The Grenling Abduction
by Richard Dalglish
In Skunnik, the provincial capital of the Acrinite Province, Captain Jarn Theffig of the Vothan Riders is ordered to find a young woman who has been abducted. Suspects are many, but clues are few, so Jarn coerces the sorceress Astil to help him find the victim. Astil is the finest tracker in the known world, but she’s also a master criminal who has often been at odds with the Vothan Riders. Astil is only one of the problems plaguing the case. The Acrinite Province, where Jarn and his Riders try to keep the peace, was enemy territory only a year before, when the Voths reclaimed land that was rightfully theirs. Ever since the takeover, rebels have been murdering Acrinite collaborators and plotting against the hated Voths. Jarn must also depend on the remnants of the Acrinite Guard, soldiers known as Yellowshirts, who for a thousand years were the sworn adversaries of the Vothan Riders. Adding more political intrigue, a treaty with a neighboring realm depends on the outcome of Jarn’s investigation.
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Richard Dalglish is a novelist and freelance editor and writer living in Yardley, Pennsylvania. He edits all the fiction for a small e-book publisher and has also written stories for two of the publisher’s series, a space opera and a young adult fantasy series. Richard is the former managing editor of Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK), a business magazine that covers the U.S. fine-jewelry industry. He also served as managing editor for JCK’s sister publications, including JCK Luxury, JCK Style, Trends, New York Diamonds, Diamond World Review, High-Volume Jeweler, Vista Joyera, Facets, and the trade show publication The JCK Show Daily.
Richard’s nonfiction articles have appeared in JCK, Lancaster County Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, and the trade fair publication Baselworld Selections: Stones and Pearls. He has a degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.