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Eighth Circle

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. All the signs
are there and Liala goes to meet them only to discover that neither is as saintly
as she imagined. After a bad start she realises that saintliness won't defeat the
guardians. Some very unsaintly qualities are needed and the two men have
them.
The guardians 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. They even hunt people for sport. Computers,
monsters and zombies run their evil empire.
Eighth Circle is Book Two in the Other Realms series. 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.
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 images by doing it in reverse. Crispin had found a way to make the images
appear on his tablet.
Liala figured that her brother must be very clever. At eighteen, he was two years
younger. They were brother and sister but very different. He was slightly built and
good at technical things like computers and marine science . She was athletic and
more at home in the sea than behind a laboratory bench.
She watched as he left the pool and ran towards her.
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