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Hidden Lands

15 September, 2020

“Beautifully written and it held my attention from start to finish.” E Baxter

Grey, crumpled bark, like ossified wrinkles spiralled around the trunk and up into the branches. It was not a tree he was familiar with but he stared at it, seeing the silver lichen that grew in tiny clusters on each rise of bark, leaving the dips in the tree’s skin dark and shadowed. The leaves above his head rustled faintly, although no breeze touched Lored’s cheek.

Tearing his eyes from the bark, the taku-kevir stared up at the rippling pattern of yellow light and green shadow. Each leaf had a serrated edge and pale veins branched in pairs from the centre. Although the sun did not appear to be shining, golden light glowed above the leaves, illuminating Lored’s face. He kept his head bent back, drinking in the other-light as if it was Power itself. The leaves flickered, shivered and fell still. The shadows ceased shifting and it was as if Lored stared into a bowl of sunshine.

The pack pony snorted nervously, breaking the spell. Lored stared around, wondering why he had stopped. He felt a shiver of recognition slip down his spine. No breeze and the leaves around him still moved. He had forgotten that the trees were more alive here in Zorat, that the whole forest responded to the will and command of the Zoratti …

This is a short extract from Hidden Lands, Volume Five of The Kaerling! This is one of the hidden lands that Lored, the taku-kevir from Olin Heon re-discovers during the course of the tale.

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Chapter Twenty Three

11 March, 2015
Feel very strange but peaceful. Spent most of yesterday writing down all my memories. But not in here. There was some paper on the desk in my bedroom and I’ve made a kind of envelope for my memories and sealed them inside. It’s weird knowing you live somewhere else but are really alive here.
I want to know where Tygar comes from! But I’ve just signed a contract to help Merlin find Sir Lancelot and put him back to sleep until Arthur returns. I still think that killing the Bad Dragons is the destiny Sama Conn talked about. Oh yes! Piera’s offered to accompany us to find Lancelot. I hope he doesn’t fancy me. It would be cruel to have to deter him as I did Agravaine!
Only a week till Yule apparently. Suppose I’d better write a letter to the parents and then perhaps see about some lunch. And after that I will go and visit Tygar – Piera has told me how to find the stables. I wish that horse could talk!
This is an excerpt from my novel Dragonscale Leggings
You can read an excerpt from Chapter Nine at a previous Wednesday Words blog.
Visit My Books to watch the video and find out more about this novel!.
© Freya Pickard 2015

Chapter Twenty Two

4 March, 2015
I try the hind legs of the skin on for size. Just right as a pair of leggings. I slip the forearms on and feel the skin shrinking to fit my back. How about a dragonscale jacket? What about a dragonscale hat? No. I don’t think so. I try to take the head off but it’s stuck fast. Everything looks a little strange. I think the cave mouth has shrunk.
I breathe deeply and stretch my wings. My wings? I squint over my shoulder. Oh yes. I’ve got wings now. I can fly! Can I? I run a few steps and leap into the air beating my wings up and down. Shells! I’m flying! This is amazing. I’ve always wanted to do this. Up and down go my wings and I’m surging through the air. This is brilliant. I could go anywhere.
I glance down to see if I can find the path I followed yesterday. Bad move. Forgot I don’t like heights…
This is an excerpt from my novel Dragonscale Leggings
You can read an excerpt from Chapter Nine at a previous Wednesday Words blog.
Visit My Books to watch the video and find out more about this novel!.
© Freya Pickard 2015

Chapter Twenty

18 February, 2015
There were two doors behind the supper table and I chose the right hand one. It was an iron latch affair and I lifted it without thinking. Expecting the door to just give way before me, I was shocked to find I’d walked straight into it. The latch snapped down pinching my thumb.
“Oy!” I said loudly. “I just want to look! I’m not going to steal anything!”
The door shifted slightly in its frame as if to say ‘You’re not entering here!’ Honestly! It was worse than contending with Tygar! Anyway, doors shouldn’t be animate objects.
I lifted the latch again and pushed, only to be met with resistance. I whipped my thumb out of the way as the latch dropped down again. I kicked the door hard and it shuddered slightly and appeared to expand into the frame. As it did this it made a slight creaking sound and I had the distinct impression it was laughing at me. I glared at it.
“Listen to me,” I said very quietly. “When I lift the latch, you will open and let me into the room. Do you hear?”
The wooden silence was broken by Piera …
This is an excerpt from my novel Dragonscale Leggings
You can read an excerpt from Chapter Nine at a previous Wednesday Words blog.
Visit My Books to watch the video and find out more about this novel!.
© Freya Pickard 2015

Chapter Nineteen

11 February, 2015
Sir Feist-Orsa’s face had turned red with indignation and his mouth worked in rage. Lord Pelles was frantically trying to right his wig which now covered the whole of his face. I wondered why no-one ran to help him and noticed that the ant men were all sitting there aghast, staring rigidly at the dragon.
“To speak of an honest tradesman as an ignorant goatherd is to belittle the people who actually do the necessary work in these lands. So what if he is a goatherd? At least he has an honest profession whereas you abuse your position and bring to trial those who have done nothing wrong!”
Sir Feist-Orsa looked as though he was going to explode with anger but the fear in his eyes was plain to see. And I have to admit even I felt a little anxious. An angry dragon, even an angry Good Dragon is alarming.
This is an excerpt from my novel Dragonscale Leggings
You can read an excerpt from Chapter Nine at a previous Wednesday Words blog.
Visit My Books to watch the video and find out more about this novel!.
© Freya Pickard 2015

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