The Books

Shanku has left her nest behind to explore the wide world around her. Out of her small forest home she finds more of her own kind and new friends. Love, loss, and adventure await her as she discovers the secrets her clan struggled to hide. But at what cost?

Prologue

Part One: The Early Years

Arc One: Little Dreamer
Chapter 1: Little Dreamer
Chapter 2: Dreamweaver
Chapter 3: Awakening
Chapter 4: Nightmares
Chapter 5: Sleeping with the Fishes
Arc Two: S.A.I.L.S.
Chapter 6: Sailing
Chapter 7: Ale
Chapter 8: Illness
Chapter 9: Lightning
Chapter 10: Swimming
Arc Three: Red Roger
Chapter 11: Red Roger
Chapter 12: Revenge
Chapter 13: Remembrance
Chapter 14: Remorse
Chapter 15: Run Away
Arc Four: F.E.R.A.L.
Chapter 16: Freedom Lost
Chapter 17: Eager Student
Chapter 18: Roaring Cave
Chapter 19: Arloda Shimmerstone
Chapter 20: Lost Child
Arc Five: Land of Ice and Snow
Chapter 21: Travelling North
Chapter 22: Blizzard
Chapter 23: Land of Ice and Snow
Chapter 24: Final Ascension
Chapter 25: Farewell, ice!

Part Two: The Sylvan of the Nyre

Arc Six: Return to the Nyre
Chapter 26: Return to the Nyre
Chapter 27: Partner in Crime
Chapter 28: Overdue Explanation
Chapter 29: Preparations
Chapter 30: The Elders
Arc Seven: Imperial Grove
Chapter 31: Messengers
Chapter 32: Imperial Grove
Chapter 33: Coup de Force
Chapter 34: Hostages and Diplomacy
Chapter 35: Calm Before the Storm
Arc Eight: Reconnaissance
Chapter 36: Reconnaissance
Chapter 37: Melée
Chapter 38: Challenge
Chapter 39: Search
Chapter 40: Ruins
Arc Nine: Preparations
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Arc Ten: Tournament
Chapter 46: Tournament
Chapter 47: Feet and Feat
Chapter 48: Flying and Flinging
Chapter 49: Combat
Chapter 50: The Goblin Hound

Being reworked and tidied up.

Part Three: Betwixt

Arc Eleven: Questions
Chapter 51: Reunion
Chapter 52: Wintry Eve
Chapter 53: Healing
Chapter 54: Questions
Chapter 55: Danæ
Arc Twelve: Foterutu
Chapter 56: Foterutu
Chapter 57: The Skihva
Chapter 58: Bhadarukian Jungle
Chapter 59: Desert Caravan
Chapter 60: Arbos Village

Arc Thirteen: Pursuit
Chapter 61: Badlands
Chapter 62: Respite

In progress! Stay tuned!


Short Stories

These are the short stories (and flash fiction and novellettes) as they were originally written. Some were properly added in to the JAD novels, some weren't, some are canon, some are just brainstorming.

How the Kurach Came to Be
Long ago, things were solitary and chaotic. Then one day, one of the spirits grew tired of being alone.
How the Kurach Came to Walk on Two Feet
Long ago, the Kurach were simple little forest animals. Then one day, one of them sought the help of the faefolk and changed his people forever.
How the Kurach Came to be Human
Long ago, the kurach were simple little shapeshifting forest animals. Then one day, one of them sought the help of the eastfolk and changed his people forever.
How the Kurach Came to Wear Clothes
Long ago, the kurach were simple little naked forest animals. Then one day, they got tired of thorns in their bums.
How the Kurach Migrated Over L'aernth
Long ago, the kurach lived in just one forest. Then one day, they were smitten with wanderlust.
Cabin Boys
Before captaining a ship and peering through telescopes, Morgan and Dawson were running up and down the decks and shrouds.
Common Love
While taking a stroll one day, Zanzen finds a young huntress stalking a buck, and finds himself wishing he were the prey.
How Zihna Met Dai
After finding a strange beast injured by a rivercat, Zihna is approached by a creature she knows all too well.
Soldiers on the Plains
Travelling to the forest can be dangerous for the Heyen clan since they must pass close by to the human city, Wynfall.
Morgan's Dog
Captain Morgan used to have a dog and he used to not mind kurach so much.
Whitten's Wife
Whitten was married??
Consulting the Naiad
Nari seeks Danæ the naiad to learn what has become of her exiled daughter after a search does not reveal anything.
Dwarven Encounter
Shortly before Shanku became exiled, she was prone to wandering around in places and meeting things she shouldn't.
Jakko's Debt Repaid
Shanku and Jakko are good friends, but they didn't start out that way! Read how Jakko got off on the wrong foot — er, paw — and gained Shanku's friendship.
Kikeru's Descent
A minocentaur goes from quiet sire to vengeful warlock to destroy those who wronged him, and causes great unrest in the forest.
Fretful Parents
Nari and Zanzen worrying over their lost cub.
Hopeful Merchants
Zos and Junaid leave Arbos and seek to establish a trade route.
The Madman
A letter Shanku wrote to Dai and Zihna.
Pirate Raid
The Brelland Seacat targets a familiar vessel.
Danger at Sea
The pirates aboard the Brelland Seacat start to get a little too relaxed with their new kurach shipmate.
Training
Shanku struggles to focus during a sparring match.
Dining with Dwarves
Students in a dining hall tell of their mistakes.
Card Reader
On her way to find the elusive northern kurach, Shanku scares off a bandit and his would be victim expresses her gratitude.
Wanderer
Eru has heard the call of the wind and answered.
The Calling Mountain Winds
A peasant living in a quiet village near the mountains has his life turned upside down the day his mother is believed to be possessed by a water demon.
Poacher
Rhett takes it upon himself to dutifully watch over the hunters in the Nyre to prevent another incident like the Port's Plague.
Turai's Return
After fifteen years Turai decides he wants to go back to the Nyre.
Hilael and Third Child
Muso has taken it upon himself to protect his older brother.
Musings
Hilael's pleasant spring afternoon is interrupted by a mischievous Shanku.
Wandering Nuisance
Niranjan must oversee the cubs sent out on the Foterutu, and one in particular is giving him fits.
Family Business
Hinto is growing up and being trained as a cattle wrangler.
Kadin's First Horse
Kadin is soon to come of age and seeks his companion.
Post-Industrial Revolution

Originally, JAD was set in a post-industrial revolution society, and we met Shanku when she was in college.

Wynfall High
A multi-national agreement states that all intelligent species must attend common high schools. The Sylvan kurach are usually sent to Wynfall.
Swan's Down College
Vampires and demons and werewolves, oh my!
Silver Rock Bar & Grille
What became of the original cast since 2007? Well, thirteen years later...
Zeke and Taboo
A bubbly leonis tries to cure a troll of his social anxiety.

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