Through Kestrel’s Eyes, the sequel to Back From Chaos in the Earth’s Pendulum trilogy begins seventeen years later. The peace that followed the end of the Red Plague is shattered when the lords of Gharn and Leith are toppled by traitors, throwing the land into chaos
Liannis, the goddess Earth’s seer, her apprenticeship interrupted by the death of her mentor, must help restore the Balance. Until it is, Earth’s power is weakened, preventing Earth from sustaining the rains needed for good harvests. Drought and famine result.
Liannis battles self-doubt and the lure of forbidden romance and deep loss as she faces tests that take her to the brink of her endurance.
But Earth sends a kestrel that allows Liannis to see with her eyes and a white horse to carry her, both with the ability to mind-speak.
Time is short. The people with starve if Earth cannot heal and the Balance cannot be restored.
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.
Cloud and Kira are Liannis' horse and kestrel, both of whom have the ability to mind-speak with Liannis. In this scene they are looking for Klast, Liannis' father, who is in serious danger. The animals are her close companions and so she tolerates the water running down her back rather than ask Kira to fly above. These friends are a comfort to her. They are also occasional sources of amusement.
Through Kestrel's Eyes
The mud clung to Cloud’s hoofs and hocks and made it hard for her to pull them free. I chaffed at the slowness of our pace but knew I could urge Cloud no faster without risking a broken ankle. She grumbled at me a few times, but seemed to sense the urgency of the situation and did not try to slow her pace. Kira sat on her perch on my shoulder, not wishing to fly or hunt in the rain. The water dripped off her feathers and ran down my neck, making the oiled leathers I wore to keep out the rain almost useless.