Jaycee is tiring of the never-ending clashes with Trina in Student Council. An escape into Mallory is exactly what she needs. When she arrives, Lyla learns that Lady Starla has been in contact with an Eastern noble–a noble who claims to have information about Dark Blade. The quest is simple: Lyla and Roger must journey to the estate of Berasta to see whether the information is valid or yet another false lead in the search for the elusive enemy.
Except the quest turns out to be not that simple. After a near-fatal encounter. Lyla is forced to go with plan B.
Now Lyla must once again team up with Galen Lightningstaff to complete her quest. Doing so means learning a new skill: the fine art of alliance-building. A lesson that may help her in the real world and hopefully relieve the tension in the Tanner Student Council, too.
About the Author
Mary has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people's stories, for as long as she can remember. After ten years, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals, and took the jump into fiction. She writes the HERO'S SWORD middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton and finds a lot of inspiration in the lives of her own kids. A lifelong mystery fan, she also writes crime fiction, including THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS MYSTERIES, under the pen name Liz Milliron. Her short fiction has been published at Uppagus.com, Mystericale.com, and in LUCKY CHARMS: 12 CRIME TALES (December 2013). Like her LAUREL HIGHLANDS characters, Mary lives in Southwestern PA (but, unfortunately, she doesn't have a dog). She is a member of Sisters in Crime. Visit her on the web at http://marysuttonauthor.com and follow her on Twitter (@mary_sutton73).