Set in the far future, Trailing Kaiwulf combines science fiction with romantic elements, and the story of an archaeologist studying mankind's exploration of the galaxy.
About the Book
Title Trailing Kaiwulf
Genre Science Fiction with Romantic Elements
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
About the Story
Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military types at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done.
Ordered back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than any they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. With this much money, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover.
But locating this quarry might be a bit past even their considerable skills. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? And who, exactly, is footing a bill this steep? Certainly not the archaeologist in charge. The military wants to get involved, but they have no monetary stake either. Which prompts the question of who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf.
Where This Is
This story is set in the same universe as other books I've written, including Surrender Love, Wulf, Alitus, Jawk, Forbid My Heart, For Women Only, and At the Mercy of Her Pleasure. Those books take place in the Tarthian Empire. Trailing Kaiwulf happens in the Colonies of Man, which is beyond those borders. The planet Ust was thought to be uninhabited. Overrun by vegetation and constantly wet from rain, the joke is that was called Rust, but the R rusted and fell off. In truth, it is one of the farthest planets on the outskirts of the colonies, and home to only a few dozen humans.
Why the Drama
What makes this world the center of attention is a set of "gates" -- arches like others found on various planets throughout this part of space. The gates on Ust, however, are functional and used by the inhabitants. Which makes them the archaeological find of the century.
|Gates of Life|
Picture the Saint Louis Arch on a smaller scale, and then imagine two of them next to each other. Thicker, squatter, but with arcane markings etched deeply into their surfaces. In this art by Jamin Allen, you can see the relative size (note the human figure at the bottom left). Detiza is in the Tarthian Empire, and is a world completely overgrown by massive plant life. Archaeologists have speculated about this world's history for centuries. No human life exists here, although it must have, judging by the gates. On Ust, the humans have an annual ritual. The priestess inserts a "holy instrument" (a key) into a slot, and then all the villagers pass through the gates in single file, with the youngest being carried through. For the past ten years, though, the ritual has been abandoned, because Kaiwulf stole the key. When the archaeologist who discovers the site hears the story, and then runs into him (literally) in a cave, she realizes Kaiwulf is able to fade out of this dimension and into another one. She hires TRAIL to find him and bring him back. But how do you find an invisible man in another dimension?
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About the Author
Kayelle Allen is the best selling author of the Tarthian Empire Companion, an Illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series.
Full website http://kayelleallen.com