In the seventh book of the Byways series, Ganix lands in a mess of trouble when he decides an enslaved magician needs a friend. Our scampish hero takes his usual talent for mischief to a whole new level—jailbreaks, manhunts, and a secret organization. Across the Line introduces readers to Hurlock, who’s featured in the cover illustration.
Off to one side, on a stage of some kind, Ganix saw another man with dark skin like Luke’s. His hair was twisted into thick ropes, and his black and orange cape looked like bird’s wings.
“What’s going on?” asked Ganix.
“A show. That’s Hurlock. He’s famous around here because of his magic.” Luke shook his head. “It’s sad.”
While Ganix watched, purple fire bloomed in the magician’s bare hands, and he sent it whirling over his head. The flames turned into a dragon that twisted through the air. Shoppers stopped to stare. Some clapped. And a few tossed coins into a basket at the edge of the stage. Hurlock thanked them with a gentle smile.
“Sad? He’s amazing!”
“He is. But purple fire means a sad day for Hurlock. Can you see his feet?”
Standing up to get a better look, Ganix asked, “Are those chains?”
“Yes. Hurlock is a slave.” Luke gave the reins a flip, and they rolled on.
Ganix sat down hard. “I thought everyone in Liberty was free.”
The courier’s expression was a mix of sad and angry. “Almost everyone.”
—Byways Book #7, Across the Line: A Ganix Johns Adventure
Here’s what’s behind the header on the cover of Byways Book #7, Across the Line: A Ganix Johns Adventure.
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