Five Gems Book 1
by E. Kaiser Writes
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
On her first visit to the palace, sixteen-year-old Fia stumbles upon a court intrigue. To keep the secret safe, the Chancellor sends her off as apprentice to a famous, reclusive, mountain jeweler…
…And straight into adventure.
Discovering gems with deep secrets and new friends with the same, Fia learns a whole lot more than just making jewelry: when to trust a stranger, and when not to, why not to try stealing from gem thieves; what heroism is; what royalty ought to be; and that the mountains themselves can sometimes be the greatest danger of all.
Is the legend of the Sunlight Stone true?
Will peace ever come to the war-torn neighboring kingdom?
And what is the stable boy hiding…?
Swiftly she wove through the arbors toward the spot where she thought she had glimpsed something. The closer she got the less sinister everything looked. She let her shoulders relax. She’d been letting the night and new surroundings get to her.
Perhaps it had been merely some gardener’s boy coming back from a nearly unremembered duty. Or had it been sheer imagination alone?
That would be enough to account for a great deal, right there.
Suddenly her heart stopped, and she stared fixedly at the space between the arbors. It hadn’t been a shadow this time, nor could it even remotely be construed a gardener’s boy. It was a man, clothed in dark garments, a black scarf of flimsy material hiding most of his face. His gait was purposefully soundless, and the intensity in his movements made her blood chill.
Five Gems Book 2
Secrets. Sabotage. Murder. With Olayin House temporarily turned into a weapons factory, Fia is confronted with the care of three refugee children, an ill-timed visitor, a perplexingly brash messenger that she isn’t quite sure what to think of, all while trying to keep her friend’s secrets safe. But when dangerous accidents start to happen, the young apprentice begins to tread a fine line of suspicion. Are saboteurs out to nix the weapons works… and is the incognito crown prince in mortal peril? Winter in the mountain house isn’t as cozy as her apprenticeship was expected to be.
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“Ah, a new friend, Fia?”
She turned to face the newcomer, and Ilido dropped his arm from her shoulder. Why was it she felt her cheeks seemed warmer than usual.
“Yes, as a matter of fact, an old one.”
Willex looked Ilido up and down as if judging a horse’s age.
“Not too old of one, I take it.” he jibed.
“Older than you think, perhaps.” Ilido said softly, and there was a certain look in his eye that made Fia uncomfortable.
“Willex, this is Ilido. You must need a cup of warm cider, your hands must be freezing.” She turned toward the stove, she immediately had a vision of the two young men standing there glowering at one another. Or even worse, saying something prickly.
The mood between the two was decidedly prickly.
Five Gems Book 3
With her wealth of loyalist secrets, Fia’s position at Olayin House is compromised. Now a potential danger to two countries, she is made a ward of the king and sent away yet again; this time into the grassland kingdom of Erlandia, but her journey amongst the horse folk takes unexpected turns.
Trapped under siege, she faces two men from her past… one she fears might murder her, and the other may die of plague unless she wins the battle for his life.
And with the Sunlight Stone traded for troops, how long will Erlandia’s peace last?
“Bravo!” Siransa cheered and the whole section of the fence clapped their hands and sent shrill whistles in acknowledgment of a master hand and three fine horses.
“That’s one of our lads.” Siransa nodded proudly at the galloping set, racing back to the other end of the arena.
“One of yours?” Fia turned her head, trying to catch everything at once.
“Well, not mine, personally…” Siransa stuttered a bit and ducked her head, and Fia wondered if her new friend wouldn’t have liked very much to have that dashing rider be “her’s, personally.”
“Our local lads.” Siransa clarified and turned away a little too sharply, her chin held a trifle too strict in the air.
Kaiser Writes was born into a family of readers, and got started on storytelling around the age of four when her older siblings prompted her into recounting an absolutely ridiculous account of a parallel childhood. It was good for the family’s general entertainment, and she discovered the thrill of making people laugh.
At the age of seven her mother read the Hobbit aloud, and a fascination with beautiful fantasy was born. At nine she came to the decision that she wanted to be a writer, and set to reading rabidly to learn the art. At thirteen she attempted her first novel, and it was eaten in a computer’s demise.
Afterward, during her teenage years she tried very hard at various times to stop writing all together.
Not succeeding, she at last gave in to her addiction, and wrote “for fun”.
Her first novel, Jeweler’s Apprentice, is a light-fantasy adventure for teens. The shy, bookish heroine is thrust out on the first step toward the adventure that awaits, and growing up. More books in this series are expected.
What inspired you to write this book?
First credit needs to go to Nebraska, Montana, and Wyoming, as well as a small slice of the Dakotas. These various grassy regions are the foundation of my first-hand understanding of plains culture. Growing up a-horseback in these areas gave me unprecedented insight on such a society, and I loved the chance to infuse some of the aspects of my childhood into the Erlandian culture. I didn’t get to share nearly enough, because the plot must move on, but I hope the subtle details bring across a richness that can be found in reality.
Secondly, gratitude needs to be extended to the Hungarian horses, their little known importation into the western states for cavalry mounts toward the end of the horseback era, and the information their presence brought into my teen life. I would never have been as impacted by the Magyar culture and the geographical similarities between the American and European grasslands without the tale of the dedicated Hungarian horseman who came to Nebraska and watched the horses he’d helped send over here… as they galloped up the grassy rise he wept unashamed, because it reminded him so forcibly of home. (Which was gravely impacted by WWI & II.)
(There’s a movie that touches briefly on this, and it’s got the same actor as Alec from the Black Stallion in a role! Super fun, any horse-film fan should definitely watch it. “Brady’s Escape” or sometimes “The Long Ride”. https://www.amazon.com/Bradys-Escape-John-Savage/dp/B000CQRAMS)
I channeled a mixture of all this into the Erlandian adventure, as well as mixing in an extra dash of the eternal flamboyance and confidence which horse riders everywhere are inclined to exhibit.
I am grateful to have grown up immersed in that. It made me a braver soul.
I think it makes Fia a braver soul, too.
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