Klast, loner, assassin and spy, has no idea that his destiny is linked to the maid he is sent to rescue. But even before he can fulfill it he must wrestle with his own demons, and help Lord Gaelen unmask a traitor. Failure will upset the Balance that Earth, goddess, needs to provide good harvests, health and peace. Earth has shown Liethis, true seer, that unless Klast completes his missions, more catastrophes, like the Red Fever that ravages the population, will follow. Time is short.
Yvonne Hertzberger a native of the Netherlands, immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130 year old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family
Hertzberger is an alumna of The University of Waterloo, first with a B.A. in psychology, then and Hon. B.A. Sociology and stopped ½ a thesis short of an M.A. in Sociology. She is an avid student of human behaviour. This, and her personal experiences are what give her the insights she uses to develop the characters in her writing.
Hertzberger came to writing late in life, hence the label ‘late bloomer’. Her first Fantasy novel “Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum” was published in 2009. The second volume in the planned trilogy “Through Kestrel’s Eyes” is available currently and the third book in the trilogy “The Dreamt Child” is pending.
Klast is my favourite character. He has the uncanny ability to melt into the background so as to be almost invisible, an ability he has honed to perfection.
This is your first real introduction to Klast. He is a tortured soul who has suffered much but, in spite of that, has kept his integrity. You might ask how can there be honour or integrity in acting as the lord's assassin? It's a long story and a major sub-plot of this book. I don't want to give that away.
Back From Chaos
From long habit, Klast followed close behind, his keen eyes missing little. Over years of practice, Klast had honed his powers of observation. He had mastered reading the subtle signs that gave away others’ attitudes better than anyone else on the One Isle. He had also developed the tricks of posture and dress that allowed him to blend so well that people often did not notice his presence or forgot he was there. These skills had made him invaluable to the late Lord Bargest in his duties as spy and assassin.