The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event

About the Book by Hawk MacKinney

The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event
Among the close-kin clans of western rural Malfesian Murians, farming and gelf ranches are long held traditions. Times are good…full barns, fat gelf calves and large families thrive among the sprawling grain fields and hamlets and the river from which they derive their name—the Feldon. Word comes with the trade caravans that times are not so good in the regions far to the east of the Feldon River: tumultuous changes stir among the remote province of Bleikovia. Old timer Feldovats shrug it off as one more squabble between clans over boundaries or water rights…too distant to affect the Feldovats.

The western clans learn too late, however, it is no local squabble. Outnumbered and unprepared, Feldovats resist a hoard bent on plunder and conquest. Days of battle along the Feldon River stain the riverbanks in green Murian blood. In the finals days of exhausted fighting, Judikar Klarvko Celo, leader of the Clan Klarvkon and the Feldovats, is fatally stabbed with the slow-acting sevon poison. The Judikar’s consort, Etikaa Klarvkaa, becomes Regentkaa, and with Celovat Field Commander Korvo Celo serving as her advisor, she leads the demoralized Feldovat survivors on a gruesome ill-prepared winter trek through high mountain passes of ice and blizzard snow in an attempt to elude the Green Dragon forces of the Bleikovats.

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Etkaa’s only son, Klarvko Celo II, helps spirit Feldovat young across a remote mountain exodus to the west toward Eedov Province. The battered, starving Feldovats reach the Malfesian coast at Eedov City only to be confronted with their implacable enemy determined to destroy the remaining Klarvkon rabble. Taking passage on crowded lumbering Maalonovion freighters, Feldovats and Malfesian refugees set sail. On arrival in Maalon City they are welcomed among their Maalon hosts, and settle into a new life.

But famine and a pandemic pestilence stir old hates and nurse former ambitions. The enraged Overseers of Bleikovia move against the Klarvkons, this time bringing bloodshed to Maalonovia. The exiles from the Feldon must fight once again, but starvation and plague across the Planete Myr make it a different war from the battles along the Feldon…a na’ä blikovat…the Bleikovvat Phenomenon…an event with unexpected consequences and outcomes none could have foreseen.

Before the vendetta killing is exhausted, the Regentkaa Klarvkaa and her son are swept onto the Maalon throne, setting the Klarvkon Dynasty and the Murians toward an intergalactic golden age, and a star-flung destiny the once-agrarian Feldovats could never have envisaged.

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Savage disruptions fell to the northeast, far beyond the river of the Feldovats. Like a great hungry migrating herd, the well-provisioned Bleikovat invasion stormed across the sparsely settled Bremanovion uplands and adjacent borders with Dornovia. The onslaughts organized and coordinated. Clan Elder Heldo Dorno’s call to arms came too late. Dornovats and Bormeikovats fought side by side, their uncoordinated resistance fierce, and just as quickly, subdued and overrun. Bleikovat slash-and-burn strikes were no tribal skirmishes, and did not stop until the Green Dragon banner of their legionnaires reached the northern ice fields along the frontiers of the Feldovat provinces. In the confusion of burning fields and farms, Elder Heldo Dorno and a large band of Dornovat fighters slipped across the ill-defined borders into the provinces of the Feldovats. Bleikovat ground units sealed off the borders. Dornovia and Bormeikovia provinces were put under military occupation.

In the market square of Dorno’s largest settlement, a cordon of armed legionnaires rounded up bewildered and confused Dornovats. In full battle armor, the imperious Bleikovat Field Overseer stepped up onto the podium. His stone-faced gaze fixed above the heads of the sullen faces below him. His aide read the first diktats. “A new era of political arrangements is proclaimed. By the Overseers of Bleikovia supreme obiter dicta—Dorno is annexed into greater Bleikovia-Dorno. Dornovat males of clanhood now serve under Bleikovat commands. Any Malfesovian formerly of Bremanovia and Dorno not following Bleikovat orders will be arrested. Henceforth, outer garments, including tunic, toga, khiton or cape, must bear the Green Dragon crest of Clan Krrakov of Bleikovia. The Dragon crest will be worn in the center of a shield, on the upper left shoulder or below left mid-waist. Display of other crests is forbidden. Any Malfesovian, Dornovat or Bremanovat in possession of shields, toga or banner bearing crests other than the Green Dragon of the Krrakovats will be executed.”

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About the Author

With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk MacKinney Author PhotoHawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention. Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.

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30 Responses to The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event

  1. Mai T.

    I love the intriguing cover the most from today’s post!

    • Mai T – nice seeing U again…thank U or following the tour. We writers have fun interacting with our readers/followers. And thanx again for the compliment to the graphic artist that designed the cover…he dun good! Also…thank U for your remark about today’s post(s). Artist, editor, writer…WE…are a team. I couldn’t have presented this without the hard work of other members of OUR group. They deserve kudos for their expertise. You’ll like the cover of Vol-II of the Cairns series, The Missing Planets which tours starting week after next, the 25th. Thanx for stopping by & commenting –

      Hawk MacK

  2. Lilac REVIEWS -Thank U for hosting The Bleikovat Event International Book Tour, Vol-I in The Cairns of Saintuaries series with its mix of genre(s) and characters. It is much appreciated. For readers following my Sci-Fi titles, Vol-II, has been released. Vol-III is in the edit stage with Vol-IV in the Saintuarie series to follow.

    Hawk MacKinney

  3. Betty W

    Amazing cover! This sounds like an intriguing book! Thank you for the great post and contest!

  4. Betty W – I’ll pass your thanx on to the cover artist & to the editor that collated the post(s) to this site. If U like Bleikovat, Vol-II the Missing Planets tour starts the 25th of this month…its cover is amazing…& I didn’t put that one together either. Thank U for stopping by & commenting & good luck with the contest –

    Hawk MacK

  5. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a great read.

    • Rita WRAY – and a fun tale to spin. Vol-II starts its tour the 25th of this month & was even funner to paste together. Thank U for stopping by, commenting –

      Hawk MacK

  6. Victoria

    Great trailer and excerpt.. I’m looking forward to reading this. Thanks for sharing!

    • VICTORIA – The video is way more than a trailer – the graphics artist put together video for each of my titles that are toured with Goddess Fish & the hosts’ sites. Sound tracks, videos, I often listen to them myself – they are so well done, as you say, so is the excerpt. Thank U. I’ll pass your compliment to them. Hope U enjoy the read – it expands the videos. Vol-II of the Cairns series starts the 25th of this month & its video has been put on my HmK website. Thank U for stopping by & commenting…enjoy the fantasy romp thru Bleikovat…it ain’t all fiction…

      Hawk MacK

  7. momjane

    What an exciting sounding story. Loved the excerpt.

    • momJANE – Thank U…it was fun putting together & like we all do…thru umpteen re-writes. Excerpt was beautifully done by the editor…caught all the hi-point hooks. Thank U for stopping, commenting –

      Hawk MacK

  8. Eva Millien

    Enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hawk, after a long day at work I had a chance to come check out the comments. Thanks so very much for stopping by and interacting with our readers! We love finding new authors to love on… have a great weekend.

    • FELITA – After a long day at anything, even what one enjoys, it always helps to kick back with comments or starting a new blog. Lilac Reviews gives a crisp clean look to the webpages & it’s easy to navigate. I’ve enjoyed my tours/blasts/reviews associated with Goddess Fish & the writers & readers & commenters. Meeting/responding to my readers is lots of fun. I’ve too many manuscripts that leave little time for the social media -BUT- I have always been fortunate to be able to steal kick-back times. It was a pleasure to participate, i.e. my ‘thank U’ to Lilac REVIEWS as I commented above for hosting. I wish U the best of successes. Break time is over…it’s time to get on with my edit of Vol-III of the Cairns saga…there’s one of my Ingram thrillers waiting for my red pen. Vol-II of Cairns starts the 25th of this month. Again…thank U – perhaps we readers-writers will cross paths again…

      Hawk MacK

  10. Glenda S. Hefty

    I enjoyed the excerpt..sounds like a great read!

    • Glenda S. HEFTY – Thank U…I’ll pass your compliment on to the graphic artist. I liked the excerpt too…hope U enjoy the read.

      Hawk MacK

  11. Betty W

    My favorite was the author’s bio! Thank you for the great post and contest!

    • Betty W – Thank U…just a few things I’ve dabbled in; reflected in my bks. The post was done very well – thanx to Lilac Review & Goddess Fish & my editor…an artist in her own right. Good luck on the contest –


  12. Megan A

    sounds like an interesting read! lots of interesting names, thats for sure

    • Megan A – interesting read, interesting names, interesting grammar right in the middle of the languages we speak…a twist with our histories, that’s for sure. Thanx for stopping by, commenting –


  13. Lisa Coomer Queen

    Looks like a great book! Would love to read it!

    • Lisa Coomer QUEEN – thanx for stopping by & commenting. Lilac Reviews is a well-organized site, & it’s easy to navigate; fun to participate. Hope U enjoy Bleikovat…Vol-II The Missing Planets begins its tour a week from tomorrow –

      Hawk MacK

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