Skylar Green is a son to a fallen father, a nephew to a widowed aunt, a friend to a refugee dwarf, a brother to orphaned boys, and a project for his sister. On Sky’s feet are well worn shoes, and his face is smeared with the dust of the mines, the trappings of poverty. Victor Hugo would have called his family Les Misérables. Like Hugo’s everlasting Val Jean, Skylar must find his way and must give all of himself to save those who are in his care.
Can a quiet life withstand the bludgeoning of chance?
The callused heart of Sky will come to serve him well as the ravens of war come to scavenge it. His mother’s body will catch some of the thousand thousands of arrows which descend on his village suddenly as they are celebrating outside around a table strung up with paper lanterns. His family will be ripped apart.
Skylar’s sister, Hannah, does not have a face for romance, but has a heart that longs for it. A love between her and a refugee dwarf, Asgar, will become broken as they are taken prisoners of war. A tale of love and revenge is ripe for the telling, but are the players up for the task? Some will hear the funeral dirge and refuse to mourn, and some will hear the wedding song and refuse to dance.
Skylar must discover the power within him and decide if each day is worth the cost or will oblivion wipe away the pain of a wearied existence.
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Jared Wendel was born in 1984 and was declared to be no one of consequence. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in English and wanted his name in the concrete sidewalk for graduating more than he wanted the degree. He is married to Alexa Wendel and is the father of two dogs who are not impressed.