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The Bonemender's Choice

234 pages
When Dominic's children are kidnapped by raiding pirates, Gabrielle and Feolan find themselves drawn into their most frightening adventure yet, a sea journey into unknown lands. The adventure takes a deadly turn when the Gray Veil, a plague that slowly chokes its victims, strikes the harbor town where the children have been taken. Gabrielle's healing powers are needed as never before, and in the end, it seems, she must choose: She can only save one, her husband or her niece.
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theBonemender’s Choice
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theBonemender’s Choice
Holly Bennett
Orca Book Publishers
Copyright © 2007 Holly Bennett
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Bennett, Holly, 1957 The bonemender’s choice / Holly Bennett.
ISBN 9781551437187
I. Title. PS8603.E5595B653 2007 jC813’.6 C20079023614
Summary: In this third volume of the Bonemender series, Dominic’s children are kidnapped, but before they can be sold into slavery, a deadly plague strikes.
First published in the United States2007
Library of Congress Control Number:2007926215
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs pro vided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover artwork, cover design, interior maps: Cathy Maclean Typesetting: Christine Toller Author photo: Wayne Eardley
The author is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which enabled the research for this book.
In Canada: PO Box5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
In the United States: PO Box468 Custer, WA USA 982400468
www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada.
Printed on 100% PCW recycled paper.
010 09 08 07 • 5 4 3 2 1
For Kate and Wally, wHo Have cHeered me on tHis adventure from my first Hesitant steps, and provisioned me along tHe way witH everytHing from pirate books to my very own tiny ElvisH muse.
Wit te kind permission of te great Canadian musician and songwriter Willie P. Bennett, I ave given a couplet from is song “Brave Wings” to Féolan.
Note: hese two maps are drawn to different scales.
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Chapter One
   at te little village. It was just a windGad been in teir favor, and te fire ad not spread to te andful of modest cabins, te fartest one a carred mess of caved-in blackened timbers. At least, se tougt, te oter dwellings. Jacques, Gabrielle’s guide, ad already ridden aead, eager to arrive wit is elp. Se oped secouldelp. Burns were not only terribly painful, tey were among te most difficult injuries to recover from. If se could save te girls—and by te guide’s account, se was not certain se could—tere was no telling wat sort of life tey would face. As Cloud carried Gabrielle into te village, Jacques pointed er toward one of te little cabins. “Aline’s waiting,” e said. he door opened, and te woman ran to meet tem, weepy wit mingled ope and fear. Smudged still from te fire, air mussed, se bore te ollow aunted look of new grief. “hank te gods you’re ere. My poor girlies. My poor little girlies!” Se stopped in front of a small cabin—“My moter’s ouse,” se explained—and paused in te doorway. “I ope I aven’t done wrong,” se burst out. “Old Anna, tat’s my neigbor, se told me to coat ’em up in butter—”