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Until you showed your face …

9 October, 2018

Feeling nervous, Otta followed Erl and Derri through the gate and entered the guardhouse. The heat struck Otta like a physical blow and for a moment she found it hard to breathe. Then she became aware of how her fingers and toes hurt.

“Come to the fire, travellers.” One of the guards spoke. “You must be nearly perished with cold.”

“It has been rather chilly.” Erl remarked, setting Derri down before the fire.

The guards laughed at Erl’s comment and the child cringed, staring around. Otta hurried over to him, reassuring him with quiet words. She pulled off his wraps and gloves and made him stretch out his hands to the fire. Derri did as he was told and stared into the dancing flames, entranced. Otta started removing her own woollen gloves and fur muffler as Erl continued to joke with the guards. A sudden halt in conversation indicated that something was wrong. She glanced up as she removed her hood, enjoying the heat on her face. Without exception every guard was staring at her. Outside the traders’ wagons lumbered past.

What’s wrong? she asked Erl silently.

No idea, he replied. They were fine until you showed your face …

This is an excerpt from my recently published book, Ambassador. This is volume 2 of The Kaerling which is available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018

Ambassador

1 October, 2018

At last, it’s here!

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Ambassador is the second volume in The Kaerling series.

Otta and Erl have had to take refuge with Derri in the city of Aura Vere while winter storms ravage the land. Due to a misunderstanding at the gates, Otta is forced to act as a Kaerling in order to get free board and lodging.

Evading Nagaru’s wish to talk about the Chandar she inadvertently killed, Otta spends her time looking for clues about the Unicorn’s Trail and trying to find out about Derri’s parentage. Erl, meanwhile, finds work with the despised Suryan and regains a measure of confidence, even though his memory is still blank.

pat_unicorn_17But the Kaerlings are aware of Otta’s presence. How long can she remain hidden from them? Why do they think she is deflecting? And why does she resemble the female ambassador so much? Will the twins be able to evade the Kaerlings before it is too late …

Find out in Ambassador, available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018

 

 

 

Another extract from Vintrig’s Throne …

20 February, 2018
Isu Magan, Queen of Vintrig’s Kingdom is in love with Sama Conn; but she is forbidden to marry. After the crowning ceremony and celebrations, Isu and Sama steal some time alone in the Library but are rudely interupted by Sergeant Aurik …
Aurik attacked, trying to chop the torch in two. But the wood had been treated and his arms jarred as he smote the wooden length. Sama counterattacked and Aurik had to duck and spin aside to avoid the flaming head. Against her will, Isu was impressed at how agile Aurik was. Sama waded in, not waiting for the sergeant to recover, and forced him back towards the opposite doorway. Both men were breathing heavily and sweat glistened red in the ruddy light.

Then it seemed that Sama changed tactic and step by step retreated towards Isu. Her heart laboured in her chest. Was he injured? Aurik smiled slowly as Sama retreated, wielding his torch in imitation of a sword. The sergeant winked and leered over Sama’s shoulder at Isu. She felt her cheeks redden and looked around for something to defend herself with.
Abruptly Sama came to a halt, a good way from the wall.
“Tired out, singer?” Aurik sneered.
Blade and torch wove through the air with neither man giving ground. A movement in the doorway across the room caught her eye. Remembering what Aurik had said about Jya and his servants, she screamed.
The sound of her cry caught Aurik off guard and he span round as Sama fell to the floor and rolled over. Out of the darkness, a silver blade gleamed and sped towards the sergeant. Isu couldn’t see who was standing in the doorway and opened her mouth for another scream. The scream came, but not from Isu. The silver blade embedded itself in Aurik’s sword arm …
The above is a short extract from my newest novel, Vintrig’s Throne, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. Find out what’s gone before and what happens next by purchasing the book today! Not convinced yet? Take a look at my short teaser film about it at YouTube
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Vintrig’s Throne – paperback!

19 February, 2018

Last year I published Vintrig’s Throne as an e-book. Now it is available as a paperback!
The power struggle that began in Vintrig’s Kingdom continues in the sequel …
Darkness, romance and intrigue! Blood, death and sacrifice! You’ll find all these and more in Vintrig’s Throne.
What will happen when Isu Magan finally claims the crown that is rightfully hers? Will she be able to overrule Jya’s laws? Or has Jya got something else planned for her? What will happen to the romance between Isu and Sama? Is it doomed to wither and fail or is there a way around the taboos laid upon the princess? Find out all the answers in Vintrig’s Throne !
This is an unusual fantasy novel. The plot does not revolve around a physical quest to gain or lose an object of power. Instead, this story is about the journey of a soul to distinguish truth from lie and to discover who she really is …
It is available NOW at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes.
Check out my short teaser film about it at YouTube
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Clinging

22 November, 2017
drying blood brown-red
rustles against bark, clinging
against winter’s wind
haiku © Freya Pickard 2017
This haiku is one of many included in my fantasy novel series Isu Magan.
You can read more haiku, like this one in Book Two Vintrig’s Throne which is available NOW!
You may also like to watch the teaser video I created for this release at YouTube.
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