The Green Dagger (BlackMyst Trilogy #2)
Author: Kelly Hess
Published: December 2, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
As the raft reached the dock, Fritz saw the boatman more clearly. He sent a bolt of terror up Fritz’s back. The man was pale and wrinkled and hunched over. He had the faintest wisps of long white hair that clung to his head, damp from the mist. He wore a white robe, and the bottom of it hung over the edge of the raft into the water. But the most frightening part of him was that he had no eyes; there were only sockets.
The raft stopped at the dock’s edge and the man turned and faced Fritz. “We wish to cross,” Fritz said. The man held out his hand, palm up, expecting payment. Fritz pulled his satchel from his shoulder and stepped towards the boatman. “I have gold. How much do–”
“No!” The old man bellowed. The sound was horrible, unlike anything Fritz had ever heard. He stopped, startled. The old boatman pointed at Fritz. More specifically, he pointed at Fritz’s stomach, directly where the dagger was strapped beneath his cloak.
“I don’t understand,” Fritz said, opening his satchel. “I have a great deal of gold.”
“Leave it,” the boatman moaned, his hideous voice like needles in Fritz's ears.
Character BiosBeynn Firehand - In The Green Dagger, Beynn is eighteen and is settling in and accepting his new life as a Sorak, but is still conflicted by having to live a double life. He is still afraid to reveal his true self to the people from his village, and so must disguise himself. He is intelligent and compassionate and a loyal friend. It is his loyalty to his friend Fritz that leads him on this next adventure.
Fritz Daggard - Fritz is an ambitious young man dealing struggling to deal with the dark influence of the green dagger he possesses. His good nature conflicts with the evil power of the blade and this turmoil causes him to be angry, frustrated, and sometimes just plain mean. He loves Rani, but his hateful behavior has driven a wedge between them and this irritates him even more. The pull of the dagger is a tremendous weight on Fritz and he is desperate to find a way to counteract and control its power.
Krigger Krigger is a Rodentian; sort of a humanoid rat with great skills of stealth and thievery. He is tall and wiry with silky black fur and protruding front teeth. He is much stronger than his appearance would suggest . Although brilliant as a thief, he can often be immature, even childlike. He is good-hearted and enjoys having fun, even if that fun might sometimes irritate those around him. Krigger’s loyalty to Fritz comes both from what he perceives as a friendship with the boy and from the profits he gains by doing Fritz’s bidding. Also, Krigger’s curiosity about the mysterious dagger and its potential value keeps him close by.
Eyes of the Enemy (BlackMyst Trilogy #1)
Author: Kelly Hess
Genre: MG, Fantasy
Published: June 30, 2014
When a rogue band of the dreaded Sorak attacks his village, twelve-year-old Beynn Firehand escapes into the darkness of BlackMyst Forest to find help. During his quest, Beynn discovers his own powerful magic abilities. The price of his newfound powers, however, may be higher than he ever imagined.
About the Author
Kelly Hess grew up with a love of reading science fiction and fantasy that inspired him to write his own fantasy trilogy. He lives in Vacaville, California with his wife and son, and is putting the final details on the last book of his BlackMyst Trilogy: The Third Power.