'After the Rain', by J.C. Wilder - Li leaves her village after her family's betrayal and seeks to create a new life for herself. She accepts a job at Graystone House as the keeper of the Evil Oneshundreds of stone gargoyles that fill a chamber from top to bottom and rumored to be the victims of the infamous Lady of Maragorn. Li only knows that the job fills her with dread, especially when she has to deal with one statue in particular, that of Nikolaz of Riverhaven. 'The Shattered Stone', by Rosemary Laurey - Exiled, on her parents' death, from the only home she's ever known, Alys sets off to find her mother's kin in the far Western Lands. On the way, she meets the Monarch's envoy - Ranald ven Strad. The chance meeting leads to an astounding discovery.