The Thief’s Relic
(Son of Avaria #1)
By Angela Knotts Morse
Young Adult, Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 394 Pages
December 4, 2021 by An Encouraging Thought Publishers
Eamonn never wanted to be a thief.
So when a risky mission goes awry and he receives the chance of a lifetime, he leaves behind everything, even his newfound family in the Thieves’ Guild, to pursue an apprenticeship as an honest merchant.
Traveling the country means he sees and hears everything. Civil unrest, rebellions against the monarchies, and rumors of a usurper bent on uniting the provinces under himself with a mythical form of magic. Few suspect he’s not chasing a dead end, including village girl Leyna, a believer in the magic of ancient histories. Eamonn’s skeptical heart is also swayed once he finds himself the tyrant’s target, unknowingly possessing the key to harness the dangerous power.
To protect it, Eamonn’s only choice is to flee. But now that it’s the mission of his former brothers in the Guild to hunt him down, keeping magic out of their hands might be harder than either Leyna or Eamonn thought possible. If they fall, though, their world does too.
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About the Author
has been writing since the fourth grade when a teacher wrote an encouraging note on one of her assignments. The note read, “I would not be surprised if I go to the library one day and pick up a book by Angela Knotts!” That simple note lit a fire within Angela and she developed a passion for writing stories. Though she has dabbled in a few genres, Angela’s favorite to write is Fantasy. Her audience is typically New Adult (NA) or sometimes Young Adult (YA), depending on the age and maturity of her characters and intended readers. Angela currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and cat.
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The footsteps began again, one slow step, then another. Whoever had come strolled leisurely around the perimeter of the courtyard. Out of the corner of his nearly closed eyes, Eamonn saw a man’s heavy black boots and black trousers, but he couldn’t piece the rest of the man together without lifting his head. He didn’t have to look up, though, to feel the man’s gaze on him.
Clunk… clunk… clunk… the steady footsteps traveled around the courtyard back to where they had begun, and they stopped. Hanging as limp and lifeless as he could manage, Eamonn strained his ears to try to hear anything that might clue him in on what was happening, but he heard nothing. A faraway drip of water was the only sound he could place. Seconds dragged in silence before the man stepped again and the clop of the boots began to wane, leaving Eamonn alone once again.
Eamonn released a full, weighty breath, not realizing how much tension had built up within him. He wouldn’t lift his head, not yet. He’d make sure the footsteps weren’t coming back before he did.
Excerpted from The Thief’s Relic by Angela Knotts Morse, Copyright © 2022 by Angela Knotts Morse. Published by An Encouraging Thought Publishers.