In Sylvan Shadows: The Cleric Quintet, Book II
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Enter the Forest of Shadows...
In Sylvan Shadows follows Cadderly the scholar-priest, as he leaves his home to combat the evil unleashed by the Chaos Curse. To counter Castle Trinity's plans for conquest, the cleric and his friends enter the beautiful forest of Shilmista. But among the trees and glades of the forest, Cadderly must battle a monstrous evil.
and feeling good about the beginning of this battle. It had taken just a few seconds, but two monsters lay dead or dying and the third stood teetering and trying to shake the stars out of its vision. Elbereth's charge was even more straightforward and more brutal. He led with a single bow shot, catching a monster in the shoulder. Then, drawing his sword and slipping his arm through the leather straps of his shield, the elf trusted in his disciplined steed and crashed right into the main group of
and immediately moved to tend Danica's injured arm. The stubborn monk politely refused, but Cadderly nudged her hard and reminded her that the dressing had to be changed. With a defeated sigh, Danica moved off with the elf. "When will you be back in the fighting?" Elbereth asked Shayleigh at length. Both looked the attendant's way. "Tomorrow!" the maiden said firmly. The attendant just shrugged and nodded helplessly. "That is good," said Elbereth. "Rest well this night. Tomorrow we shall
antagonizing the elf. "Do not underestimate that which I, Prince of Shilmista, might know," Elbereth continued haughtily. "We are not a simple folk wasting our years dancing under the stars, as so many would choose to believe." Cadderly did start to reply, sharply again, but Pertelope, ever the calming influence, moved in front of him and took the glove, shooting him another wink and subtly stepping on the young scholar's toe. "We would never think so of our friends in Shilmista," the
Ivan. "Not as broken as the enemies we left behind," Danica pointed out. She noticed that Shayleigh and Tintagel had not relinquished their frowns, and she nearly growled at them as she and Ivan walked past. "The dwarves are to be treated as allies," Elbereth ordered, "for that they are, and let no elf consider them otherwise." "By whose command?" came a voice from the side, which Elbereth recognized as his father's before he ever turned to regard the elven king. "Have you taken command of
time to go around them. Skirmishes were becoming too common about the group, echoing from both sides and behind. Shayleigh, Tintagel, and the other elves soon would be hard-pressed as the enemy closed in on this section of the forest, and Elbereth's party had to get to Syldritch Trea without delay—to the misfortune of these three goblin guards. Danica looked over to Elbereth, now in position just a few feet behind his goblin. The elf nodded for her to go first, and Danica agreed, since her task