Here’s a snippet from my latest publication, SHIFTY: TALES FROM THE WORLD OF SAGE. SAGE, in case you don’t know, is my fantasy trilogy.
In this excerpt from the first story in the collection, “The Gleaming Ones”, Kinnan has been rescued from his wounds by a woman who speaks to him from within impenetrable fog and who leads him indoors.
excerpt from SHIFTY
by Marian Allen
Flames leaped up in the central hearth, revealing the interior of a snug round wooden hut, sparsely furnished. And, but for himself, empty. Kinnan’s scalp tightened and his heart squeezed and thudded. He tried to stand, but his legs betrayed him. He sat again, his weight causing the wooden bed-frame to creak.
When his eyes adjusted to the glare, he saw the figure he had missed before. A woman faced away from him, pouring water from a wooden jug into a basin. She wore a short, unbelted sepia tunic over an ivory gown.
“You’re ill-dressed for a walk in the dark,” he said.
When she turned, he saw eyes of the true, pure-blood Istoki lavender in a rose-tinted bronze-brown face, the caramel curls closely cropped. Around her neck was a torque of ceramic set with opals, and her gown and tunic were richly embroidered. The embroidery was studded with tiny silver bells which tinkled with any sudden move.
“These are my hunting clothes,” she said, in the voice from the fog.
“What do you hunt in clothes like that?”
It can also be ordered by your friendly neighborhood independent bookstore:
- ISBN-10: 1942166206
- ISBN-13: 978-1942166207
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Someone is rescued — or are they?