Morted < Sygny (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Maltroit (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Romert < du Cyre, who became ArchClans in 444 < Raigeis, founder.
  • Metallin. Clan Pater in 616. Council of Five member.  Black with Silver / Air.  Magister Tallost.  Fae comeis Aegethr Bourne de Chardyss.  Sequence of Clan Leadership:  Metallin < Sholeina < Garnier (Border Wars) < Nellost < Piers, who became ArchClans in 524 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Enjoux (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < d’Ivrons, who joined the Enclave in the 3rd generation, 461.
  • Perrault. Clan Pater in 606.  Council of Five member.  Brown with Gold / Earth and Fire.  Magisters Cosmée and Oralia and Jules.  Fae comeis Sullin Bourne de Chardyss.  Sequence of Clan Leadership:  Perrault < Griselt (Border Wars) < Aherin (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Horst (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Denis < Journet, joined as second generation after Carrock’s death in 426.
  • Rochein. Clan Mater in 624.  Yellow with Black / Earth and Air.  Magister Seir.  Fae comeis Menos Heim de Veirnt.  Sequence of Clan Leadership:  Rochein < Giraud, who became ArchClans in 613 < Euphemie (Border Wars) < Montaigne < Harcourt < Tredennit, who became ArchClans in 520 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Costaigne (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < year 494 clan split with the clan that becomes Bronchet < Hellost < Alaric < Carrock, founder.

ArchClans Leadership < Letheina, 624 < Giraud, 613-624 < Saigeis, 597-624 < Reivel, 578-597 (Border Wars) < Gismond, 577-578 < Guyot, 566-577 < Harailt, 555-566 < Evraud, 541-555 < Gauthier, 536-541 < Piers, 524-536 < Tredennit, 520-524 < Tanneal, 514-520 < Horchadt, led during Saldoran’s Revolt, 497-514 < Giraud, killed during Saldoran’s Revolt, 488-497 < Anselm, 474-488 < Guimalle, 468-474 < Brielle, 463-468 < Chamisse, 451-463 < Brandt, 449-451 < du Cyre, 443-449 < Pherginda (last remaining of the original founders), 439-443 < original five founding members—Carrock, Gerhardt, Pherginda, Raigeis, and Thibaut—ruled by consensus from 382 to 439.

Current Aged Sages (61st Iteration of the Council of Five): 1st = Perrault, 2nd = Galfrons, 3rd = Drakon, 4th = d’Aulnois, and 5th = Metallin.

Current Faeron Septs

  • The Maorketh, sometimes called “the Kiern Alaisa”. Maorketh Alaisa Grieze de Kiern.  Called the Chief Sister.  Her ward (bonded mate) is Ivers, a wizard of Clan Letheina of the Enclave.  Her palace is at the Harrows in the North.
  • First Sister, the Fanault Alviss. Maore Alviss Sigis de Fanault.  Her palace is at Dagomer, on the east by the sea.
  • First Brother, the Ysagrael Tiraz. Maorn Tiraz Talenn de Ysagrael.  Scree, the rocky and forested slopes leading down from Petrosse, is the location of his palace.
  • Second Sister, the Ciele Vyrthandi. Maore Vyrthandi Oran de Ciele.  Petrosse is the rocky mountains on the Faeron border.
  • Second Brother, the Chardyss Vidar. Maorn Vidar Bourne de Chardyss.  The vale between the mountains is called Moutelle.
  • Third Sister, the Veirnt Skuld. Maore Skuld Heim de Veirnt has her palace at Eiron, the green valley.  Her ward is Romert of Clan Letheina of the Enclave.
  • Third Brother, the Thettis Harte. Maorn Harte Regnant de Thettis, whose palace is located at Bermarck, the forested area.

Wyre Pack in the Enclave

Prime: Martel

Secunde: Arctos

Terce: Lupe

Quartos: Egil

Quintus: Onoldt

Sextus: Voldt

Septimus: Pannoth

Octavus: Ulven

Nones: Freki

Decimus (killed on the way to Mont Nouris)

The Females

Prime: Clemayya

Secunde: Jhennanni

Terce: Volnikka

Quartos: Gerrinna

Quintus: Hibbissi

Icy mountains hold danger and death.

The wizard Alstera continues her quest to restore access to her bound powers.  A nightmare of foul sorcery gives her an opportunity.  She tracks the evil to a snow-smothered village deep in the mountains.

A vengeful woman wielded spells based in sorcery.  To fulfill her revenge, she re-animated a corpse, turning the dead man into a death-walker.

When Alstera and her friend Raul arrive, the suspicious villagers don’t trust them.  Too many have died mysteriously, victims to a monster that don’t dare name.

Alstera is shocked when she discovers the sorcery  re-animated a corpse.  Walking Death drinks blood to retain a semblance of life.

But to fight the death-walker, she must once more rely on primitive and forbidden blood-magic.

With her powers bound, she had to use blood-magic in Vaermonde (Dream a Deadly Dream).  She wanted to avoid another use.  She wanted an easy battle against sorcery.

Yet this battle isn’t easy.  She can’t find the sorcerer.  She can’t find the death-walker.  And a wizard from the Enclave is in close pursuit.

She knows the Enclave wizard comes to discover if she is keeping the wizard tenets

or if she is crossing the tenuous barrier that separates wizardry from sorcery.  Every time she uses blood-magic is a mark against her.

If he returns her to the Enclave, the wizard council will strip away all her powers.

Then Walking Death claims his re-animator as a victim.

With only a small portion of her powers freed, not enough against the death-walker, can Alstera wield blood-magic to defeat a blood-spelled monster?

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