Kost gazed at him from the corner of her eye. “Are you allies, combat partners? Lovers?”
There was a long moment of silence between them before Saito admitted, “All of them. Sparring and combat partners, friends, lovers. Yeah, all of them.”
“She’s married to Lord Hara.”
Saito sighed and rubbed the back of his head uncomfortably. “I’m aware.”
“She’s got ties to royalty and nobility in every kingdom.”
The officer chuckled. “And she’s the emperor of Xu’s consort.”
Kost’s mouth fell agape. “What?”
Saito grimaced. “Oh, she… hadn’t broke that to you yet.”
Somewhat disgusted, Kost muttered, “Why would she allow herself to be used—”
“Hold up, hold up. Jia’s the one using us,” interrupted Saito, amused. “We fell for her. That includes the emperor of Xu. She retains her title for appearance’s sake.”
“And you’re fine… with sharing her? With knowing that she’s sleeping with men of higher status than you?” asked Kost incredulously. “What happens if she comes with child?”
Saito shrugged. “She can’t have children. Look, I don’t want this news to alter how you view her. She chose us.”
Ewen the Midwife
It's All Tied Together
Ewen comes from humble roots, even if his father was personal aid to the queen of Liang. As a young man from a village in the mountains, Ewen grew up with a mother who was employed as a midwife--someone who assists in childbirth. Ewen was moderately educated by his parents and literate, so it comes as no surprise that his mother would have passed down her skills, especially since the village was so remote.
The majority of The Dragon's Son focuses on Ewen discovering his own Power, something he inherited from his father. Ewen told me early on that, although he had never taken the helm of a birth, that he would feel obligated to do his best should the opportunity arise. And... arise it did.
Intent on saving not one, but two lives, Ewen takes it upon himself to spearhead the birthing efforts of a refugee who has managed to escape Iksu. Of course, the endeavor is almost thwarted when Jia interrupts him with a desperate plea.
As a mother--and new adult author--I wanted to find a healthy balance between conveying the intensity of childbirth and graphicness. Millions of women throughout human history have died in childbirth--and rightfully so. That's why midwives were so crucial to the process. Ewen's presence altered the course of the young mother and her child.
I knew from the beginning that Ewen was going to make a life-altering sacrifice and that he was going to essentially teleport himself out of his realm of existence.
Once gone though, where would he end up?
Ewen is the enigmatic being who ties together the worlds of The Aurora Chronicles, Cardinal Zero, and The Falkrow Narratives.
Read Breach Effect to learn more.