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The Blackfeather Chronicles are set in the equivalent of the Victorian era of Shandor, and tell the adventures of the Blackfeathers, an unusual family of archeologists, and their friends. The rich history of the world has resulted in some relics of the past being considerably less dead than others. These stories are published and archived on this website and update weekly. Paperback and ebook versions are or will be available of each in time.

Chapter One–The Remarkable Professor Sheridan

“The train is stopping.  I think we’re here,” Jon Gardner told his brother Tam. Tam leaned over to join Jon in peering out the compartment window at the gray, misty view outside.  The train gave out a loud hoot and … Continue reading

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Chapter Two–A Daring Theft and a Most Mysterious Apparition

The grand terminal at Merigvon could be seen from some distance, gleaming amid the city’s spires. The great glass roof seemed to slide arching over them like a glittering clamshell as the train pulled slowly in. Other trains passed quite … Continue reading

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Chapter Three–An Unexpected Passenger

The Professor and his charges boarded their new train without further incident.  It was bigger than the last train, painted green, with brown upholstered bench seats in little walled compartments. A hallway beside the compartments ran the length of the … Continue reading

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Chapter Four–Introducing the Blackfeather Family

Jon told the Professor and Tam about seeing the pickpocket on the train but did not mention seeing the great black wing.  He didn’t want the Professor to think he was telling stories, and Jon was unsure himself of just … Continue reading

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Chapter Five–The Discovery of the Guardians’ Door

“Father’s gone on business for the moment,” Djaren said, opening the carriage door for his mother. “He’ll be home quite soon, I imagine.”  Hellin Blackfeather picked her small daughter up nimbly and set her in the carriage.  Ellea bore this … Continue reading

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Chapter Six–The Return of Doctor Blackfeather

“My word, Jon, I think you are correct,” the Professor said.  “It’s a sealed tomb passage, if I am not mistaken.”  The Professor pointed to a line of carved symbols.  “What do you think of this?” Jon peered up at … Continue reading

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Chapter Seven–Thieves in the Night

Hellin looked in on Jon later after he and Tam had washed up and dressed.  She insisted on re-applying wet towels to Jon’s head and neck, and giving them both a salve for sunburn.  “You’ll soon be healthy and brown … Continue reading

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Chapter Eight–What Amazing Events Can Transpire in Half an Hour

The next day nearly all the children had excuses for why they wanted to go into town.  Hellin regarded them at breakfast with an amused but cynical eye.  “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were all plotting something.” … Continue reading

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Chapter Nine–A Rooftop Chase and a Grim Revelation

Kara dashed around one corner and another, mentally cursing her terrible luck.  The boy behind her was not losing ground.  His nice clothes were quite dust covered and his hair was coming loose, but he was not giving up.  Kara … Continue reading

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Chapter Ten–A Marvelous Secret Revealed

Jon was having trouble sleeping again.  There was a lantern lit in the sitting room, where Hellin’s shadow was visible as she sat waiting up for Doctor Blackfeather to return.  Jon could see her silhouette clearly though his tent wall … Continue reading

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