Jack Shian and the Destiny Stone

PRAISE FOR
JACK SHIAN
AND THE DESTINY STONE

‘The pace quickens, the stakes rise and the danger intensifies as the Shian faithful risk all for the true way and life. In this engrossing, enthralling, encompassing novel Andrew Symon brings his Shian Quest Trilogy to a close.’

The Scotsman

PRAISE FOR
JACK SHIAN
AND THE KING’S CHALICE

‘An exciting, engrossing and entertaining first novel… . Blending history, theology, fantasy and good old-fashioned adventure, this is a cracking start to what promises to be an intriguing series.’

The Scotsman

‘This is a very good book so definitely read it.’

The Guardian
reader review


Jack Shian and the King’s Chalice
is a romping adventure full of secrets and intrigue that should appeal to girls and boys alike – the characters may be Shian but the emotions and “growing pains” of emerging into teenhood are identifiably human.’

Parenting Without Tears.com

PRAISE FOR
JACK SHIAN
AND THE MAPA MUNDI

‘A twisting, turning, turbulent adventure.’

The Scotsman

‘This book is exciting and dramatic and I can’t wait to read the next one.’

The Daily Record

To Maggie

And thanks to Ian Black for all his help over the years

Contents

        
Praise

        
Title

        
Dedication

        
List of Characters from the Sian Quest Trilogy

        
Prologue

  1    
Frustration

  2    
Sheena of the Shadows

  3    
Autumn Equinox

  4    
Sabotage

  5    
Stowaways

  6    
Fishermen’s Blues

  7    
Waking Caskill

  8    
The Road to Ardmore

  9    
The Urisk

10    
The Hebseelie Court

11    
Island Time

12    
The Gusog Feather

13    
The Cailleach

14    
Recovery

15    
The Blue Men of the Minch

16    
Kelly’s Wake

17    
Papa Legba

18    
The Bridge of Impossibilities

19    
Fractals’ Seer

20    
Island Hospitality

21    
The Cu-shee

22    
Cutting Off Witches’ Feet

23    
The Swamp

24    
The Rainbow Bridge

25    
The Fourth Brother

26    
Midwinter Solstice

27    
The Green Man

28    
Stalled

29    
Mustang Flight

30    
Temptation

31    
Thanatos Execution

32    
Preparations

33    
The Edinburgh Coach

34    
Storming the Castle

35    
Deliverance

36    
The Defeat of the Ancient Order of Plutocrats

        
Epilogue

        
Copyright

List of Characters from the
Shian Quest Trilogy

Armina

An enchantress

Arvin

A tutor of music

Aunt Katie

Jack’s aunt

Boreus

A Kildashie

Cal

A HebShian

Caskill

A giant

Clavers

A HebShian lieutenant

Cleo

A girl on Tula

Coll

A HebShian

Comgall

A monk

Cosmo

The leader of the Cos-Howe crew

Daid

A tutor of human lessons

Dara

A McCool

Dermot

A McCool

Doonya

Jack’s uncle

Doxer

An apprentice to Gilmore the tailor

Enda

A McCool

Endora

From Tula

Fenrig

Briannan’s son

Festus

Freya and Purdy’s father

Finbogie

A tutor

Finnegan

A McCool

Freya and Purdy

Jack’s neighbours

Gilmore

The tailor; husband to Barassie

Gilravage and Stram

HebShian youths; friends of Ossian

Grandpa Sandy

A senior Congress member

Grey Wolf

A Shian ‘from across the ocean’

Harald

The Norse leader ‘from the fjords’

Hart and Dorcas

Jack’s uncle and aunt in Keldy

He Who Waits

A Shian ‘from across the ocean’

Hema

From Tula

Henri

Claville Shian leader

Iain Dubh

The HebShian leader

Ishona

Wife of Iain Dubh

Jack Shian

Our hero

John

A seer

Karl

A NorShian

Kedge

A Shian youth from near Edinburgh

Kelly

A McCool

Konan

A Brashat lieutenant

Luka

A seer (see
Jack Shian and the Mapa Mundi
)

Magnus

From Novehowe; leader of the NorShian

Malevola

An enchantress; from Tula

Malicia

From Tula

Marco

A seer (see
Jack Shian and the Mapa Mundi
)

Matthew

A seer (see
Jack Shian and the King’s Chalice
and
Jack Shian and the Mapa Mundi
)

Mawkit

An inhabitant of the Shian square

Morrigan

Fenrig’s sister; a Brashat

Murkle

Tutor of Shian tales

Oobit

A Cos-Howe lad

Ossian

Jack’s cousin; son of Hart and Dorcas

Papa Legba

An enchanter

Petros, Rana and Lizzie

Jack’s cousins

Phineas

Jack’s father

Sanguina

From Tula

Saorbeg

A HebShian lieutenant

Stegos

A Kildashie

Tamlina

An enchantress

Telos

A McCool

The
cailleach

An old healer

The Grey

An enchantress

The Twa Tams

HebShian youths

Shian
(pronounced Shee-an
):

n, the otherworld; creatures living in or coming from the otherworld. Also called daemons, fey, gentry,
daoine matha
[
good men
]
,
portunes, etc. (C. 14; origins debated)

www.shianquest.com

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Prologue

Jack flung the stone into the rock pool as hard as he could. The splash soaked his shirt, but he didn’t care. This waiting around was so
boring
.

Midsummer – now
that
had been exciting. Hunting the swordfish of fortune; finding the
Mapa Mundi
; raising the giant’s bridge; defeating Malevola and the Grey; rescuing his father.

My father …

But he’s still so weak
, thought Jack;
all these years I’ve longed to find him, and it was two months before he could even talk. I still hardly know him
.

But I’ve got Tamlina’s ring.

Jack took the ring from his Sintura belt, and stared hard at the Triple-S spirals. What did they mean?

‘Good things come in threes’, Tamlina had said.
Well, there’s three spirals. Is that really the Destiny Stone, the Chalice, and the
Mapa Mundi
?

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