Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net


The Wild: prelude

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Update: as of December 2013, The Wild is available as a DRM-free ebook, but only from my webstore at Mythic Island Press LLC. Purchase an EPUB or MOBI version, or visit the store to download an extended sample.

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The Wild is a novel written slowly, off and on, over some long period of time early in this century, and when the original version failed to sell it was rewritten, once, twice…I don’t really remember. The story is my one and only attempt at high fantasy. It has an old-fashioned, formal tone, and old-fashioned heroes. Many readers find it slow. Some find it beautiful. I thought I might try to rewrite it again to appeal to a wider audience, but time has passed, my interests have shifted, and I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. Still, this novel kept me company throughout some demanding years, it means a lot to me, and I don’t want to abandon it altogether. So I’ve decided to serialize it on my blog. One chapter a week starting now, in the first week of January, with the last chapter posting around the end of November. So here goes…

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~ Prelude: Summer Thunder ~

A faint, menacing rumble of faraway thunder rolled through the mist. Lanyon Kyramanthes heard it and turned sharply in the saddle. Behind her the mist had transformed a line of riders into fading silhouettes. Again the thunder rumbled, growling down their trail. Her horse snorted, pulling hard to the right—and her doubt vanished. “We are going the wrong way!”
She reined in her horse, determined not to stray another step. “Jahallon!” she called out. “War Father.”

He rode at the head of the column. She could not even see him until he came cantering back along the line. As he pulled his horse up he eyed the tiny, warm bundle of her newborn daughter asleep in a carrier against her chest. Her son, who was already one and a half years in the world, was farther back in the line, in the doting care of those women who served as Jahallon’s couriers. “Lanyon, do you need to stop?”

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Gregory Frost at Book View Cafe

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

My own Book View Café launch comes next week, but this week belongs to best-selling fantasy, science fiction, and thriller author Gregory Frost.

Look for his novel Lyrec, premiering this week exclusively at Book View Cafe. Lyrec is Greg’s bestselling first novel, back in print for the first time in 25 years. Epub and mobi samples are available for free download.

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