Yes, it’s almost here and I’m really excited – and not a little nervous – that the sequel to my popular fantasy novel, The Eynan, is due to be released tomorrow by Amber Quill Press. I was also taken aback this morning to realize that I’ve never posted an excerpt from my new book. Plenty of updates and the cover reveal, but no excerpt! Well, I’m going to remedy that now:
“Ninian,” Jhond said, and Ninian was struck by the odd tone of his voice.
He walked to Jhond’s side and followed his friend’s gaze into an open drawer, the one directly below where he had found the ovoid crystal. There, sitting alone on the padded silk bed was a large crystal, perhaps the largest he had ever seen, but what really caught his attention was the crack that split the crystal from roughly halfway along its length to the tip. Also the color of the crystal was wrong. Instead of the bright reflection of clarity, this crystal was clouded in the upper cracked half, while the lower half was shot through with white and cream streaks.
“I’ve never seen one like it,” Ninian murmured. “Wait!” he declared, as Jhond extended his hand and touched the crystal, Ninian’s warning coming just a second too late.
* * *
Jhond lifted the crystal and was instantly struck by the power of the thing. It surged through him. His back arched and his mouth opened on a silent cry. His automatic reaction was the desire to drop the crystal, but his hand refused to obey his commands. If anything, his fingers gripped the crystal tighter. Jhond was falling, almost the way he did when interacting with the Strands of Time, but he could see nothing but blackness.
Abruptly, the darkness lightened to a pale grey, and though Jhond couldn’t see anything as his senses went into overdrive, he could smell heat and decay. He could taste copper, acrid as if burned; he could hear sobs and murmurs of prayers for help, broken by a sudden scream. Above all of this, his senses were screaming of danger, of evil beyond imagining. As heat and pain seared his hand and Jhond finally managed to withdraw, the last thing he heard was laughter, pure joyous laughter.
Jhond knew it was joy at the pain of others…
To be released in ebook tomorrow, June 1st, and in paperback in a couple of weeks: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1975-The-Eynan-2-Garileon.aspx