Barb & J.C. live south of Portland, Oregon, and about a hour from the coast. Barb's fiction has appeared in numerous genre magazines and anthologies. JC's poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction have also appeared in many genre publications. Although they have worked together as a writing team from their earliest days, the series/phases and books of the Noble Dead saga are their first novel-length collaborations starting in 2003. Both are ex-academics with masters in English, have worked academia as well as the private sector, and have taught multiple workshops, classes, and seminars related to fiction writing inside and outside of academia.
Captives ("Homeward" Collection)by Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee
Inside the worn and crumbling stronghold, young and long-ago orphaned Julianna hides away with the
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Jan, son of Nadia and Cadell, is conscripted along with every able male in Chemestúk by one faction in a rising civil war. Soon after, another faction burns the village to the ground, leaving Jan's parents and other survivors to seek refuge in an aging keep.
Inside the worn and crumbling stronghold, young and long-ago orphaned Julianna hides away with the survivors and Jan's parents. Left to wonder if he or any others of their men will survive to return home, all she can do is help those around her.
When armed deserters come to raid the keep, Julianna is lost in how to best help Nadia and Cadell, the village elders, keep everyone alive. Soon, she faces choices and actions she never would have even considered in better days.
Meanwhile, Jan has only his wit and trickery, his charming appeal to women and his violin, all of which he has leaned upon too often in a lazy life. To his shock, he realizes these limited skills are not enough to save him as he is pressed into a forced march toward the front line of a battle.
Neither Jan nor Julianna had ever given serious thought to their feelings for each other. Now separated, they both realize they've lost someone important. How far are they willing to go and what can they live with, to stay alive and find each other again?
About "Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga"...
No knowledge of the Noble Dead Saga or related works is necessary to read and enjoy these stories. They are written for fantasy enthusiasts in general and not just our established readership. Readers new to this world can step into it through any of these short works.
Tales are organized into "collections" where all stories therein share a theme and/or premise. When one or more link together, subsequent stories will mention "sequel to..." on their covers to guide you. Even so, each is self-contained enough to be your first adventure into this world.
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Another awesome tale. It is great getting to met and learn about other people in the world of the noble dead. It really gives depth to the whole world and series. I really like Jan and his family and am glad we are able to keep following their lives.