Gathering of the Four
Serrulata Saga, #1
by A.E Bennett
April 2, 2021
“In the Realm, every citizen knows their place.” Leora of Mae is a young woman orphaned at birth and raised on a remote farm. As a wielder of Xanthcraft, her abilities set her apart from her adoptive family and the other villagers. Shortly before her twentieth birthday, she learns of her family’s plot to sell her into servitude. Fearing for her life, she flees from the only home she’s ever known—defying societal conventions and breaking the edicts of the Realm. As she runs, Leora meets Roland Shallowbrook, a traveler on the Thieves’ Road; Lady Aurora Verte, daughter of a powerful member of the gentry; and the White Rider Leopold, a soldier with a secret. Together, this found family will have to band together to survive. Set in the distant future during the return of the Hale-Bopp comet, Gathering of the Four is the first book in The Serrulata Saga.
Two things happened at the beginning of the 330th year of the Realm: a brilliant comet with two tails
—one yellow and one blue—appeared in the sky, and the sovereign of the Realm died.
Neither of these events directly affected Leora of Mae, but she couldn’t help but tilt her gaze upward at the myste- rious celestial body that was visible even during daylight. She made her way toward the run-down cabin she called home, struggling as she slogged a full bucket of water in both of her chapped hands.
“You stupid, stupid girl! Quit dawdling and get over here!”
She heard the voice before she saw the woman, which was usually the case. It was a voice that grated and was
A.E. Bennett (she/her) lives in Washington, D.C. She is originally from North Carolina.
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