by Yves Robichaud
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Kaylen has been in the dark for fourteen years – in every sense. His people are hunted, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community despises his family, taunting him constantly. His parents keep him housebound, forbidding him from wielding sword or wand.
When he is finally allowed to attend school, the harsh truth reveals he has much to learn – including a unique magical ability. Kaylen can summon and control skeletons!
With surface-dwellers threatening war, he will need every friend he can make, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come.
Chapter 21: A magician and a snowball
The magician continued to laugh—louder now—as he turned again towards the large chunk of ice hurtling towards him. “What?” He snarled defiantly at the party. “Already run out of your best tricks, and reduced to throwing snowballs at me? And here I thought you were getting interesting…”
He started waving his wand in a small circle, slowly at first and then increasing in speed and size. As he did this, a green fire emanated from his wand and grew until it matched the shape and form of the incoming ice ball perfectly. “Oh, no!” he cried mockingly. “Here I am with nothing but a little match to fight your big, bad snowball! However shall I defend myself?”
As the ice ball began its downwards arc toward the human, he started to twirl his staff, which began to glow with an electric purple shimmer. Oraweth grimaced when she saw the purple glow, because she knew it meant he was going to cast one of his more powerful attack spells: a magical bolt that could slice through individual shields and had required all three elves to focus on a combined shield with the help of the skeletons to block it. But this combined shield took a lot of energy to create, and they were not certain they had the strength left at this point to make one that was strong enough to protect them.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Yves Robichaud is originally from the small Acadian community of Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick, Canada. He has studied Business Administration and Information Technology, currently works for the federal government, and is the proud father of one son: Jeremy. Inspired by a love of fantastical, magical tales, Kaylen’s Rising is Yves’ first attempt to share this literary passion with his son and the rest of the world.
Author Website: http://www.yvesrobichaud.com
Book Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KaylensRising