2nd edition 18/02/2020
Lord Adem Heliodor might have survived the Screaming, a magical attack which slaughtered his friends and colleagues in front of him, but his struggle to recover his nerves sees him forced into early retirement. Returning to his childhood home in the countryside, he isn’t expecting to find missing information about the plot which caused the Screaming or to find himself once more face-to-face with the man he loved and lost decades before.
It was not the Screaming itself that forced Lord Adem Heliodor into early retirement. Indeed everyone in the court was in full agreement that his lordship had acted with extraordinary and unexpected courage during the incident. After all, it was no common occurrence for a mere minister of ports and customs to be called upon to save the life of the queen, let alone in the face of a horror such as the Screaming.
Unlikely hero Lord Adem Heliodor saved his queen’s life during the Screaming, a magical attack on his city, but his broken nerves have forced him into an unwanted early retirement to his country estate. Adem thinks his life is over, but retirement holds some surprises. First, there’s his new librarian, who turns out to be not just the first love he thought was dead, but also someone surprisingly knowledgeable about political intrigue. Then there’s the assassin in the orchard and the discovery that the Screaming was just the first attack on the city.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 June Daily Dose: Never Too Late