Shards is the story of Tasren Breslett is an agent for Goarhind, an organization responsible for investigating and controlling strange happenings around Pyrihd. While most of them are somewhat mundane – fire elementals causing fires in Yann, a series of robberies no one can solve – lately there have been a lot of reports coming in of even stranger happenings. Sent out to investigate, Ren finds that small pieces of glass imbued with an ancient magic are the cause of these events and is assigned to the case full time along with her mission commander – Fidal Lancet. As they collect the shards, they begin to piece themselves together to form a strange orb, an enormous and seemingly endless power source. But Goarhind isn’t the only one seeking the Shards. Someone else seems to have their eye on them, too.
Tasren goes by Ren unless she’s signing official documents. She’s a down to earth and serious about her job when working, but very shy and unsure when she’s off duty. Being on the job gives her something of a goal or purpose, but when she’s relaxing at home or resting off duty, she’s very quiet and awkward, not knowing what to talk about. She doesn’t make friends easily in either case because her good nature had been taken advantage of way too many times, but those she does connect with, she holds very dear. She has a good sense of humor, which tends to show through more on the job than off, as well as a sharp mind. Her best friend, and her mission commander, Fidal, helps her keep it going with his own quips.
Ren is partially inspired by my own view of myself, as most of my main characters seem to be. Though I am not as serious or skilled at my job as Ren is, I am just as quiet and socially awkward as she is off duty. She is much more confident as a person in her intelligence and skill and knows when bending the rules is appropriate. Her counterpart, Jaq, which will be introduced in book two, doesn’t yet know the nuances of the job, and teaching him is a bit of a frustration for her, especially when she has had as much experience as she’s had. Also like me, she’s adopted a greyhound that she’s named Charlie (which is actually the name of my bird), and he ends up playing an important role in her story.
I have high hopes for Ren. She is intelligent, creative, and in charge, no matter what anyone says, even if behind closed doors she’s comfortable being alone and in silence with her dog, sharing a beer with Fidal.
~ Be sure to check out Shards Book One, coming soon to Amazon Kindle Direct! ~