Monday, 31 December 2012

The Second Realm Season 2: Children of the Wild

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Latest episode:

Pevan's desperate plan to rescue her brother from the Separatists has succeeded, but at high cost. Now alienated from both First and Second Realms, the Gifteds' only hope is to free Taslin, held prisoner in the human town of Ilbertin. But Ilbertin has its own Gifted defenders, and if it comes to a fight, Pevan and Rel will be outlawed forever.

Previous episodes:

Episode 5.3: Show Me the Way to Go Home (or at Smashwords - now free)

Against all the odds, Pevan's rescue has succeeded in recovering Rel and Atla from the Separatists' captivity. With the Second Realm in chaos, though, it falls to Atla to Guide them back to safety. Surrounded by feral Wildren and hounded by Separatists, still shaken from his earlier failures, Atla must step up to the level of full Gifted, or the whole First Realm will be at the Separatists' mercy.

Episode 5.2: Dragon Fly (or at Smashwords - now free)

Rel is in the hands of the Separatists. Pevan has committed herself to rescuing him, in spite of orders not to. With only Chag to help her, she must make her way through the treacherous Second Realm to the Separatists' lair and find some way to defeat its powerful guards on their home ground.

The Separatists have abducted Taslin from the heart of the Gift-Givers' fortress. Pevan is sceptical of Rel's rash plan to get her back, but she only has Chag to back her up. And Chag confesses to a whole new crime: giving the Separatists the ability to read the future. Pevan will have to choose whether to give the thief a second chance, or write off Taslin for dead.

Episode 4.6: We Have to Go Deeper (or at Smashwords - now free)

Rel's trial is over. The Gift-Givers have forgiven his part in the disaster at Vessit. But the trial's aftermath brings revelations which will send Rel and Pevan into the secret depths of the Court, places so dangerous that even their closest allies among the Children of the Wild might kill them instantly and without warning.

Episode 4.5: The Only Thing We Know is That We Know Nothing (or at Smashwords - now free)

The Separatists have breached the Court of the Gift-Givers and disrupted Rel's trial, but Pevan still doesn't trust them - and she definitely doesn't believe they're there to help her. At Chag's insistence, a private meeting is called, but the confrontation may call Chag's loyalties into question too.

Episode 4.4: Catch Me When I Fall (or at Smashwords - now free)

Pevan's rescue mission finally arrives at the Court of the Children of the Wild, where the Gift-Givers are about to put Rel on trial for almost destroying the First Realm. Chag, distracted by the mixed messages Pevan's sending him, needs Rel to stay true to their Separatist masters, but the Clearseer may have other ideas, and Taslin is determined to see Chag face his own reckoning.

Episode 4.3: Did You Never Dream of Flying? (or at Smashwords - now free)

Atla's training was far from complete when he was recruited by Pevan to help her rescue her brother. Now he's got to find a safe route through the Second Realm to the Court of the Children of the Wild, and along for the trip is Chag Van Raighan, still the most wanted man in the First Realm.

Episode 4.2: The Sins of the Brother (or at Smashwords - now free)

To the people of Vessit, Pevan's brother is a pariah, responsible for the Realmquake that ruined their town. Dozens are dead, hundreds injured, but Rel is the only one who might have an idea what happened. To find him, Pevan will have to face the hostility of the townsfolk and somehow recruit a Guide for a journey to the Second Realm...

Episode 4.1: Through the Fire and Flames (or at Smashwords - now free)

Rel's actions at Vessit created a catastrophe that trapped Dora in the Abyss, left Keshnu comatose, and shook the entire First Realm. Now, to make amends, he must journey to the Court of the Children of the Wild, deep in the Second Realm. Taslin, the Wilder who was Dora's closest friend and Keshnu's foremost student, is his only guide. And the Sherim that they must cross to leave the First Realm behind has been damaged beyond recognition in the Realmquake...

You can read these episodes (plus the whole of Season 1) for free here on the blog, or you can download them in all major ebook formats from Smashwords. Enjoy!

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