Book: Bones of the Earth - Karras the Cat (Sequel to Karras the Kitten) by J.C. Hendee
categories: Book, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Dwarf, Dwarves, Goblin, Fantasy
J.C. Hendee about this book: The old and honored dwarven thänæ, Fiáh'our, is convinced that he is honorbound to take young Karras as an "apprentice" and force the wayward young clan-kin to learn the ways of their people's warriors. Poor Fiáh'our has no idea what he is in for.
Karras has no intention of doing anything more than necessary to fulfill his part of an unwilling apprenticeship arranged by his father. Worse, in being from a family of seatraders, a way of life baffling to most rughìr—the "Earth-Born" or dwarves—Karras is pitifully unsuited to the calling of a warrior. As a result, his training rapidly turns into futility. But Fiáh'our is determined to continue.
Karras also suffers from unrequited love, which interferes with his concentration. He has repeatedly asked Skirra, of the fallen family of Yêarclág, to marry him; for reasons inexplicable to him, she has refused him, perhaps for the last time. Fiáh'our has an inkling about why Skirra rejected Karras, but the thänæ believes he can make his new apprentice worthy of her. For that, Fiáh'our has a notion that might even give Karras a little hope of her acceptance. That is, if Karras can survive his first battle.
Out on the northern frontier, where Fiáh'our goes each summer for good service, a threat to the villages there has returned with greater force. The longer Fiáh'our delays in failed training with Karras, the greater his guilt for not defending those in need. Between these two duties, the risk for Fiáh'our—and Karras—may reach a breaking point that could cost one or both of their lives.
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