Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. Good-bye March, Hello April. In Oregon, Spring is afoot and flowers are blooming everywhere. It’s enough to make a writer want to leave the keyboard to go outside and frolic . . . Nah, not really. I’ll wait for warm weather. In the meantime, I’m eagerly awaiting the release date for Death by Starlight while penning a follow-up novel to Gryffon Hall.
This week,I’m continuing to share from Death by Starlight, the sequel to Betwixt and Between. The shaman Alistair has discovered that some entity or other has cast tracking webs on Zeke. (FYI, svarta are dark elves, and liosa are light elves. They’ve been at war for centuries.)
“This isn’t fae magic, it’s too metallic, too…” Zeke rolled his eyes skyward, searching his senses for the taste, sound and texture of the magic. His blue-grey eyes— distorted in the surface of a glass float hanging from the ceiling—stared back at him. “Cold, hard-edged, but light-weight; tastes of glacier and rock salt.” After a moment he said hesitantly, “Liosa?”
“Ian?” Alistair asked. “Keeping tabs on you?”
“I would recognize his magic.”
“I thought the svarta hunted down all the other liosa and killed them.”
“There have always been rumors of a few who escaped.”
Edge of Night 2: Death by Starlight
Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together, but just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.
As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.
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So a few liosa still live. I feel the svarta will come to wish they’d finished off every last one. Awesome snippet!
Sounds like they may be closer to solving the mystery.
More trouble afoot as I see it. Best to you, Alexis.
Oooh, now I’m really wondering who is behind it. Great snippet
Love the description of the magic! Another excellent excerpt…
I love how you engage the senses, Alexis. Excellent snippet, as always!
Seems like Zeke is pretty knowledgeable, which is probably a good thing under the circumstances. My parents were in Eugene this weekend and sent me some pictures of the flowery things around my brother’s house. So beautiful! No wonder you want to frolic. 🙂
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Nothing peaks curiosity like the unknown, unless it’s the previously known and thought gone. Love it!
Great job describing the magic in terms of other senses. I especially liked how you used the sense of taste.
Those few pesky survivors. They always show up when you least expect them.
I love how you added the description into the dialogue. Nice work!
Your magical descriptions are vivid and convincingly real.