Trinity by Clare DavidsonGenre: Young Adult/High Fantasy
ISBN: 978-14722200 paperback
Number of pages: 279
Word Count: 88,000
Cover Artist: Bramasta Aji
Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes.
But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish
to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away
for protection, she dreams of freedom. Her wish comes true in the worst
possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed. Along with an
inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of
battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne
for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves,
their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that
will shake the world.
“Switch clothes.”Kiana blinked at Finn. It was such a simple order but she couldn’t make her arms move to obey him.“Now!”Slowly, Kiana turned to look at her handmaid. Erynn’s eyes were red and puffy, her face smudged with dirt from the tunnel and her blonde hair dishevelled. The girl’s shoulders shook as she pulled the plain brown surcoat over her head and held it out to Kiana. Like Kiana, she also wore an undyed woollen underdress that preserved modesty. Kiana stared at the surcoat and then at Erynn. Her lower lip trembled and a lump formed in her throat that threatened to choke her.“Now, Kiana!” Finn kept glancing towards Ciall, who was standing at the tunnel entrance.Sunlight filtered in, providing enough light to see by deeper in the tunnel. Kiana could hear the sounds of fighting in the distance. Swords clanged against each other, feet thundered over wood and men screamed. She clamped her hands over her ears and sank down so that she was crouching.Finn was shouting at her. Kiana shook her head and squeezed her eyes tightly shut. She wouldn’t listen. How could he ask her to send Erynn out to die?A pair of hands closed over hers and pulled them away from her ears.“Kiana.”Kiana couldn’t immediately put a name to the gentle voice. Slowly, she opened her eyes. Nidan was crouching in front of her, eyes alert, body tense, but there was a kindness in his face.“We don’t have time to think,” he said. “You need to do as Finn says.”“But…”“Don’t think.” He was right. “You have to live.”Right again. She stood and pulled her surcoat off with numb fingers. Erynn helped her into the rough wool garment. It irritated the nape of her neck. It doesn’t matter! She watched as Erynn pulled on the golden surcoat. Kiana had always wondered why she and Erynn looked so alike. Now it was clear: Erynn was the perfect decoy. Kiana shivered violently. Her stomach lurched. She turned away and threw up. Once she had recovered, Nidan offered her a scrap of cloth. She cleaned her mouth and then managed to force a grateful smile to her lips.“We split into two groups,” Finn said. “Bran and Coran will take Erynn.” He looked at Nidan. “You’re with me and Ciall.”Kiana had enough wits to see Nidan’s eyebrows raise as his mouth dropped open. Under different circumstances, his expression might have been comical.“Let’s go!”She forced herself to follow Finn out of the tunnel, expecting to see Wolves at any moment.Finn must have sensed Kiana’s nervousness. He paused and glanced at her. “From what we could see, the Wolves are concentrated around the moat. It’s unlikely they’ll find this entrance.”Kiana nodded. They had run through the tunnel for what felt like an eternity, and the fighting sounded so distant. Despite Finn’s assurances, Kiana stared after the other group as they vanished into the forest. They had to stay safe. They had to.
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