A greater threat looms over the three houses as they move westward for a better life. Shades of the past return as Ariya senses a connection between Alexandru Drago and his prince, Vlad Tepes III aka Vlad Dracul, as she relives their conspiracy to take the throne of Wallachia using a secret army. At the same time, Jace relives his father's burial in the Highlands of Scotland and muses over living with Ariya in the Aziza fairy realm.
against a sweaty palm.
The part of the song ended with the captured lyrics still floating within the air. He lifted his head slightly to watch his uncle reach out and shake the salt and soil onto the large mound. Before placing Jace's father Gerard beneath the pile of burial rocks, Jace had watched him do the same upon his brother's chest. The last visage he saw of his father was that of peace as the soil would retake him once again while the salt, a representation of his soul, would remain forever.
His tall, strong form now wore the same green shaded quilted armor garments that matched Jace and his uncle's. Thick padded quilts of cotton served as armor as a front to whatever mortals crossed their way. If their speedy defenses would fail, the thickness of the material would surely block any sword cuts their way.
A long brown leather tunic-like coat reached below the knees and quilted vertically, worn draped over an over-coat of mail armor. Peace full upon the handsome face lined with a da
This is less a short story than a connecting incident between two novels. It is of the vampire/elf/shapeshifter genre, but nothing particularly magical happens.
There are some odd usage errors: within is used for in, apart is used for a part, and concave (an adjective) is used instead of the noun curve. The author has an almost Lovecraftian skill for piling on vague adjectives.
Presumably, the novel that preceded it explains the significance of the events of the piece. I didn't see their importance.