Across the Darkling Sea
Publication date: November 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.
Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.
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The haze had lifted as the first rays of the morning sun stretched across the wide, flat bottomlands of Brielle and lit up the boardwalks of Meuse. The day-shift boatsmyn were at their work, and the boatsmyn they’d just relieved from duty were sipping stew as they lounged at their leisure before seeking their beds. The shopkeeps were out as well, setting out goods and sweeping the night’s debris from the walkways in front of their stores.
Her hood had fallen askew when Hanner had grabbed her, and Evelyn wished fervently she could free her arms enough to pull it back over her face. Every person they passed stopped to stare as Hanner hauled her through town. Evelyn expected at least a few smiles, but all she saw were narrowed lips and hostile gazes.
Fear quivered in her belly. They couldn’t all know. Maybe her parents had figured it out, but there was no way everyone could have discovered her secret.
“Let me go. Now.” She put steel into her voice. She’d seen her mother reduce grown men to tears, and she tried to channel that force now. Hanner grunted in response.
“My mother will fire you for this!”
Hanner didn’t even grunt this time. Instead he carried her over to an oversized wooden chair that someone had placed outside the town lockup. Her head cracked against the back of the chair as he shoved her into it. He snapped leather straps over her wrists and feet, pulling them so tight she could feel the straps cutting into her flesh.
Stark fear flooded through her. She had no idea what was happening. The harshest punishment for magic involved banishment, but not torture.
“Ow! Hanner, what are you doing? My mother will flay you alive for this! She hired you to enforce the law, not abuse her daughter!”
People were filing into the small area in front of the lockup now. Miss Tansey, the woman who owned the bread shop and had snuck Evelyn sweet pastries every day for as long as she could remember. Snider, who’d shown up ten years before with no money and no name but who’d ended up being the best cobbler the town had ever had.
“Let. Me. Go!” She punctuated each word with a yank, trying to free herself from the binds Hanner had used. It was no use. She wouldn’t get out of this chair until someone let her out.
She scanned the crowd. Rudy was there. Rudy, her dearest friend, a florist who created the most beautiful arrangements for her to paint. And Shera, who passed her notes all day long at school and waded out into the swamp with Evelyn to paint and gossip during the summers. Fernon, her father’s barber, and his partner, Bran, both of whom had shared meals and stories with Evelyn and her parents on multiple occasions. They were people she’d known her entire life.
“Rudy, Shera. Get my mother! Help me out of this thing!”
The crowd simply stared back at her. Some, like Miss Tansey, gazed at her with the cold regard a snake gives the rat it’s about to eat for dinner. Others, like Rudy, shifted their feet and slanted their gazes away, ashamed, afraid, unwilling to help. Shera stared impassively, pale but dry-eyed.
“Shut up, shut up, shut up! I’m sick of your filthy patter!”
Evelyn did shut up then. She forgot how to speak. Forgot what words were. Forgot how to breathe. She could only stare as her mother came into view from somewhere behind her.
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at http://www.kferrin.com.
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