It's time for us to take good look at my third series-- The Streets of Maradaine-- launching in March with The Holver Alley Crew. This is a new series with new characters, and can be your first book-- your entry into Maradaine-- without having read anything else.
The Holver Alley Crew is a story of the desperate and impoverished of Maradaine, on the west side of the city, specifically the neighborhood of North Seleth. North Seleth is a sort of non-neighborhood neighborhood-- and the folks that live there are an odd mix. The sort that are "too Druth for the Little East, not Druth enough for the rest of the city".
Asti and Verci Rynax are exactly that. Born and raised in Maradaine, with a Kieran father and Kieran names, they've spent most their lives on the wrong side of the law. Born into that thieving life, they know each other's plans, they know the people in the life, they know how to get jobs done.
But they tried to go straight. Life continued to beat them down, but they pooled what little they had together to create a shop, be honest businessmen in an honest trade.
And then the fire came, and destroyed all that.
So they have to start again, with only what they know.