Samuel E. Green
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The Shattered Orb (Vagrant Souls - Book 1)
Novel sample. For a thousand years, the orb held evil at bay. . . . . .then someone shattered it. Hiroc is an orphan disdained by Indham's people. A turn of fate brings him into the Holy Order as an acolyte, winning the people's trust. But on the day he's to make a sacrifice, he finds the altar defiled and its guards impaled. A battle against a cloaked stranger ends with Hiroc summoning fire from the sky, thus ending his life as an acolyte forever. Commanded by the high priest to keep the news of the shattered orb and his newfound gift a secret, Hiroc is ensnared in a web of treachery and deceit that might just be the end of him and the land itself. Can he save the people who once hated him? Or will the taint of sorcery prove too difficult for one young man to overcome?