2013 A-Z Challenge: R is for Ryann
Written by Paul Dorset

Taken straight from the author's own description of this awesome story:

"Living during a time when children were sold as indentured servants, Ryann must find a way to buy her freedom before the bullying son of her lord and master exacts a deathly vengeance upon her. The castle at Walthern is inhabited by lords and soldiers, potion-makers and sclavas; all trying to eke out an existence in an unforgiving country laid waste by battle. With only a tattered yellow nightdress, two dark brown dresses, and a small assortment of odds and ends, what chance does Ryann have of beating the odds?"

Chapter 3 is where I was brought to tears out of my grief over losing a character I felt attached to. In this scene, a young slave girl (a sclava) is pleading with a younger sclava friend of hers not to pass on and leave her alone, and it left me in literal tears.

The following is the last line from chapter 3: "Ryann pulled Megan's hand toward her face and kissed it. No, don't die, Megan. You don't have to die. You can keep your money. You and I can both earn enough to be free. You'll see."

This book is less than 30,000 words, so it's a fast read - and better than that - it's on the freebie list!

Smashwords Edition available right Here.