The Witches of Crannock Dale
Mara of the League Book 1
by Thomas M. Kane
When an enemy army threatens eleven-year old Mara’s home, she makes up her mind to save her family, one way or another. But when the knights protecting her village arrest her favorite aunt for witchcraft, she discovers that the difference between friend and foe may not be as obvious as she once thought.
This is a story of war and espionage, set in a low fantasy world. It is also about a child getting to know her mother and father in a new way.
Mamma herded me to my bedroom. “You go in and close the door.” She looked down the corridor toward the parlor and then back at me. “We are not finished here, do you understand? We are going to talk about this later, and when your father comes back, we are talking about it with him too. Do you understand me?” I nodded, and Mamma went back to the parlor. Once she was gone, I went in and closed the door, just as I’d been bid. Then I saw something which made me feel as if my heart was going to stop. My cat Maxwell had found the secret letter. He lay on his back on my desk, chomping it, using his forepaws to keep the crescent-shaped remains in front of his mouth as if he were eating a slice of melon. The room was quiet, but I felt as if I could hear a waterfall roaring in my head. Maxwell had gotten me in a lot of trouble, but it’s no use scolding a cat, so I picked him up, cradled him against my chest and rocked him. “Maxie, Maxie, Maxie, I wish you hadn’t done that. Now people are going to get killed.” Maxwell put his chin on my shoulder and purred.
Thomas M. Kane is a fantasy author living high on a wooded hilltop. He taught international relations at a British university for close to twenty years and brings his insights concerning real-life war and politics into his fiction. He takes a character-based approach to writing, paying attention to his protagonists' personal relationships and inner lives.
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