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Tales of the Shining Mountains
Northern Reaches

Written by
Heather Pyrcz

Cover of Northern Reaches
272 pages,
ISBN: 9780888876973
$20.00 CA

About the Book

The Northern Reaches, Book Two of the trilogy Tales of the Shining Mountains, opens with spring in the mountains and new cubs to the Keepers. SaMäel, the bears´ arch enemy, is still searching for Gaia´s Quintessence. So far the animals have foiled all his attempts to pry out of them its whereabouts. But the warrior angel is stepping up his game. What has happened to the spirits—Melancholia, Nagi and Engelmann—whom no one can reach? SaMäel has focused his efforts on Piotr, the youngest and most vulnerable bear. Grundel, The Keeper, thinking to get him out of harm´s way, sends Piotr north to the Yukon, only to discover, too late, that this is a dangerous place. The Klondike Gold Rush is at its height. Thousands of men are pouring into the region in a mad search for gold, indiscriminately hunting the animals for food and sport. Undeterred, SaMäel follows Piotr north. Will Piotr manage to fend off both the miners and SaMäel?

The Caves of Castleguard

Written by
Heather Pyrcz

Cover of The Caves of Castleguard
386 pages,
ISBN: 9780888876614
$20.00 CA

About the Book

The Tales of the Shining Mountains, written primarily for adolescent readers, is a compelling trilogy about the challenges faced in the early development of the Rocky Mountains. Book One, The Caves of Castleguard, follows the lives of the Keepers, a community of grizzly bears bred for life in the high reaches in order to protect a mysterious substance that has lain hidden underneath the ice field for millennia. It is 1890, and the animals of the Shining Mountains are facing difficulties caused by the construction of a railroad and an influx of humans. The ancient traditions of Mount Cathedral, home of the Keepers, are at risk. Their mountain Corridor, so necessary for the survival of many of the animals, is threatened. Inexplicably, too many inhabitants of the area are mysteriously disappearing. When Grundel, their leader, investigates, a darker character appears: SaMäel, Lord of Abadon, fallen angel and troublemaker extraordinaire. Can Grundel and his allies construct a diversion to fool the greatest of deceivers in order to save the mountains and their way of life from oblivion?
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