Excerpt: The Starry Rise, Chapter Three

Sabien had always been an observant man, wilful and stubborn as well, so when he stood firm in the main entrance, his shadow cutting a dark narrow slice across the marble floor, Ul wasn’t at all surprised when a few of the roughers that lingered beyond the doors urged him to run. Come away, you Read More …

Excerpt: The Starry Rise, Chapter Two

A ledge of plaster, brick, and stone jutted out where the stairs had broken away—beyond reach. The ledge seemed steady enough to hold the weight of an Elishian, if they managed to find a way up to it, but Ul couldn’t say the same for the weight of a demon. There had to be another Read More …

Excerpt: The Starry Rise, Chapter One

In the old castle buried beneath the ground, at the foot of the broken stairwell, Ulmaen lay on his side letting his body decay. He hadn’t moved in what seemed a very long time—several weeks, he was certain. He hadn’t wanted to move. If anyone possessed the curiosity to climb all the way down the Read More …

The Xiinisi Pronunciation Guide: Primary Characters & Their Worlds

Listen to Kit read this blog post… There are a number of ways to indicate how the names of people, places, and things are spoken. One example is the Key to Pronunciation system offered in dictionaries, which at times can be challenging due to their assortment of diacritics. There is also the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which Read More …

The Xiinisi Pronunciation Guide: An Introduction

Listen to Kit read this blog post… Over the past few years, when I’ve had the rare opportunity to speak directly with a reader and hear what they think of The Forgotten Gemstone, I’ve been asked several times now about pronunciation. Even my mother suggested a pronunciation guide be included in the books. I am still torn Read More …