Beyond Blood

It’s been five years since the end of the devastating centuries long war between the Cog Clan and the Wheelteeth, but old hatreds remain ready to break the fragile peace…

Third Leader Quarethstra Jarre leads an unlikely group of students for the newly created Expeditionary Squadron, teaching children from bloodlines other than the Navigators who were bred and born to fly. As the lowest of the lowbloods, the students must overcome the prejudices against them—even among one another. But when they find themselves as a target for a nefarious plan to renew the war, they must band together to survive.

For who is the enemy, and who is a friend?

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Beyond Blood #1: Navigators Are Made, Not Born

Part 1 The ornithopter bomber dragon bucked in its steady flight as it encountered the upper airs, and Quarethstra Jarre’s young student fought with the controls, her movements panicked as the buffeting winds brought her off course. Jarre barked, “No, shift up…Up. If you don’t reroute the—” “I know,” his young charge responded. He had…

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Beyond Blood #2: The Sign for Heart

Part 2 Jarre’s mate raised his brow, his expression certainly displeased. Zhandei even went so far as to cross his arms, a sign that his mate was far more than merely displeased. Zhandei made such a gesture as one of the Flight Ledge Leaders whenever his subordinates made a serious mistake with the flight cradles.…

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Beyond Blood #3: Treachery

Part 3 Nelai sat behind Dupresh in the longwing flyer in her secondary flight seat, checking and rechecking the gauges, heart pounding. These flyers were newly minted from the forge caves, tinkered and re-tinkered by the first-level techworkers until they hum-ticked perfectly, their smooth brass hides gleaming in the early winter morning light. She peered…

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Beyond Blood #4: Take the Lead

Part 4   Dupresh ran until his lungs ached, his throat felt shredded raw, and his legs could barely support him. His neck was sore from craning above, but after he saw no more shadows of gryphon wings above, he forced himself to turn around and run back the way he came. His kind had…

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Beyond Blood #5: The Mark of a First

Part 5   “Shit,” spat the Inventrix, stopping suddenly. “Fuck.” Jarre didn’t think he’d ever heard her say such words, and part of him was surprised his Inventrix capable of it, as if she were some sun-kissed innocent. “What?” he asked. It was midday and they’d had to backtrack twice, Shiran sniffing and snuffling, opening…

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Beyond Blood #6: The Protection of Shadow

Part 6 Dupresh watched Tsavo as the traitor munched idly on a dried vat-meat ration bar, vat meat that Dupresh’s line had raised—as was their duty—after painstakingly cleaning and repairing the vats. Du tried to clamp down on the hatred surging up through his body. For that his blood-kind had a saying in much the…

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Beyond Blood #7: Judgement

Part 7 Jarre listened to the sounds of his little squadron sleeping in the two tents they’d raised not too far distant from the bloodwood trees. He’d tied Xennar good and tight to the second tree. Though he was sure Xennar couldn’t see well with one missing eye and the other sitting in a shattered…

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