Grey [Elemental Masters Series]
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by Mercedes Lackey
Category: Fantasy/Young Adult
Description: Sarah Jane was sent from her home in Africa to school in London because her parents felt it would be better for her health. Given conditions in London, however, she might have been safer in the African jungle.
eBook Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 1997 Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine #37
eBookwise Release Date: July 2007
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [26 KB]
Reading time: 13-19 min.
For nine years, Sarah Jane Lyon-White lived happily with her parents in the heart of Africa. Her father was a physician, her mother, a nurse and they worked at a Protestant mission in the Congo. She was happy there, not the least because her mother and father were far more enlightened than many another mission worker in the days when Victoria was Queen; taking the cause of healing as more sacred than that of conversion, they undertook to work with the natives, and made friends instead of enemies among the shamans and medicine-people. Because of this, Sarah was a cherished and protected child, although she was no stranger to the many dangers of life in the Congo.
When she was six, and far older in responsibility than most of her peers, one of the shaman brought her a parrot-chick still in quills; he taught her how to feed and care for it, and told her that while it was a child, she was to protect it, but when it was grown, it would protect and guide her. She called the parrot "Grey," and it became her best friend--and indeed, although she never told her parents, it became her protector as well.
But when she was nine, her parents sent her to live in England for the sake of her health. And because her mother feared that the climate of England would not be good for Grey's health, she had to leave her beloved friend behind.