Meet A Whirling Dervish

WinterWheat

Do you know what a whirling Dervish is?  Neither do I—I made him up based on the Tasmanian Devil from the old Bugs Bunny cartoons.  I was a child of the 60’s and Bugs Bunny was something to watch back then when there was no such thing as Care Bears, Teletubbies or SpongeBob SquarePants.

Nowadays the term “whirling dervish” means: In the realm of religious fanaticism a whirling Dervish was somebody who spun round and round until they got so dizzy they entered a prophetic state.

In The Broken Circle, Winter Wheat raises a whirling Dervish from the dead.  He was an animal also known as a Watcher, a cross between a dragon and a guard dog.  The Dervish whirls as a defense mechanism—his spiked tail can kill anyone close enough to harm the First Folk family he protects.  A domesticated Dervish will guard his family for life, something you will see clearly in Book Two.  What do any of you think about putting a whirling Dervish on the cover of Secrets of the Lost Caves?

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