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  1. Summary

    From the Private Letters of Essa Trevelyan:

     

    I was made warrior by my father, mage by Desire, and apostate by Rage. I spent ten years in a cage of my own choosing, learning to bind my demons and the demons of others. When the sky tore and I stumbled out of too many deaths, the people of Thedas whispered that Andraste had made me her Herald. Now, by some turn of absolute madness, I have been made Inquisitor.
     

    This will not be the whole of my story.

    Essa Trevelyan isn’t exactly used to people, being raised mostly by a mabari will do that. Nearly a decade in a mage tower certainly didn't help, where she occupied an isolated and ruthless space between her fellow mages and the templars who guarded them. For all her connection to the Fade, Essa has never seen herself as anything but a warrior. Had her magic not manifest—late and tragically—she would be a mercenary even now and not the Herald of Andraste.  

    Whatever that’s supposed to mean.

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    Kirkwall’s the kind of city that pretends to sleep, lulls its people into uncertain rest sometime before the sun slides, slow and whiskey gold, across dingy buildings and lonesome streets. The kind of city that only shows its true secrets to those too corrupt to play the game without knowing everyone else’s cards. The kind of city that thrives on wasted dreams and broken songs.

    Essa Trevelyan was never foolish enough to think she knew the faces of her enemies, but here at the end of the longest, most dangerous game of her life, she’s tired of not knowing who her friends are. This town is going to be the death of her if she isn’t careful, but Essa came to Kirkwall with a mission, and she won’t stop until vengeance is done.

    She wears violence like a fine bespoke suit, all sharp lines and deadly curves. If you asked him, Cullen couldn’t tell you why he’s drawn to a woman with a list of sins as long and dark as his own. Essa is remorseless in ways he can no longer afford to be, even if he wanted to, but there’s something honest hiding in the flat stare of her wide grey eyes. Something that hints at life beyond the shadows, something that makes Cullen restless and reckless, two things he can never afford to be.

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    6 Feb 2016

  2. Public Bookmark 32

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    Theadosia Trevelyan has lost too much to the war between mages and templars: her brother, her home, and the one man she thought she might love. When she finds herself at the center of the Inquisition, she is grateful for an opportunity to do something to end the chaos and take her mind off of everything that has gone wrong over the past four years. What she didn’t expect to find was a familiar face within Inquisition leadership, and certainly not that of former Knight-Captain Cullen. Unfortunately, the recognition seems to be one sided on her part, and Thea herself is not convinced she is the same person she was four years ago, or whether she will ever trust herself to care again…

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    31 Jan 2016

  3. Public Bookmark 89

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    His hands were always warm, she found. The small crisscrossing scars that shaped his knuckles were dusted with fine blond hair, some old and others fresher than they should've been. Her life had been a palace surrounded by gardens, a windowless building filled with sharp swords, a castle built into the mountainside. His had been harder, carved into those hands, more sharp swords and fierce duty but at a different end than she was. It wasn't supposed to be this way, Templars and mages didn't fall in love.

    (A novelization of the Cullen romance built around the given scenes and comprised of extra ones.)

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    6 Jan 2016

  4. Public Bookmark 83

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    It was strange to think about, but once she got Shaun back, she knew that she wouldn’t have wanted to go back to life before the vault even if she could have. The life she’d had in Sanctuary Hills seemed like a strangely artificial dream, the colours too bright, everything fake. Life in the Commonwealth was dangerous and gritty, but she loved it. She felt more at home gunning down raiders and learning how to maintain a suit of power armor than she ever had dealing with neighbors or making casseroles.

    She was so damned selfish.

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    2 Dec 2015

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    A big, sweeping tale of two mature people coming together and trying to make it work, despite their pasts. Told in the Inquisition's own words, through letters, personal journal entries, and reports.

    Humor, sex, friendship, and most of all, romance. My Inquisitor is a capable and slightly odd mage, who finds herself in a strange dance with a good man, who wants only to atone for his past and build a new life for himself. Can people whose lives were forever altered by the Circles truly find a future together?

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    15 Sep 2015

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