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Eighth Circle

The Eighth Circle
by
Mike Dixon
Copyright 2014 Mike Dixon
IBSN 978-0-9875989-6-7
In the Realm Beyond the Eighth Circle, Princess Liala awaits the arrival of the
Lord of Light. Prophecies foretell that the saintly man and his faithful servant will
come to save her people from the tyrannical rule of the guardians, who seized
power centuries ago and claim to be immortal. Grotesque devices keep them
alive. They plunder people's bodies for spare parts, turn the living into zombies
and use bioengineering to create monsters. From the comfort of their palace,
they enslave the minds of the young and use their bodies for enjoyment.
Computers, monsters and zombies run their evil empire.
The Eighth Circle is Book Two in the Other Realms series. The Seventh Circle is
Book One.
Chapter 1
Lord of Light
Bolts of lightning streaked through the sky. Liala went to the laboratory window and
looked out to sea. The island was now bathed in a ghostly yellow light. Before, it had
been crimson. That was when the dolphins arrived. They swam into the sanctuary
pool at the height of the storm and rang the bell.
They usually gave a few pulls on the rope to let them know they were back. This time
they kept pulling. Her brother, Crispin, had gone down to see why they were so
insistent. Perhaps they had an important message. There was only one way to find
out and that was to talk to them.
The dolphins were attuned to forces humans could only imagine. They could detect
the earth's magnetic field and navigate along it. They saw with their eyes when it was
light and with their ears when it was dark. Their natural skills made humans seem
puny in comparison.
But nothing compared with their supernatural skills. Dolphins could detect the sacred
pathways between the realms. They kept watch on the gateways and knew when
someone or something was travelling along them. Legend said they had saved the
world with their warnings.
Sometimes they sensed evil. This time they sensed nothing but good. All the signs
were there. The Lord of Light was coming from the Realm Beyond the Ninth Circle.
Everything was happening as the prophecies foretold. All the clues were there. The
violent storm and the strange lights on the island were exactly as described.
Crispin could communicate with the dolphins. He had built a special tablet. Liala had
a rough idea how it worked. Dolphins could transmit images to one another. When it
was dark they saw by making clicking noises and listening to the echoes. They sent
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