The Moth and the Bear
The story of a blacksmith and a hunter.
This is a story of grand adventure. A story with peril and intrigue and secrets. There are beasts and swords and storms and raging rivers and mountains. And yes, there are giant man-eating bear monsters.
But this is also a story about cruelty, softness, survival and compassion. It’s about weathering a world unyielding in its brutality with one’s fragile pieces still intact. It’s about being hurt, being thrown to the ground, and finding the strength to get back up again.
But most importantly, more than the adventure or the peril or anything else, this is a story about love.
This is the story of a blacksmith and a hunter, what love does to them, and what it does to the world.
All she wants is to follow in her father’s footsteps, but she’s about to be dragged into more adventure than she ever dreamed…
Since time immemorial, there have been tales of monsters lurking in the mountains of Kellabor, though few still believe the old stories. Legend comes knocking when Kaelin Belka, the only daughter of her village’s late blacksmith, is taken by Medved’ Beis far away to their lair deep in the wilderness. Tasked with crafting an amulet as part of a coming-of-age tradition for their youngest son, Kaelin tries her best to keep her chin up despite the circumstances. However, her captor isn’t easy to get along with, and not just because he’s being constantly tormented by his pushy older brothers. As it turns out, the whole tradition has quite a dark side, and all the skill and charm in the world may not be enough to save Kaelin from her fate.
She may be getting in over her head…
Kaelin Belka’s blacksmith father has been missing for many years, but she believes he may be alive somewhere and is determined to find him. She'll need the help of Ruyak, whose older sister may hold the secret. However, as Kaelin waits for her friend to make an appearance, things in her village become more uncertain by the day. As Kaelin struggles with the pitfalls of village life, she finds just as many obstacles rising within her own mind. If and when Ruyak finally comes to meet her, it may be to find her in pieces.
As tangled webs become ever more treacherous, and dark secrets find their way into the light, Kaelin will need to discover for herself the boundaries of her beliefs, her willpower, and her trust.