Hale and Gemini
The Alder Tales #3
Based on Hansel and Gretel
The third son of the Bear Clan, Hale thought he had his life figured out. He had a stunning bride, his iron faith in the Mother, and has spent the last five years training to be the future clan leader. But when his life comes crashing down around him, Hale knows he can’t stay home.
Leaving behind everyone he’s ever known, Hale is alone with his thoughts as he crosses the Alderwood in search of his sister. Then Gemini—the clan flirt and known gossip—follows him, demanding his protection. She’s just as determined to leave her life behind. Hale doesn’t know what made her leave her sisters or suitor, but he has no choice but to continue with a helpless girl at his side. Neither ever expected just how dangerous the Alderwood could be.
Oblivious of Hale’s departure, Parson and Raene travel to Terrana to ask political favors in exchange for their clan leader’s freedom, but lingering injuries threaten their arrival—and their lives. They’ll need the help of an unlikely ally if they hope to succeed.
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"Once again R. S. McCoy has brought us into her wonderful world of complex romance. She weaves a beautiful tail of love, betrayal, and a very strict political world with characters that draw you into their lives. So much so that left me excited to turn every page." ~Amazon Customer
"This book is more than what I was hoping for. It gave me more than I wanted and turned the story into a very fascinating adventure and quest for purpose. " ~IAmNotABookworm
"I will say that her character building is phenomenal, her writing is fluid and never a lull in the story. Just when you think you know what is going on BAM she runs the story in a direction you never imagined and makes it work. If you want a story that has love, jealousy, self-confidence issues, joy, pain, struggle, family, and determination of every character to make their own way then this series is a must read." ~Cheryllynn, Amazon Reader
"ou would think that adding two more characters in this alternating POV series would be seriously confusing, but it was actually very easy to follow. The characters are very easy to identify and are vastly different. I didn't have trouble following it at all. Hale and Gemini were great characters to add in the mix and I am excited to see where their lives take them. " ~Becky Book Bites Reviews
"I don't think my heart can handle this!!!!! I love this series so much!!!" ~Saira M, Amazon Customer
The Alderwood looked precisely as it had for the last twenty years. The trees towered high above, so thick with pink blossoms they blotted out the sun, letting in only the occasional beam. The trunks were thicker than a dozen men could wrap around, and they filled the air with their sweet aroma. Some of the older trees had already begun to hang heavy with their fruit.
To anyone else, the day was the same as any other. Nothing changed in the Alderwood, not really.
But for Hale, he was alone—truly alone—for the first time in his life. Each step made it more real. Each hour of solitude cemented his actions. He wasn’t dreaming or wishing or vividly imagining. Hale was really leaving, and no one came to stop him.
He wasn’t sure how to feel about the lack of people following him. Glad Lathan respected his wish to leave? Disappointed no one else thought to beg him to come back? The whole affair was strangely anticlimactic.
In the morning, he had been the third son of the Bear Clan of the Alderwood. In the afternoon, he was a lone traveler making his way across the realm.
It was almost amusing to think of his life days ago, clinging to his devotion to the Mother and his certainty Raene would be his bride. He thought he’d be welcoming a wife to his tent, rather than leaving his clan behind.
He thought he’d be starting a life with someone, rather than starting a journey alone.
In his twenty-three years, Hale had never had cause to strike out on his own. Da had secured him a place as future clan leader, and until a few days ago, it had been all he ever wanted. Now, he strayed from the path on which he’d always been. Hale determined his own fate now.
He forced down the excited hum of freedom in his veins along with the thick, poisonous thoughts of what he’d just done. Hale refused to dwell on the fact that he’d just abandoned everyone he’d ever known. He wouldn’t let himself feel selfish.
For the first time in his life, Hale was doing what he knew to be perfectly right, and he hadn’t asked Da or Lathan or the Mother for approval. This was Hale’s task, and he meant to see it through.
That hardly quieted his anxiety. On the outside, he was young, capable, controlled. Inside, Hale was little more than a snuffed out flame. Nothing remained within him save for the purpose driving him forward.