“What a wonderful story. Walter a young powerful mage meets Claire as she helps him evade the soldiers after he steels some apples. Claire hates magik and mages and resents Walter as he tries to help her. They go on adventures together, with Claire as a reluctant participant. What grows between them is genuine friendship and eventually love. The final battle arrives as The Sire is discovered and the evil king is defeated.
Well done M.S.Fowle and I look forward to reading more of your work.