Another Sneak Preview For “Daughter Of Blood, The Wall Of Night Book Three”
A while back, I shared a sneak preview of the synopsis for Daughter of Blood.
I’m currently doing my very last read-through of the edited Daughter of Blood manuscript before it goes to production (that’s copyediting, proofing etc. as a precursor to the whole sales, marketing, publicity gig) and was struck by a couple of paragraphs that I hope may share a flavour of the text without giving away any spoilers.
So here they are—another wee sneak preview, to mitigate (if not make up for) this week’s by-no-means-great news that Daughter of Blood will not be published until January 2016. 🙁
“…Malian gathered herself. Breathing in the resin of the pines, mingled with acrid earth, she brought the two places together in her mind, folding the distance between them. For a moment she stood poised between the quiet stable with its scents of horses and leather and hay, and the darkness beneath the pines with its thickly layered needles and scattered cones. She smelt sheep dung, too, scattered amongst the tree roots—and opened her portal, out of the stable and into the hollow in the foothills.
Peta, Raven’s mare, tossed up her head, but he spoke a quiet word and she steadied. Hani pricked her ears forward and then both horses followed Raven through the gate. Malian waited until the mares’ tails had swished clear before following, letting the opening close as soon as she stood on the foothill side. The imprint of the stable lingered briefly against the darkness and then there was just the pine grove, with the wind sighing down from the high peaks, bringing the chill of snow.”
~ from © Daughter Of Blood, The Wall of Night Book Three
(I don’t think it’s a spoiler—or certainly not much of one!—to reveal that Malian and Raven are traveling together, at least at this point in the story, since we left them together at the end of The Gathering Of The Lost.)
And another sneak peek… This one crept into a recent interview I did with Lorna Suzuki, but I re-posted it here: