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The Road To Corlay (White Bird of Kinship, Bk 1)
The Road To Corlay - White Bird of Kinship, Bk 1 Author:Richard Cowper The Boy, Tom, was an extraordinarily gifted piper, having learned the art from Morfedd the Wizard. It was Morfedd who'd made his pipe, and twinned his tongue so that he'd be able to master the pipe's two air ducts. And it was Morfedd who'd instilled in him an unshakable belief in the prophesied White Bird of Kinship-a belief which Tom's music co... more »uld evoke in any listener with an open heart.
Unfortunately, in those days, a thousand years after the Drowning, the Church militant feared the growing influence of the White Bird heresy and sought to stamp it out. So it was that one night, as the Boy piped to an entranced crowd to celebrate the turn of the 30th century, there was...an accident. The Boy was killed-martyred, to the chagrin of Church officials. And with his death, the legend of the White Bird became a fierce, living hope for mankind.
Just after a storm at sea 18 years later, a ship's captain found a man, or what was left of him, tied to a floating spar. The man's clothing and split tongue identified him as a Kinsman-a member of the White Bird cult, now proscribed by the Church-and there were many who would have turned him in for the bounty. But this captain was not greedy; and when, by chance, he detected a faint spark of life still burning, he smuggled the man ashore to the home of a potter, who was also Kin.
The arrival of a half-dead stranger did not take the potter completely by surprise. For his daughter Jane was huesh, and she had had a vision of a tempest and a drowned Kinsman. What she had not foreseen was the man's survival (it was the first time her sight had not been entirely accurate), and she was exhausting herself...pushing her gift to the limit in her attempts to keep him alive-
When suddenly, the probing fingers of her mind found the OTHER! Not the Kinsman, Jane hueshed, but the shadowy presence that seemed to be sharing the Kinsman's existence...a frail whisper-Carver-that would grow stronger in the perilous days ahead....
In the late 20th century, a scientist named Michael Carver was the subject of a revolutionary experiment. He had been given certain neurocompound drugs believed to induce O.O.B.E.'s--out-of-body-experiences--and now, unexpectedly, he was slipping into a coma. his colleagues were at a loss; their instruments showed intense mental activity, yet Mike could not be roused. A few of them speculated that Carver had succeeded in making some sort of O.O.B contact. But unless they found a way to break that contact, their guinea pig was going to die!« less