What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.
I’m delighted to welcome author Emma Miles to booksaremycwtches with an extract from her novel The Raven Tower.
In this extract the main protagonist, Kesta, is staying within the castle at Taurmaline, seat of the Elden king. She has just learned the price that the Elden king has asked for his aid.
She knew her father needed to speak with her, but she didn’t care. She went straight to her room and slammed the door behind her. Tears sprang to her eyes, and that made her even more furious and grabbing blindly at the edge of the table she flipped it over; the dishes and candles making a satisfying crash. Her eyes fell on the dresses the Elden had provided her and snatching one up she gripped the fabric to tear it, her teeth clenched in a snarl. It refused to rip and hurling it across the room gave no relief.
She sat heavily on the edge of the bed, her heart pulsing against her lungs.
But what else could they do? Without help the Fulmers would be conquered; even with Elden their chances looked bleak. She shuddered, wiping her eyes roughly with the heal of her hand. Was there any honourable way out of this without condemning her people to death?
She went to the window and opened the shutters; breathing in deeply the cold air. She realised she was shaking, and she wrapped her arms around herself. The rain had finally stopped, but the wind was still fierce. She looked down at the courtyard below; a wagon full of eggs was being unloaded and laughter drifted up in snatches. All of a sudden it hit her hard that she might never go home again.
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About the author
I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write. My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.