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CaprionCaprion’s Wings by T. L. Shreffler
A novella of The Cat’s Eye Chronicles.
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By the age of nineteen, all Harpies know how to fly—except Caprion. He has yet pass the test of the Singing and gain his wings. His family has disowned him in shame and people are beginning to talk. Now an evil voice haunts his dreams, taunting him, drawing out his worst fears—that he will remain wingless forever.

Caprion decides to find the root of this insidious voice, no matter what it takes. He journeys to the secret prisons of the Harpy underground, where he meets a young slave named Moss. In those sunless, decrepit cells, a forbidden friendship is formed. Can Caprion and Moss find the source of the voice? And can Caprion save Moss from a terrible fate?

Join young Caprion as he journeys down, down into the earth, finding his wings and forging a friendship that will change him forever.

*Caprion’s Wings is a companion story to The Cat’s Eye Chronicles. As a novella, it is shorter in length, between 40,000-50,000 words. It is meant to be read between Book 3 and Book 4 of the series, but is not an “essential” read.

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  1. cant wait to read it and Ferrans map!!!!! IM SO EXCITED… 😀

  2. I hope when it comes out it is also available on nook as that is my only reading service. It drives me nuts when I can’t finish a series because the last few books don’t every make it to nook

  3. Today is the day! Can’t wait for the book to come out! It has not come out so far and I am hoping that it comes out later today.

    • Yep! Books have posted on all major retail sites except iTunes. iTunes usually takes a few days to update their catalog.

  4. Where can I buy this book!!? It is not available for my iPad or nook!!

    • Amazon has it. You can read it on the Cloud.

    • It’s available on Nook now! 🙂

  5. Dang it, dang it, dang it!

    I know in a previous post somewhere I said this novella was distracting and that I might not read it. well, I read it. What an eye-opener. Very enjoyable. I mean really an incredible story, I would swap all three of the other books for this novella.

    Beyond this point, I believe it is very polite to warn people of spoilers. I consider myself a serious reader and I have a mind to share my opinion.

    What a different world, yet there is a bunch of jarring similarities between the nobles of Sora’s world and the high-ranking harpies of Caprion’s world. It is very skillfully accented.

    At some point, I thought Caprion should have let the Matriarch die, really what good did that do anybody?

    I need to say a few more things. When I first read about Moss, I thought “She’s nothing like Crash.” and then as I read further things began to stand out. Little things that really show you what being an assassin means and you get to appreciate what it means for an assassin to have a name. And you get to realize that Crash is really good at being an assassin. Well, you might say–duh! That’s been emphasized since the beginning. But seriously, it’s really no joke. He’s really good. You don’t know these things until you have something to compare to.

    And I might be generalizing, but assassins don’t do the trust thing very well.

    Really, in the end, it turns out the harpies are not much different from the sixth. They have a coming of age ritual that if you fail you might as well not live. Hmm… Sora had a blooming, didn’t she? So nobles have it too.

    And then there are a few really cool conclusions we can draw: 1) Caprion did help Sora out of the goodness of his heart, even though he did get some benefit. 2) So that’s why Caprion is obsessed with going to the mainland. 3) Caprion never tried using his command song thingy on Moss and it didn’t work when he tried it on Sora… hmmm… the similarity must have caught his attention. 4) When Caprion gets his megapower, he is morally similar to Crash getting his megapower. Both like protecting a lot.

    Okay, that being said, we know Crash moves on to get over some of his morality after he gains his power. We don’t know that Caprion does the same so I’m really excited to see how that plays out. And another thing: Caprion can distinguish the demon from the assassin. That is freaking awesome!

    Okay, I think that’s enough. At some point I need to look up stuff from Volcrian’s hunt. You know, little stuff like how old Caprion is (maybe Moss is still alive!). Any chance Moss is the bug? Stuff like that.

    • Hi Daine!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. 😉 I really liked what you said about Moss and Crash. Moss is also a “weak” specimen of the Sixth Race…someone from a race of hardcore fighters who just isn’t naturally inclined to the task. She tries to display her assassin defenses, but inevitably, “the mask slips.” Crash, on the other hand, is a protege. As you said, it’s fun being able to compare the two and see where they truly fall along the spectrum. I’m hoping to demonstrate that difference further in Book 4, Ferran’s Map, when Crash finally returns to face the Shade.

      And you’re right, assassins really don’t trust anyone. Paranoid and practical–the two P’s.

      A curious note on the cultures of the Cat’s Eye world…I took several cultural anthropology classes in college and learned that every society/culture in the “real world” has coming-of-age ceremonies of one kind or another…in the US, it’s your 21st birthday, or in the past, your sweet 16…in Latin/Spanish cultures you have the quinceanera…more exotically, in many African cultures you have tribal tattoos, days of fasting, tribal “scarring”, etc. I tried to work these tidbits into the different races of the Cat’s Eye world, along with different marriage and birthday ceremonies, different death rites, religious-based traditions, etc. I tried to tie each “coming of age” ceremony into the religion and magic of each race. It was very fun to plan it all out.

      And to save you the frustration of looking up Caprion’s age, it’s 29 in Volcrian’s Hunt. Which makes Moss 23, Crash 25, Sora 18, etc. I don’t think I outright said Caprion’s age in VH because he and Sora had just met.

      Thanks for reading and leaving such a thoughtful comment, I enjoyed reading your thoughts! ~TL

  6. thank you for making this book so affordable, i really enjoyed it.

  7. Do you have any pictures drawn of Moss, I’d like to see one if you have one, and I’d also like to show it to a friend too, I’ve been looking at the pictures of the characters and I figured if Laina was there could Moss be too ??

    • I haven’t drawn any pics of moss but i will do that soon thanks for the request! Happy to update the site with more info

  8. I’ve been thinking of this a lot and I mean A LOT. Is it possible that Moss is the girl that got captured from the epilogue of Viper’s Creed, I mean she is around that age so it would make sense, I also thought about The Krait being that girl wen she showed up but then Moss appeared in Caprion’s Wings so it may still be possible, also I think that if Moss died, that could be a good reason of why The Matriarch and Caprion are fond of Laina. I don’t want to know the exact answer but I do want to know if I can find out in Ferran’s Map. Thank you!

    • Yes you can find out in Ferran’s Map! I like reading your thoughts about this its fun to get all of you (readers) thinking… 😉

      • Thank you and you’re welcome too, I like reading their comments too, it shows how much I have in common with random strangers who love these books as much as I do

  9. Also from the comment I just posted Caprion’s Wings is a book that happened years before Volcrians Hunt (10 years to be exact) so I think that helps my theory because Crash was around that age ten years before too, okay back to the other comment

    • Me thinks you’re right. No pressure Shreffler. Surprise us.

      (And Shreffler, I really wish I’d read your reply before I spent three days trying to find the ages of the characters. Practically reread the whole thing. I’m not complaining.)

      • Lol because of all the questions I’ve made a point to discuss character ages in Book 4. In my writer’s brain, I think of the characters as having approx. ages, but I suppose realism demands a solid number. 😉

  10. I loved the book! I hopefully am not the only one seeing a connection between Bug, Moss, and Krait. Lots of evidence throughout these books have made my thoughts more solid. Keep up the good work c:

  11. was just wondering why I can not find Caprion’s Wings or Ferran’s Map for my samsung phone?

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