The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice
by E.S. Barrison
Storytelling was outlawed. Magic had all but vanished.
That all changed when the woman in black came to town.
Branded with the black stamp at a young age, Brent thought he would end up a vagrant. His craft was telling stories, but the Order had long forbidden any weaving of tales. When Brent sees the woman in black, she leads him into a menagerie of tunnels beneath the earth where his life falls into the nauseating, but beautiful, mist of the dead.
He finds friendship in Rho, a young woman who hides her face with a tree branch while roots and vines bow to her every whim. They embark on a journey to discover the woman in black’s secrets.
For thousands of years, the mist was under the sole guardianship of the Council of Mist Keepers. But as new monsters enter the mist, the Council searches for young blood to join their ranks and Brent’s next in line.
A Pool of Peony
by E.S. Barrison
The mist has thickened with a vendetta. A bounty has been offered for answers.
And no one’s story is safe.
It’s been six months since the Storm of Nightmares and Bria has not gone home. With wanted signs plastered throughout Rosada, she has been stuck chasing the so-called Story Collector throughout the Independent City of Mert. Yet, when a break-in occurs in Todd Dray’s shop, it unleashes a chain of events that sends the city into disarray.
With his mind tormented by demons, Brent has been navigating Mert as a half version of himself. When a masked figure offers to help, he accepts, unknowingly stepping into a conflict that has riddled the world for centuries.
The City of Mert has become a target for both the Order of the Effluvium and the Council of Mist Keepers. With fear mounting, Bria must decide what part she plays in this oncoming storm.