The raven that had visited them twice before landed on the balcony with a loud caw. They all stared as the bird spread its wings and cocked its head at them, a pine needle in its beak. Its black eyes gleamed with something more than animal intelligence.
I love to write about Vell’s connection to the natural world, and especially the forests of Otharn. The forests were a refuge in his youth, and as he grew to manhood he met his first love there – the mysterious ranger, who fathered Vell’s daughter Jormuna.
The raven we see here is one befriended by Vell, tamed with seeds and scraps, and possibly a hint of magic as well. Vell named the bird Bryef, meaning messenger, and trained her to act as his emissary, sending hints to show his brother where to find him.
Vell and Lonn will be reunited in book four of the series – Rebel Prince, and at least some of the credit should go to Bryef the raven.
Painting by MavvoZ