Meekelorr, lying near a stream in the Easternlands with a small troop of his soldiers sleeping nearby, woke suddenly from a strange dream. He sat up, pushing away both the blankets and the grogginess. He wanted to think about the dream, to fix it in his mind so he could tell it to Pohl.
A young man was standing over a grave. Then, as happens in dreams, the young man was walking in the mountain forest heading somewhere with great determination. In the dream, his friend Pohl had shaken him awake. “Be aware and be wary, Meekelorr; that boy’s destiny is woven into yours.”
“I see him,” Meekelorr assured Pohl. “The boy seems simple, pleasant, hardly a threat.”
“You are shortsighted, friend. That boy is like a sleepwalker. He doesn’t know what it is he is moving toward, yet he will be a determining player in the world events that are nearly upon us.”
“He will aid us?”
“That,” Pohl said, “or destroy us; then there will be little hope left for this world.”
Meekelorr, fully awake now, reached over and shook his friend Pohl, who was snoring peacefully next to him.
The older man sat up quickly and grabbed his sword.
“Whoa, Pohl, no danger. But I must tell you this dream while I can recall it.” ....
Auragole of the Mountains is the first novel in Shirley Latessa’s exciting quartet “Auragole’s Journey.”
1. Auragole of the Mountains
2. Auragole of the Way
3. Auragole of Mattelmead
4. Auragole and the Last Battle
5. Meekelorr: The Early Years (the prequel)
Shirley Latessa was born in Michigan and spent her teenage years in a Zionist youth movement. In her twenties, she studied acting and performing in New York and Cleveland, where she met her husband, with whom she had three daughters. In her thirties, Ms. Latessa began studying Anthroposophy. Though she started writing at a young age, it was not until her thirties that she began to write seriously, including song lyrics, plays, and a book and lyrics for a musical. She has coedited two books of nonfiction, The Changing Countenance of Cosmology and Isis Sophia. She has also written two novels, Eighteen Days till Home and Dancing in the Fire, as well as a book of poetry, Summing Up. Ms. Latessa's most recent work is the fantasy quartet called “Auragole’s Journey,” which includes Auragole of the Mountains; Auragole of the Way; Auragole of Mattelmead; and Auragole and the Last Battle (from Lindisfarne Books). She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.