Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less. I hope you’re doing well, and staying safe and sane in these strange times. For me, the sane part is the hardest. Thank goodness for writing and the company of my characters!
I’m particularly fond of Prince Gabriel, the MC featured in my waiting-in-the-wings project Snow, which I’ve been sharing from while toiling on my next Jacqui the Cat mystery in the background. I’m excited that I’ll finally be able to turn my full attention to Gabriel’s story. Currently, he’s dealing with the aftermath of having wielded forbidden magic, and he hasn’t even arrived at his destination yet; his home of Rosenthal Castle. You can read last week’s snippet here.
After a last look at where the great white stag had stood, Gabriel turned and trailed after the rest of the hunting party. He found it hard to lift his feet, the physical toll of wielding magic still working its way through his blood and bones. With his gaze focused on the patch of forest floor directly before him, he walked carefully to avoid stumbling over roots. The thought of the ride to Rosenthal Castle exhausted him, and that was just the beginning of the evening. He would have to present himself in the grand hall to all the ministers, lords and ladies gathered there. He was, after all, a prince returned to his realm, expected to officially declare his support for his brother and to properly grieve his mother’s death at her tomb.
All he wanted to do was sleep. Darkness invaded the corners of his mind and he slowed.
A strong hand gripped his arm from behind, steadying him.
“Are you all right?” Falkner asked in a low voice.
Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:
Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a mysterious noble woman with a dark past, and all along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.
Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less. Click the link to check out the other writers participating today. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.
I so truly enjoy your snippets and this one is wonderful, my friend.
This is a great snippet.
It’s interesting that Faulkner seems to be there for him. I hope he can help him stay awake during the night ahead. Great snippet!
Magic has its price all right, plainly. I’m getting fonder of Falkner! Enjoyed the excerpt…one question (not expecting an answer LOL)…as a reader, I found the servant who came with the prince to be quite vivid, with his allergies and his problems, and I’m wondering if we’re going to see him again in some important role in the story. He’s kinda distracting me even though he’s not at the hunt! Enjoyed today’s snippet.
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Oh, yes, Webster will be back in all his fussy glory.
We haven’t seen Faulkner for a while. Glad he’s back, because Gabriel deserves a friend to support him.
I never realized that magic could take such a toll on the person wielding it. I hope Faulkner can help revive him somehow. He seems all in!
What a snippet! Can’t wait for next weeks.
Glad Falkner has his back. He needs someone.
At least he’s got Falkner.
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Ugh! Falkner… Is he good? Is he bad? Is he good? Is he bad? lol
I’m really enjoying this story. 🙂