Ambassador to the Freaks
Irid is a land inhabited by many strange creatures. Giants, fairies, snake-men, tree-people, and even humans claim the land as their own. They are neighbors, but not always friends. It is the job of The Ambassador, who speaks for every race, to keep Irid at peace. Many of these ambassadors have been successful. Some have not.
A boy named Lewin lives at Castle Joten, awaiting his twentieth birthday. On that day he will become the next Ambassador. But that day is still far off; Lewin passes the time reading books in the castle garden. He has also made friends with an inhabitant of the castle who is an orphan like him, but is not a human.
Then the day comes when a mercenary shows up at the castle, and Lewin is thrust out into the world, where everyone either expects great things from him or wants him dead.
Sunlight broke across the mountains, creating a pattern of jagged shadows cast by the triangular outcroppings that covered the foothills. Lewin and his small company had planned to sleep late, owing to their loss of sleep the previous night and Auren’s need to rest, but they simply couldn’t. Auren kept waking from pain, Shen never slept for too ……