Pursuing his dwarfen master training, Torto travels by canoe to the province of Lucania while Lyle remains at the farm of Dale and Mary Conner north of Feladora to complete his schooling at Long Bluff School. Arriving at a sandbar in the River Sybaris, Torto meets a solitary individual who guides him away from the District Sea and into a test of his stamina.
Torto meets Trader Jack Oldman and Pat, his wife of forty years. Guided through the Lucanian town of Leatherwood, Torto learns about the hostile native factions and the mysterious character known as Child Alone.
In the meantime Lyle completed his schooling and experienced trouble finding employment. Taking a summer job at the Kewadin Swim Club, Lyle meets Toby Lennon and together they share work experiences at the club. Seeking steady employment Lyle turns to a member of the District council for a job referral. Disturbed by a work supervisor’s comments, Lyle angrily bolts from the building and encounters his friend, Toby. Offered a job on a three man surveying team leaving Feladora for Lucania, Lyle jumps at the job offer and tells his school friend, Anna Europea, of his departure plans.
Betrayed and taken hostage in Lucania, Lyle and the other members of the survey crew await rescue. Torto completes his first year of training with Owen Nightingale and experiences the joy and excitement at the rendezvous in the Eel River Valley northwest of Leatherwood. Once Torto learns that Lyle has been taken hostage, he proposes a daring rescue attempt and gains Owen’s support. Joined by five other dwarfen masters, the party rides to Solaca-tuatu (Eastern Redoubt) to solicit the cooperation and aid from Duchess Louisa Marrone, a powerful leader among the Eastern Elean Faction.
Duchess Marrone conferred with Torto and accepted his rescue proposal. Naming her daughter Lady Felicia as her representative to join the rescue party, the duchess dispatched the riders to commence the search for the missing survey team. Meantime, through treachery Duke Soresco, the leader of the Western Elean Faction, has reported to District officials that the survey team is being held by the Eastern Faction. He demands that the duchess consent to a marriage between Lady Felicia and the duke.
Events transpire quickly and result in a dramatic showdown at T-Lac-tuatu (Western Redoubt) between Duchess Marrone and Duke Soresco. Betrayal, dedicaton, compassion, mystery, an ancient terror, bravery, misrepresentation, murder and rescue weave through this tale, the fourth in The Adventures of Torto fanatasy adventure series by master Hoosier storyteller, Robert Spahr.
© 2009 by Robert Spahr
|Publisher:||Europea & Jetour, Inc.|
|Series:||The Adventures of Torto , #2|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
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About the Author
School, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School. A lawyer living in Peru, Indiana for the past 33 years, Mr. Spahr is a grandfather, avid blogger, reader of history, cookie baker, storyteller and Circuit Courtjudge. The father of four children, he resides with his wife, Nancy. In 2006 Mr. Spahr completed his first book in the series, The Adventures of Torto - For Heroes Proved. In 2007 he completed two more books in the series - Honor to the Brave - and a prequel - Allegiance Pledged. In 2009 Mr. Spahr completed the fourth book in the series, Conceived in Liberty. In 2010 Mr. Spahr started writing Alabaster City Flawed - The Memoirs of Sir George William Europea. He completed Part One: The Awakening
in 2010 and Part Two: The Collapse in 2011. Mr. Spahr completed Part Three: The Resurrection in 2012. The author receives email at .
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