asa kraiya : beyond the sword

A weblit novel by Karen Wehrstein

Sequel to The Philosopher in Arms

***** If you like character-driven/personal development stories, this is for you! … I can’t recommend asa kraiya (along with The Philosopher in Arms) enough.” - Capriox, @ Web Fiction Guide

“Damn you, Karen, it’s 3:30 a.m. again!” - “Fan” in the comments.

“You will sob and howl but the ending is beautiful.” - Fantasy Lover @ Lexy's Basement

“This thing which you have created is soul altering. I see the hand of God in it, truly; you have written in the essence of truth, humanity, empathy, nature. An aura reader would see this experience in me as healing and growth.” - Anna, in the comments.

“My hair is still standing on end... 'There is more to this story than you can imagine, but I invite you to try, because it's good for you.' Pure distilled hope, with a frisson of that voyeuristic thrill that all literature grants.” - Michael Thedford @ Lexy's Basement


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HAVING CARVED HIS WAY to the top of the post-tech world of the Fifth Millennium, Fourth Chevenga Shae-Arano-e has everything—power, accomplishment, love, and fame as the reputed greatest warrior in the world—except the prospect of long life. Shown by a childhood vision that he will die before the age of thirty, at twenty-eight he figures he’s nearing the end.

But then, a brilliant healer with the gift of seeing the human aura reveals the way to escape that fate.

All Chevenga has to do is quit believing at heart that death is his due.

Oh, and hang up his sword.

For good.

Against the political backdrop of the reformed Empire of Arko and his doggedly-democratic homeland of Yeola-e, he makes his bid for longevity through a healing journey that turns out to be much more than he bargained for. Despised as a traitor by his former comrades-in-arms, rejected by his wife, hunted by assassins, haunted from the spirit world and subjected to public dissection of his deepest secrets by an official body that includes his worst political enemy, Chevenga faces his toughest battle ever: the internal one.

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