A Quiet Rebellion: Short Tales – now free!
How did an uneducated commoner become the king’s Chief Guard? Why did the town of Maldon end up with such an inept mayor? What really happened in the undocumented incident that left two powerful captains dead? And was the top councillor completely honest throughout his career?
Enjoy these behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of A Quiet Rebellion.
This is a collection of four flash fiction stories, each under 1000 words. If you’ve read the novels, they may answer some questions about Numoeath’s history. If you haven’t read the novels, why not get a taste here?
A Quiet Rebellion: Guilt (Book 1 in the Numoeath series)
In a society that lives in fear of beasts and the curse they carry, imprisoning victims is the only thing to do.
Convoy captain Jonathan has a guilty secret: he killed a traveller who was cursed while under his protection. The killing wasn’t to defend the innocent, but to hide governmental employment of curse victims—like Jonathan—who have developed paranormal powers. To assuage his guilt, he bends the rules to help another, younger victim. His growing fatherly affection for her leaves him vulnerable to pressure from an unethical researcher. Can he navigate the bureaucratic web, do his duty and still keep his conscience intact?
A Quiet Rebellion: Restitution (Book 2 in the Numoeath series)
Jonathan burns for revenge after fleeing the city with only a stolen uniform and shoes—and a murder charge hanging over him. Unscrupulous scientist Silvers imprisoned him to experiment on, because Jonathan’s cursed with a secret, dangerous power. Jonathan will have to survive, reach Silvers and kill him to prevent him from doing further damage.
Rural herbalist Annetta is mortified after accidentally triggering Jonathan’s power the last time he visited her town. Convinced he’s a threat, she throws her efforts into developing a remedy to prevent him from killing again.
An escaped murderer is just another headache for Eleanor. It’s not easy being queen. She needs to negotiate the moral maze that curses raise and avoid being assassinated like her father.
With such disparate goals, will the right people come out on top?
A Quiet Rebellion: Posterity (Book 3 in the Numoeath series)
In a land where paranormal powers are transmissible, but their recipients condemned as a threat to society, Queen Eleanor struggles to improve life for all her subjects including the afflicted. Rocked by a recent betrayal and disillusioned by her late father’s secret scheming, she fabricates threats of an external attack to push for social reform.
Her ploy meets with initial success, easing her guilt about misleading the entire realm. However, evidence comes from an unlikely source that the threat is real. The realm must prepare for war, and Eleanor stands to lose everything she has fought for.
A Friendly Rivalry: A Numoeath Short Tale
After I published the Numoeath trilogy and the flash fiction collection, a couple more minor characters decided they wanted to tell their stories. This is a slice-of-life piece set in capital city Ascar, twenty years before the main books.
Ebook available for Amazon Kindle. Currently on Kindle Unlimited.