A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer’s Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He’s currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York. Article 9, the first in his ambitious Blockade Trilogy, is Jonathan’s first full-length novel.Official Website
Anjou Jen was born into a peasant family in the mountains, working the local lord’s lands for a meager subsistence. Anjou worked competently as he was told, but his eyes never strayed from the horizon and his mind never stopped wondering what else was in the world. At the age of 9 he left his village and traveled until he came to the Sankin Kotai monastery, which he had heard of but never seen.
For three days he stood before the great oaken doors, waiting. After the third day, the doors opened and a wizened man in red robes bade him enter. Over the next decade, Anjou was taught to defend himself and to attack; the ways of mustering and channeling his *ki* into physical acts, and learned letters, handwriting, and reading.
Now, his Master has ordered him away from his home and out into the world, to learn about the rigors of life. Brother Anjou has no idea what lies ahead but will not refuse his trial.