Title: The Sentinel’s Reign
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles Book 2
Author: Suzanne Rogerson
Release date: 29th June 2018
The new Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.
With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.
Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.
After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.
As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?
The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.
This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.
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Twenty years ago…
The little girl stopped playing with her doll and looked up at the red-haired woman standing outside the gate.
‘That’s a pretty doll.’
The girl hugged the doll tightly against her chest and stroked the flower sewn on its dress.
‘Has your doll got a name?’
Callisa sucked her lip and considered the question as she studied the woman, not sure if she should answer her.
‘I bet I can guess her name. Is it Dolly?’
Callisa giggled and shook her head, twirling her finger through the doll’s woollen black hair.
‘Is it Ebony?’
The girl shook her head again.
‘I know, it’s Raven, isn’t it?’
Callisa loosened her hold on the doll and pouted. ‘How did you know?’
‘I know a lot of things, the same as I know you’re special.’
‘Mummy says I am.’
‘Your mummy’s right.’ The woman smiled and rubbed her belly.
‘You have a big belly,’ Callisa said and then watched the woman, worried she would get angry.
Instead the red-haired woman laughed. The sound was musical and her eyes crinkled up at the corners. ‘That’s my baby. I’m going to have a little girl.’
Callisa tilted her head to the side and studied the woman’s belly before closing her eyes and concentrating hard. ‘I can hear her heart beating.’
The woman nodded. ‘Come and say hello to Tei.’
Callisa got to her feet and approached the gate, her doll discarded in the dirt. She reached out and pressed her hand to the woman’s warm belly. ‘The baby moved.’
‘She’s saying hello to you.’
Callisa kept her hand on the baby, feeling a foot kick against her.
‘You’re going to be friends one day.’
‘Oh yes, but not for a long time. Now I need to tell you something important, Callisa. Something only you and your mummy and daddy can know.’
‘A secret?’ She looked up at the woman, having to squint as a shaft of sunlight blinded her. ‘I like secrets.’
‘You have an important job to do, Callisa. One day Kalaya will need your help.’
‘The island is my friend.’
‘The island is a friend to all of us, but not everyone understands its magic.’
‘Mummy and Daddy don’t see it.’
‘But they know you do and that’s what matters. They’ll keep you safe here, safe from everyone.’
‘Mummy said a spirit visited her the day I was born and told her I was a child of magic.’
The woman ran her hand down Callisa’s black hair. ‘The spirit was right. You’re a precious child, and they can’t have you until it’s time.’
The woman’s eyes filled with tears, but she smiled them away.
‘Why are you sad?’
‘I’m not sad, I’m happy.’ She took hold of Callisa’s hand. ‘I know you and Tei will save the magic.’
‘People don’t like magic.’
The woman nodded, her long red hair drifting around her shoulders in the breeze. ‘But it won’t be like that forever. Until then, you have to be very careful who you trust.’
Her skin had gone pale and she gripped Callisa’s hand tightly. Callisa tried to pull away, but the woman held her as she gazed at the treeline.
The woman relaxed her hold and smiled away the fear fluttering in Callisa’s chest.
She tried to be brave and chewed at her nail, still a little bit scared by the woman’s words.
‘Tei will come for you and keep you safe, I promise.’ She brushed a lock of hair behind Callisa’s ear and winked at her. ‘You’ll both grow up to be special young women.’
The baby kicked again and the woman smiled down at her bump. ‘See, Tei’s agreeing with me.’
‘Callisa, come inside and wash your hands. It’s dinner time,’ her mother called from inside the house.
‘I have to go.’ Callisa put her hand to the spot where the baby had kicked and felt the tiny push of a foot. ‘Goodbye, Tei. See you again one day.’
She waved to the red-haired woman and dashed towards the cottage. When she reached the doorway, she stopped and turned back. The woman was still watching her, with her hand resting on her belly.
Callisa ran back to her, swooping up the doll as she passed. ‘This is for Tei.’
The woman hugged the doll to her chest. ‘Goodbye, Callisa.’
Callisa waved and ran inside without looking back.
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.