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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 Eleven–Into the Tomb

Kara sat in the dirtiest, darkest tavern in the village of Alarna, surrounded by unhappy thieves. “This is not good,” Negal said, laying a nearly empty purse down on the table they shared.  “These strangers are not good men.” “Good … Continue reading

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Chapter Twelve–What Was Found on the Warrior’s Grave

Jon heard Kara’s voice echo down the passageway as dust settled around them.  A rock had fallen and rolled not far from Tam’s feet.  Jon shivered and looked at the others. “She’s alive.”  Djaren smiled.  “That’s good.” Ellea was still … Continue reading

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Chapter Thirteen–Against a Terrible Foe

“I said we need you to move, Jon,” Tam was saying, standing beside Jon.  Jon obeyed uncertainly, still staring at the mark on his hand.  Tam and Djaren pulled as hard as they could on the lid of the coffin.  … Continue reading

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Chapter Fourteen–Concerning Gifts and Legacies

“I’m confused,” Tam said, staring about him.  Jon gripped his brother’s hand in his unmarked one and stared at the mess around them. Hellin Blackfeather leapt down into the corridor, where Doctor Blackfeather caught her with practiced ease and set … Continue reading

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Chapter Fifteen–A Few Words in Parting

Kara stayed for dinner and resisted the temptation to pocket any more of the interesting trinkets that passed before her.  She refrained from commenting that the food was too bland, and she didn’t stare at the scar-faced man’s scars or … Continue reading

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Chapter One–The Adventure on Board the Train

Kara gripped the ladder rungs and clambered swiftly up to her favorite place atop the moving train.  There was a breathless instant as she moved from the steel rungs to the smooth roof surface, and a windy scramble for a … Continue reading

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Chapter Two–An Encounter with a Charming Stranger

Anna Darvin dipped her brush into a pool of cadmium red, dabbed a few roses onto some loosely set up bushes, and frowned, looking up to compare her painting against the view of the Archeological Society gardens.  There was a … Continue reading

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Chapter Three–A Most Unpleasant Artifact

Ellea knew more about her father’s odd talents than he guessed.  She knew about his wings, of course, and the old sword he had taken with him, and that he had gone looking not for history, but for one artifact … Continue reading

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Chapter Four–What Came of a Day’s Excursions

The library of the International Archeological Society was a large and imposing marble edifice attached to several other buildings very like it that housed artifacts and curiosities.  It opened onto a street featuring theaters, art museums and galleries, and the … Continue reading

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Chapter Five–Dangerous Rubbish

Kara crept silently along a marble hallway, laden with a very full bag. The gilded cabinet had contained more than she’d imagined—folders of papers, and lots of small, breakable objects. Kara suspected the lady didn’t want the fragile things broken, … Continue reading

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