The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head – v.2 – THE STORM-WING by Lorinda J Taylor
If you enjoy tales of high adventure and battles with strange monsters (with a theme of sibling rivalry running through the mix), you will love The Storm-Wing! At the end of v.1 (The War of the Stolen Mother), the Champion of the Shshi (termite people) Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head and its Companions set out to cross the dangerous Nu’wiv’mi Marsh on their way to visit a friend in the mountains.
They soon encounter and do battle with the Marsh Guardians — huge sauro-avians that attack from the air with beak, claw, showers of poisonous dung, and barbed feathers. Ki’shto’ba lops off the leg of the King-Bird but fails to kill him, with consequences that will prove ominous. The Quest is then diverted in a southerly direction, where a fortress being terrorized by a water monster requests Ki’shto’ba’s aid.
As a reward for slaying this creature, Ki’shto’ba is granted the surname of Monster Slayer. Finally the Quest heads west, where the Companions find themselves in the domain of the Marchers, a Shshi people ruled by another great Champion.
After an eventful sojourn among the Marchers, whose Seer pronounces some disturbing prophecies regarding the Quest, the Companions at last turn northward into Northern Nasute country. There they find that the fortress of their friend Sa’ti’a’i’a is being invaded nightly by a monster that resembles a primitive Shi. Ki’shto’ba kills this formidable enemy, only to find it must also eliminate the monster’s mother, who lives in caves under a lake and is even more fearsome …