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John writes original science fiction and fantasy. He's been writing and publishing for over twenty years, most often for the tabletop game industry, but is just starting to produce original fiction of his own.

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John Alleyn     (Tier V Rising Star Author )


by John Alleyn

In a world not quite our own, young Alexandra is driven into exile before she can take her mother's place as queen of her city. Alone but for a single devoted guardsman, she travels to the Athens of Pericles, hoping to find allies. In a world where women are ignored at best, property at worst, can she find the help she needs to return to her proper place? "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

In late morning, a procession set out from the gates of the city.

As always at festival time, the people were in their finest, especially the aristoi who led the procession. Noblemen wore white kilts with elaborate embroidery in blue or crimson, leaving their torsos and most of their legs bare. Their dark hair fell to their shoulders, some in braids, some left in loose cascades of curls. Their beards were carefully trimmed and teased into elaborate curls. Those who were young and fit strod...

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