Book One of The Academy of the Accord is safely in the hands of a brave beta reader, and Book Two is waiting in the wings for her, so I’m going to post from Book Three this month.
You met Kordelm and Wellhym last month, so now let me introduce you to their wizards, Caristen and Torlew. The boys are now eighteen years old; Kordelm and Wellhym have just received their warrior capes, and Caristen and Torlew are being given their Journeyman’s robes.
Once the congratulations settled, Vinadi cleared his throat. “Kord? Wel? If I could borrow your wizards for a moment?”
“Only if you promise to give them back unharmed,” Kordelm replied. “We’re going to need them tomorrow.”
“And every day after,” Wellhym added as he stepped back from his wizard. Torlew smiled at him and turned to face Vinadi, who was now standing at the table.
“Caristen,” Vinadi said, and the brown haired apprentice stepped forward, dark brown eyes holding Vinadi’s gaze.
“You are no longer an apprentice.” Vinadi pulled the white robe from Caristen’s shoulders and let it fall to the floor. “You earned this robe a long time ago,” he said as he lifted a pile of grey fabric from the table and handed it to him, “and I wish I could have given it to you sooner.” He smiled as Caristen settled the Journeyman’s robes around himself, then he reached around the young man and tied a white sash around his waist, belting the robe; when he and Torlew returned to work on their staffs the belt would be changed to a black one.
Briefly he embraced the new Journeyman and then stepped back from him.
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