Blade of Truth

Blade of Truth by Diane Lynn McGyverby Diane Lynn McGyver

Castle Keepers Tale: Book 02 – Bronwyn Darrow

Genre: Fiction-Short Story-Fantasy

Release Date: September 28, 2013

ISBN (eBook; approximately 5,331 words): 978-1-927625-09-5

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Innocence is shattered when a young man falls victim to a horrible prank.

Youth and innocence still reside in Bronwyn Darrow. When he attends a celebration with the girl he admires most, he’s elated but extremely nervous. He hopes the night will be one they’ll never forget. Instead, he should have hoped for one easily forgotten.

If you love coming of age stories and moments that shape a person, you’ll enjoy Diane Lynn McGyver’s short story Blade of Truth. One might call it a character story or a back story. It’s both, revealing the turning point in Bronwyn Darrow’s life. It exposes the source of the pain that drives him when he meets a woman who challenges his will to remain single in Shadows in the Stone. It’s a quick, easy read and the first introduction into the world of Ath-o’Lea and the adventures that lie ahead.

Blade of Truth is the second in the Castle Keepers Tale series that will have you wondering what’s next? It will introduce you to the Darrow family and the youngest member’s dreams. Brace yourself for the ride to another time and place.

McGyver wields her pencil in a similar realm where Tolkien released his imagination. It is traditional fantasy of old with magic, legends, dragons and dwarfs.

Buy Blade of Truth today and begin your journey into the Land of Ath-o’Lea where magic and sword clash.


Once they reached the fountain, she plopped down on the garden bench and guided him to her side. He gladly sat, anxious to talk, but his mind emptied as she wrapped her fingers around his hands.

“I’m nervous, too.” Her voice sang on the evening air.

“Really?” He assumed she had dated many boys and would be experienced.

She giggled. “I like you, Bronwyn.” Looking into his eyes, she leant forward and kissed his cheek.

His heart thumped loudly, and his temperature rose. He endeavoured to return the kiss but instead bumped into her chin. Did the ale make him fumble, or was he truly awkward around girls? “Sorry.” His face flushed, and he thanked the dim evening light for concealing it from her.

She snickered. “That’s okay. Let me help.” She gripped his chin firmly and kissed his mouth. Her free hand held the front of his shirt, so he couldn’t pull away.

By the time they separated, he gasped for breath. His first kiss! It arrived so quickly he hadn’t time to think about how to hold his lips. Judging from her expression, she enjoyed the kiss. Feeling confident, he slid closer and put his arm around her shoulders.

“I was thinking.” His tongue froze, and he forced it to continue. “We should meet tomorrow for the mid-day ration. I have a little money saved. We can go to the Hot Pot.”

“Sounds great.” She hesitated. “But mum wants me to help in the garden.”

“I could help, too.” His slurred speech sounded too eager. Was it wrong to let his girl know he liked her? His girl. He liked the sound of that. “I mean, I would love to help.” He leant forward and smelt her neck. It emitted the aroma of a thousand roses.

“We’ll talk about it later.” She held his lowered head steady. “You’re not falling asleep on me, are you? Maybe you drank too much.”

He sat up straight. The ale would not ruin his first date with his girl. “No. I was smelling your neck.” He clamped his mouth shut, and his mind raced to find something intelligent to say to erase his previous words.

She giggled and directed his face into her neck. “Smell away.” She kissed the top of his head and ran her fingers through his sandy brown hair. With the other hand she fumbled with a button on his shirt.

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