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The Tembelaka Voyage is the third book in the Blackfeather Chronicles. This story involves ships, bird poachers, the dangers of putting Djaren in a classroom, wicked artists, and sentient landforms.

Chapter One — How the Sea Sent Warning

Jon Gardner tried not to fidget with excitement. All the windows in the lecture hall were open, and warm spring air blew in, carrying the sounds of the river rapids below, and the smells of orchards and farmland to the … Continue reading

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Chapter Two — The Wave and its Consequences

Kara discovered that, as expected, she didn’t like ships. This was one of the worst ships that had ever been hammered together. No wonder it had been sent as far from its cursed builders as possible, to live in this … Continue reading

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Chapter Three — Orders from the Queen

Djaren got up from the table without asking, leaving his model wave to melt down onto his toast while the others ate in subdued curiosity. Djaren had never found his curiosity very subdue-able, and since he hadn’t been expressly forbidden … Continue reading

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Chapter Four — On the Land’s Wings

As much as Kara disliked boats, being out in the ocean without one was worse. Clothes wet with salt water were heavy, and itched, and she was very thirsty. Everything in the world except water and sky was gone, and … Continue reading

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Chapter Five — Across the Western Ocean

Jon was learning so much this voyage, and not just the things he’d expected to learn on a ship—sails and ropes, and the winds, and the funny ways that boats moved. Every day a little group gathered to compare notes … Continue reading

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Chapter Six — The Mysteries of the Night Crew

“They say some of the fastest tea clippers make fourteen knots,” Djaren observed, sitting on the deck with Kara, watching Tam and the off-duty crew trying to drop nets. Djaren didn’t see Kara much these days, since he was busy … Continue reading

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Chapter Seven — The Forbidden Isle of Tuwa

Kara watched as people hurried to get supplies ready for landfall—several barrels of the precious fresh water, a lot of tools, and three tents. Professor Sheridan put tins of food in crates, and Djaren hefted a hatchet. “We could probably … Continue reading

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Chapter Eight — The Island’s Birds

Morning surprised Jon, coming as sudden as night had, flooding his tent with amazing light that transformed everything it touched into something alive and miraculous. Also, it was hot. The tree cover had sheltered their tents from afternoon sun, but … Continue reading

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Chapter Nine — Paradise Is Ended

Kara had gotten past her falling-out with the ocean. It made up for the giant waves and cold, thunderous vastness by being wonderfully warm now, and by letting its bright shallows be ruthlessly plundered for Kara’s gain. She loved diving. … Continue reading

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Chapter Ten — All Are Washed to New Shores

For a long while it was hard for Jon to tell waking from dreaming, clinging to cold hands and rough plank, terrified of losing the Professor or Tam. The first time he opened his stinging eyes it was dark, and … Continue reading

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