by: Sharon Ledwith
The Last Timekeepers, Prequel
There is no moving forward without first going back.
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith's heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose-to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe. Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis' past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers' prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth's fate will be altered forever...
Juvenile to Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, 154 Pages
“It will do no good if the Keeper of the Arches succumbs with Atlantis” Kukulkan replied, shaking his head. “At least the seventh arch is safe. And you know as well as I do that the fifth arch has been gone from here for over one hundred years.”
Lilith’s father snorted, making his nostrils flare in an undignified manner. “The fifth arch might as well be destroyed, seeing as it is in Belial’s possession. That evil magus has been draining the arch’s spiral energy long enough by using it to control the people in the country he landed in. And if they don’t submit to him, he sacrifices or enslaves them. I thank Poseidon that you’ve been chosen by the Children of the Law of One to go deal with Belial personally.”
Kukulkan’s jaw tensed. “And I shall not disappoint, my brother. The survival of our culture, our race, and this old red land’s memory depends on it.”
An eruption from Mount Atlas shook all of them. More screams resounded outside their stately home, with its flowering vines winding around the balcony, that overlooked the ocean. Lilith wrung her hands. She had gotten used to the instability of her country, the frequent quakes and mini-eruptions. She knew they must go. They had no choice if they wanted to live. In truth, their house hadn’t been a home since her mother had been taken from them. Lilith felt a slight tug on her arm and unclasped her hands. She hadn’t realized she’d been staring into space until she looked down at her left arm. Uncle Kukulkan had wound her aunt’s snake bracelet around her forearm. It was loose and awkward. The bracelet wouldn’t stay up and slid down to imprison her hand.
Lilith wrinkled her nose. “It doesn’t fit.”
He laughed. “Don’t worry you’ll grow into it, Lilith.”
“It’s still a snake,” she said, grimacing. “I don’t think I’ll ever learn to like it.”
He lightly touched her cheek. “I hope you do, Lilith. It served your aunt well.”
“What do you mean?” She toyed with the bejeweled snake head.
“As you know, Ambeno was a seer,” Kukulkan said with a slight smile. “She once told me this bracelet connected her to her purpose, and I hope it does the same for you, Lilith. I must go now. Take care of your father for me. It’s not always easy being the oldest in the family.” He kissed Lilith on the forehead.
Holding back tears, Lilith wrapped her arms around her uncle’s waist. The soft purple fabric of his robe soaked up her tears like a hungry sea sponge. He hugged her back, then reached over and grabbed Segund’s hand. He squeezed it so tightly Lilith felt her father jump.
A less threatening tremor broke them apart, signaling it was time to leave.
“Is there a message that you want me to convey to Belial, Segund?”
Her father’s lips curled upward, much like the snake’s mouth engraved on her bracelet. She shivered at the comparison. “Yes. Tell him that time is not on his side.”
About the Author:
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS and teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.