As Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head and its Companions venture into the lands of the People of the Root, they encounter the Ninth Companion, an eccentric Alate named Bu’gan’zei who practices a strangely hypnotic type of word craft that is totally unknown to the questers. He has visited the legendary Mountain of the Glorious Root seeking a deceased friend to whom he was exceptionally devoted, but he failed in his attempt to extract her from the World Beyond. Bu’gan’zei agrees to guide Ki’shto’ba and its friends to the Mountain, where the Champion can seek resolution for its guilt and where the personal quest of Is’a’pai’a Gold-Seeker will finally begin.
After several adventures with the monsters and giants of the Mountain, as well as new prophetic pronouncements by the resident Seer, the Companions again head south. Near the fortress of Ra’ki’wiv’u they encounter the Tenth Companion, an Intercaste Warrior with her own bizarre story. In order to win her friendship, Ki’shto’ba (with the trickster Za’dut’s unsolicited assistance) must prevail over her in the Warrior Games during Ra’ki’wiv’u’s annual festival. At that same festival, Di’fa’kro’mi takes part in a Remembrancer’s competition.
This light-hearted episode is a welcome relief after the stressful events under the Mountain and soon the Companions are ready to set out for Yo’sho’zei lands, where the sea is no longer a distant dream and where Is’a’pai’a can learn its true destiny.
About the Author
A former catalogue librarian, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but has only recently begun to publish. Her main goal is to write entertaining and compelling fiction that leaves her readers with something to think about at the end of each story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What can I say without my enthusiasm inadvertently giving away the juicy bits (and there are lots of them). Za’dut (surnamed 'The Tricky Lizard') does some more inventing - and excells itself! Ki’shto’ba literally goes into Termite Hades and faces Monsters, several deceased enemies and the King of Hades. Di’fa’kro’mi keeps his audiences, including the reader, enthralled with his tales. New Companions are found. I am totally smitten by the world and characters created by Lorinda J Taylor. In my opinion, this is a epic that Homer (and other like storytellers) would thoroughly approve of and enjoy.