“So you haven’t seen him?” Aurelius prodded.
“Maybe he’s hiding from you.” Giving the other man a stern look, he added, “You could have been more polite at breakfast.”
“I was!” he insisted. “For me.”
Freydolf snorted and said, “If you don’t bridle your tongue, you’ll never win the lad over.”
“I’ll bridle my tongue when you collar your pet,” Aurelius muttered. “He’d be easier to find if you kept him on a leash.”
“Have you tried behind the rimbles in the upper loggia?”
The other Pred blinked. “The what in the where?”
—excerpted from Galleries of Stone, Book 1: Meadowsweet
What the deuce is a rimbles? Since much of the Galleries of Stone trilogy is set in the Statuary, there should be little surprise that many of the characters are statues. Those who bear a master’s mark can “come to life” under the right conditions. Young Tupper Meadowsweet has two such stone guardians—one for day, one for night. He names his daytime guardian Rimbles. Continue reading FOLKS: Rimbles
Suddenly, Freydolf realized they’d run up against a rather large cultural gap. With a measure of chagrin, he asked, “Haven’t you heard of the ocean?”
Tupper’s eyes narrowed in thought. “Old Gruff sometimes talks about a place with water as wide as the plains. Ewert figures he made it up, but Farley likes the idea, so he says it’s true.”
“The ocean’s real,” Freydolf assured, wishing he could show the lad.
—excerpt from Meadowsweet, Chapter 14
Four Continents. The world in which the Galleries of Stone trilogy takes place is divided into four known continents. Each populated by various races. Each boasting three magical mountains. Continue reading PLACES: Home Continent
When Tupper Meadowsweet is first hired by the gray mountain’s Keeper, the lad has little concept of the world beyond his village. He’s never heard of oceans, let alone other continents, so he’s just as frightened as the rest of the Flox in Hayward when Freydolf strides into town. If the rumors are to be believed, the mountain’s Keeper is a monster. And with his wild hair, claws, and fangs, the Pred certainly looks the part.
A sheep in wolf’s clothing. The two most prominent species in Meadowsweet are the Flox and the Pred. During early planning for Galleries of Stone, I decided to make Freydolf an outsider, a proverbial wolf among the sheep. His name means “peaceful wolf.” Continue reading RACES: Flox & Pred