About The Book:
Flames of Nevyana by Edward Willett
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing
Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also divides her people into three distinct groups. In the wrong hands, it becomes a formidable weapon. When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out to find them, and their paths converge on a collision course with the truth. Can they bridge the centuries-old divide between their communities? Or will their search for the truth and the explosive power of Blue Fire signal the end of Nevyana? Biography Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than fifty books of fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults. He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne; their teenage daughter, Alice; and their Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.
Samarrind, Wisest of the Wise Women of Arrica, shorter and slighter of build than Amlinn but white-haired with age, knelt in the dirt with her wagon-partner, Milla. Even Milla was twenty years Amlinn’s senior. Milla leaned back to wipe her brow, and gave Amlinn a friendly wave before continuing to scoop out a shallow depression. Then she picked up the Fence’s Keystone, resting at her side, and placed it in the depression. The complex twining shape of the copper-filled sigil carved into the black stone glinted dully in the gray light.
Samarrind slowly straightened her back, grimacing. “Daughter,” she greeted Amlinn. “How was your day?”
“Long. Boring,” Amlinn said truthfully.
Milla climbed to her feet, brushing the dirt from her hands, and helped Samarrind stand too. The Wisest looked down at the half-buried Keystone. “Very good.” Then she turned to survey the rest of the camp.
Other pairs of Wise Women worked on either side of them, about fifty steps in each direction. To their right, one of the women waved. A moment later, so did one to their left. Samarrind nodded. “The circle is complete. The lesser Stones are in place.” She glanced west toward the rain clouds that were sweeping ever nearer. “The sun is almost down. Step aside, Milla, and I will activate the Keystone.”
Milla respectfully took three steps backward.
Though the gathering clouds were impenetrable to Amlinn’s vision, she knew that whether the sun was visible or not, Samarrind could tell to within a few seconds exactly when it would set each day.
“Almost time,” Samarrind murmured. She knelt, and from beneath her robes drew a rod about the length and diameter of Amlinn’s little finger and made of copper carved with delicate, intricate symbols. She closed her eyes. “Almost.”
Amlinn might have been imagining it, but it seemed to her that the gathering twilight darkened at the same instant that Samarrind touched the rod to the sigil of the Keystone.
With a crackle, the Fence sprang instantly to life and a wall of glowing blue light surrounded the Freefolk camp. The hair on Amlinn’s head and arms stirred as though alive, and a sharp smell assaulted her nostrils. Some Freefolk claimed to hate it, but she loved that smell. It meant the Fence was working. It meant the Nightdwellers couldn’t get in.
It meant tonight, no children would lose their parents to the monsters of the forest as Amlinn had when she was four.
About The Author:
Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than fifty books of fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults. He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne; their teenage daughter, Alice; and their Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.
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