The Hidden Dagger Secrets Kept by J.L. Mbewe

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
The Secrets Kept Tour!
This tour will explore the World of Nälu:
Where a story with adventure, action, love, betrayal, and a quest takes place.
We will get to visit sites, learn more about the cuisine, and be introduced to some elves, dwarves, and shape-shifters, at the least.

Secrets Kept
by JL Mbewe
YA Fantasy
October 30th 2013 by AltWit Press

With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.

Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.

Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.

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The three dwarf clans

When Nälu was known as Talesri, there were only two dwarf clans. Klovan and Igazin, and they both spoke Tarôc.

The Klovan dwarf clan call KvakricForest their home, with Stratuvec being the king’s city. These dwarves are darker skinned and prefer to wear practical, natural colored clothes, as opposed to the Igazin’s bold, frilly attire. They are most known for their decorative wood-carvings, although the Guardian Hadrian would claim they make the best goat-cheese. Of course, the desert elves would disagree. Too bland they would say.

Prison TourDuring Stygian’s reign, the Klovan maintained a strong defense against the dwäza raids, but much of Stygian’s focus was on the Igazin. The masters of weaponry and “corrupting” a blade. A man bent on ruling the nations needed such as these and enslaved many of them. The rest fled to the mountain of Kha Vaaro and built the hidden city of Ta’vazi. Years after the fall of Stygian, the clan broke into civil war. The ones remaining in Ta’vazi called themselves the Stozic and cut themselves off from the rest of the clans.

The Igazin dwarves returned to Kvazkhun, rebuilt their city, and participated in the reconstruction of Talesri. The Igazin are known for their elaborate colorful mosaics and their bears. At one time, many of the dwarves rode the bear. As time passed the number of bears dwindled, and they became restricted to be used only for the king’s warriors. Each year, the Igazin dwarves hold a weeklong celebration called the Dakkarc na Klogs, filled with joisting tournaments, battle reenactments, and the king’s warriors demonstrating their skills with their bear mounts. There are even sporting events where civilians can test their own skill such as axe throwing, bear wrangling, and various strength tests, especially since the dwarves take pride in their extraordinary physical might, second only to the giants.

Years and bitterness have distanced the Stozic dwarves from their cousins in Kvazkhun. They do not venture far from the highlands, and they limit contact with the outside world. They maintain a working relationship with  Arashel, especially anything involving their shared responsibility of a Perimeter post and the care of its Manoa Stone.

Prism TOurTheir capital city, Ta’vazi, is built right into the side of the mountain much like the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.  Aside from the wonder of their magnificent city, they are also known for the precious stones and metal they mine from the mountains, exporting most of it.

The Guardians respect the Stozic dwarves split from Igazin, but hope they will return to the Council of Nations in the future. At this point, it’s not likely to happen anytime soon. Maybe give them another couple of hundred years. We shall see.



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Living life balanced between reality and dreams.
Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She has two short stories published in The Clockwork Dragon anthology, and is busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril. Her debut novel Secrets Kept and her short stories set in the world of Nälu: Desert Rose, Dragon Thief, and Indestructible are now available. She is currently living her second childhood with a wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and books, among other things.

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  1. I wouldn’t mind meeting any of them. I’ve read books that include all of them and love them. I’d probably want to most meet an elf, shapeshifter, mermaid, or fairy. Thank you 🙂

  2. It would be interesting to meet a fairy! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  3. I have always been fascinated by dragons and would love to meet one.

  4. I would love to meet a pegasus or unicorn. Thanks for the giveaway.