Shelley Watters of Is It Hot In Here Or Is It This Book? is hosting another first-page blog hop contest. I’ve entered one before, the Made of Awesome contest. This one is celebrating Shelley’s one year of blogging, and because it’s a YA specific contest (and because I got an awesome response last time), I’m entering the same opening page of Dadewalker, Book 1 of the Innocence Saga. If you’re revisiting, thanks a lot for your previous comments You guys totally rocked and helped change the opening pages to something I feel is stronger, and a little more informative! If you’re new, feel free to leave a comment below.
Check out the rules posted on Shelley’s blog, and also the links to the other contestants.
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
Word Count: 65K words.
I am not a protector of the innocent. I am a punisher of the guilty.
That’s one aspect of my ancestry. My banshee blood screams for the sins of others.
The pounding of hooves got louder, and I could hear the men – the Storm Riders – bellowing at the top of their lungs. It was no match to my banshee keen, but it was still loud – and terrifying.
“I won’t leave you,” Laysa said, her eyes wide. “You didn’t leave me.”
The Riders came into view over the hillock, whooping their war-cry and swinging their swords, their horses frantic and foaming at the mouth, hooves tearing up the soft earth. Tagodan by my side growled horribly, his hackles raised, lupine teeth exposed. Laysa panicked, and shoved me. “Run!”
But I couldn’t run. Not anymore. My injuries, blood loss, and the weight of my unborn baby were just too much.
I planted my feet and prepared to meet the Riders head on. They jumped off their horses and came at us, swords drawn.
Tagodan leapt at the Riders, teeth bared. I quickly lost sight of him among the sea of brown hair and glinting blades. The scent of their sin made me dizzy.
I twisted my palms down to the earth, and thought, Winter.
The temperature dropped immediately and the icy wind cut through the warm summer’s day. Snow that burned to touch whipped through the air and ice crusted at my feet.
But it wasn’t enough.
I couldn’t protect the innocents.
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