The Redstone Saga
The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience - that is the hero’s deed." Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
from Redstone's Valley
"This land, this valley, these hills,
is this not a special place?"
"It is home."
"More than home, Maria." Daniel spoke with an intensity she had not heard from him before. "It is a sacred place. Do you not feel it?"
"I feel it," she whispered.
The Redstone Saga consists of works of historical fiction/fantasy, all set in the Texas Hill Country, and all relating to the lives and adventures of of the Thorne-Redstone family.
The Redstone Trilogy:
In progress: A series of western fantasy novels set in the vicinity of the Texas Hill Country's legendary Enchanted Rock.
A collection of short stories and adventures featuring the characters of the Redstone Trilogy. The anthology is now available through Amazon Kindle:
complete short stories, featuring Daniel "Two Horses" Thorne-Redstone
and his friend, Jake Holder, set during a ten-year period, between 1837 and
1847, in the Texas Hill Country, in the vicinity of its Enchanted Rock.
This anthology and its stories introduce the characters, Daniel and Jake, whose further adventures, and those of their descendants, will be explored in The Redstone Trilogy, a series of western fantasy novels set between 1852 and 1883 - and beyond.
The four stories in this anthology are:
"Vision Quest," an extended version of a short-short tale which was published earlier, where Daniel Two-Horses Thorne goes on his first quest, to find his spirit guides and to become a Penateka warrior.
"Incident at Bandera Pass," an earlier version of another short-short story has been revised for this volume, introduces a Texas Ranger, Jake Holder, and tells the story of his actions at the Battle of Bandera Pass, and of his meeting with a white warrior, who will become a part of his future.
"A Time for Peace," briefly available through Smashwords as a single short story, now a part of this anthology, has Daniel and Jake racing to stop a possible massacre, and witnessing negotiations for the only treaty between a group of America's native people and pioneer settlers that was never broken: The Meusebach/Comanche treaty of 1847. During the story, Daniel confronts a shadow from his past, and comes to a peace of his own.
"A Time for Love," a completely new story which takes place in the early community of Fredericksburg, Texas, during the signing of the Meusebach/Comanche Treaty, where Jake meets a woman who will change his destiny, and where Daniel's life begins to turn in a new direction.
A Brief Backstory Account For the Saga
In 1819, Daniel Thorne, younger son of a New Orleans merchant seaman family, set out with his wife and children from Nacogdoches, in the Spanish New World territory of Tejas, for the community at San Antonio de Bexar. Along the way, his group was attacked by members of a band of Penateka Comanche. Daniel and his wife Rachel were both killed. Their 21-year-old son, William, was severely wounded and left for dead. Their 15-year-old daughter Alice was captured.
William survived, and was taken to San Antonio by his father’s friend, James Bowie. As soon as he recovered, with Bowie’s help, he began working to find his sister. It was not until 1822, after the defeat of the Spanish, and the establishment of an independent Mexico, that Alice was found, along with an infant son, whose light brown hair and blue eyes belied the fact that his father was a Penateka warrior.
The baby boy’s uncle decided that it would be wiser to keep the Comanche connection a secret. The boy was named Daniel, after his grandfather. As soon as it was feasible, William returned to New Orleans with his sister and their “younger brother,” insisting to everyone there that the young Daniel was his and Alice's brother, born to their mother Rachel just before her death in Texas.
The young Daniel Thorne grew up in the protected environment of the merchant class of New Orleans society. When he was fourteen, he sailed around the world as a crewman on a family-owned clipper ship as part of his training to take his place in the family’s trading company.
He returned to New Orleans at 16, to learn of the death of the woman he had believed to be his older sister. Among papers she left behind, Daniel found references to his birth, and to his true father, the Comanche warrior who married Alice, his mother, shortly after she was taken captive.
He returned to Texas to
find his father in January of 1836, and was advised of his parentage, and the
probable location of his father’s band, by James Bowie of San Antonio.
He immediately left San Antonio
to find his father, and his quest took him deep into the hill country of what
would soon become the Republic
of Texas, and to the
magical medicine hill, the singing rock, the sacred red stone of the Penateka
The Redstone Saga tells the story of his life, and the lives of his friends and descendants, all of them a part of the history of the Texas Hill County and the myths and legends of its Enchanted Rock.