Novella-length tale as told in the novel "Song of the Ice Lord"
Laerzinan: a city where art and beauty are revered. The highlight of the social calendar is the annual contest, and to compete in it against the great craftsman Imlan is the highest honour to which the merchant craftsmen can aspire.
Imlan has already caused outrage by choosing a nobody as his opponent this year. Ghiblin, the toymaker from the town square must take on three challenges to invent new and cunning artefacts. He only has a limited amount of time for each one, but who is the talented young lady with the scar that Imlan has sent to help him? And together, can they beat Imlan at his own game?
They are about to find out....
A short festive story set some years before the On Dark Shores series.
Nereia, all of seven years old, is very excited. Preparations are underway for the celebrations in the gracious house on the cliff top, and her Mama and Papa have told her that this year for the first time she will be allowed to take part in the Yuletide ceremony - but there is mystery in the air...
Papa is away, and Mama is watching for every carriage that passes. Something is afoot... Nereia sets herself to find out what - or who - is the surprise that her father has promised her.
Greta lives with her grandfather in a cabin in the mountains. The winter is harsh and they are running short of wood. Their handsome neighbour Matthias would help - but he is still trying to get back from the town.
Greta and her grandfather must venture out into the snow to cut more wood or freeze to death, but when disaster strikes, who can help them? Will she ever see Matthias again?
And what is the significance of the little sprig of holly?
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The sequel, The Holly & The Ivy is due for release on 21st August 2017 at all major retailers.
A short story from the world of the "On Dark Shores" fantasy series.
Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship's captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.