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A tale of intruige
on 24 November 2002
This is the begining of the story of Firekeeper, a girl who has been brought up by wolves since the destruction of the human habitation established by a prince of the neighboring kingdom. When the old king is aging, and with no direct descendant, a party goes off to find the town which established by the prince, which has long ago been destroyed. When all that the party finds is a young girl, the leader of the group, Earl Kestral declares her to be Lady Blysse, the daughter of the prince, and brings her back to one of his castles to learn how to act like a human. (She has been brought up by wolves, and has forgotten how to communicate and act among humans. One of the wolves, Blind Seer (so called because of his blue eyes) comes with her, and after initailly hiding in the woods for his protection, joins Firekeeper (the name given her by the wolves) indoors. These two with the help of a peregrin and a young man named Derian, who is trying to raise his fortunes and those of his family, but who genuinly likes his charge, and tries to protect her by explaining human ways, and intricacies of court; come to the court of the king as the adopted daughter of Earl Kestral. This gives her a place at court without the old king declaring her to be his heir, but also with that option left open.
The king has some greedy relatives waitng for him to drop off, and leave the ruling of the kingdom (and all the wealth and power) to one of them. Firekeeper must learn who she can trust and when, and how to deal with all of the shifting alliances being formed around her.
This is a nice piece of writing, which you want to continue. The tale of Firekeeper is written in sucha way that you are allowed to know more than any of the characters, but since they don't know, the plot is kept in suspence. There is a great deal of intriuge, which Firekeeper sees from a unique perspective, brought up in a world of those who are strongest rule. She doesn't understand the politics always, but she understands that she needs to find a way to survive, without comprimising herself.