I am so excited to be sharing this with you today. Abi Elphinstone publishes the second book in her Dreamsnatcher series, The Shadow Keeper on the 25th of February and the whole of the blogosphere can't wait to read it! Abi's first book was a huge success and I'm positive this one will be just as popular.
Abi has kindly allowed us to share with you the first part of the prologue from The Shadow Keeper. I've read it and it is fabulous. I hope you enjoy it too.
The Crooked Cave
The sea breathes quietly tonight, a sprawled darkness
rolling in and out. It slips over beaches and laps at
harbour walls. But further along the coast, where
the cliffs turn ragged and shards of rock jut into the water,
strewn like broken gravestones, the current is stronger.
It moves with a strength all of its own here, heaving and
churning, smashing and pounding. This is a place few men
or women brave, and none on a night as dark as this.
And yet there is a light moving between the shards of
rock, a lantern fixed to the front of a rowing boat, and,
though the waves swell and suck and crash, the boat
weaves a way through. The moon slides out from the clouds
for a moment, scattering silver on the sea, and then it is
gone. But the lantern still shines, splaying light on the
snakeskin mask of the figure in the boat.
He wears a cloak, the hood pulled
high, and only his tongue moves – forked and flickering. His
arms stay folded in his lap – he has no use for oars to propel
the boat forward. It moves of its own accord, drawn by
magic towards the opening in the cliff face.
Wow! I definitely need to read more of this book! How about you?
How would you like to win both books in the series? Just leave a comment for Abi below, along with your email address to be in with a chance of winning Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper. The competition will run until the 13th of February and is open to UK & Eire residents only. Only one entry per person please. The winner will receive the books directly from the publisher.
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