Heart of Fire: From the Ashes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Fifteenth century England is the last place anyone would expect to encounter beings from the very depths of Greek myth and legend. Yet, when Gwen is attacked by a creature that hasn’t roamed the Earth for nigh on two millennia, she learns that the Old World is beginning to stir.

Slowly, magic is seeping back into the land, monsters are breaking free of their eons old chains and the gods are waking up. But in a time when magic and those who practice it are feared and hunted above all others, Gwen has stepped into a world where her life is now permanently at risk.

Even while she battles to keep her secret safe, there burns a darker one at the heart of this reawakened civilisation. One that could save or consume the world...

[Greek phrases obtained from: http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/UAGP.html]

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From the Ashes: Prologue

Submitted: April 19, 2010

Within the core of every heart lies a spark waiting to be kindled...

Fifteenth century England is the last place anyone would expect to encounter beings from the very depths of Greek myth and legend. Yet, when Gwen is attacked by a creature that hasn’t roamed the Earth for nigh on two millennia, she learns that the Old World is beginning to stir.

Slowly, magic is seeping back into the land, monsters are breaking free of their eons old chains and the gods are starting to wake up. But in a time when magic and those who practice it are feared and hunted above all others, has Gwen stepped into a world where her life is now permanently at risk?

Even while she battles to keep her secret safe, there burns a darker one at the heart of this reawakened civilisation. One that could save or consume the world...

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From the Ashes: Chapter One

Submitted: April 21, 2010

September, 1402 Third Year of the Reign of King Henry IV Gwen stood perfectly still, barely daring to breathe. Not ten feet fr... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Two

Submitted: April 23, 2010

“…ê ou soi dokei’? Tês tu’khês... Pou? Pa’nu men oun...” The words drifted to Gwen as though from a great distanc... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Three

Submitted: April 25, 2010

April, 1405 Sixth Year of the Reign of King Henry IV The sharp tolling of the Angelus bell roused Gwen from her troubled sleep... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Four

Submitted: April 27, 2010

Gwen ducked beneath the blow aimed at her head and used her momentum to bring her fist crashing into the soldier’s stomach, driv... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Five

Submitted: April 29, 2010

Night had fallen across the world like a velvet drape, billions of stars sewn into its immeasurable surface. They each shone with ... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Six

Submitted: May 01, 2010

It is said that within the core of every heart lies a spark waiting to be kindled. It smoulders, buried deep inside the everlastin... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Seven

Submitted: May 03, 2010

Gwen knelt by the river’s edge and cupped its clear water in her hands, drinking deeply before allowing the remnants to cascade ... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Eight

Submitted: May 05, 2010

“Adras, where are we going?” Gwen asked for the third time, trudging wearily behind him. “You’ll see,” he threw over h... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Nine

Submitted: May 11, 2010

The low-lying Fenlands stretched for as far as the eye could see, a patchwork of yellow-green grasses and brown mere water, all un... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Ten

Submitted: May 11, 2010

When Gwen woke the next morning, she half expected to find Leofwin missing. She’d been so fatigued the night before that she’d ... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Eleven

Submitted: May 11, 2010

Gwen blinked, her eyelids fluttering like a hummingbird’s wings, trying to bring the world into focus. The ground tilted ominous... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Twelve

Submitted: May 13, 2010

Olympus appears all the more desolate when I return, if that is even feasible. It seems as though I would have better fortunes fin... Read Chapter

From the Ashes: Chapter Thirteen

Submitted: May 15, 2010

The steady thud of hammers on wood and the echo of distant shouts drifted to Sybilla’s ears. For the past two hours, sounds of c... Read Chapter

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