TITLE: The Guardian of Sudner
GENRE: MG Fantasy
Jaden’s head was buried in a book. His ancient runes scholar gave him permission to study a rare parchment that had just been discovered a few months ago. He’d spent his entire lunch break trying to translate it.
“I thought I’d find you in here.”
Jaden jumped as his runes scholar entered.
“Sir Robert will have my hide if you miss battle training. This parchment can wait.”
Jaden’s stomach dropped. How had he forgotten? Today was his duel. The other boys in his class loved sparring. It was the best part of turning twelve. No longer were they trapped doing nothing but endless boring drills. Now they got to show off their skill going head to head in real duels. For the other boys it was a dream come true. For Jaden, it felt more like a nightmare. He preferred books to battles. If you made a mistake with a book, no one died.
Reluctantly he put his books away and left the castle.
“Jaden, wait up!”
He turned around and saw his friend Brandon running, his wavy brown hair bouncing. Jaden laughed and looked to see if any girls were around. The girls loved Brandon—and his hair.
“Why are you late?”
“I was trapped getting lectured by my father about not taking school seriously enough. You’d think being one of the top battle students would be enough for him, but nooo, apparently I have to have your brains too.”
“What are you failing this year?”