Hello! I’d love to write a cheery introduction, but I am dying of a cold right now. (DYING, I tell you.)
Please enjoy this sneak peek at In the Forests of the Night, releasing November 15th! Here’s Book I, Burning Bright, if you need a refresher.
In the once-fair city of Olencia, high in one of the unbroken towers of the Kisaran, the Lady Inizre slipped through a door and shut it softly behind her. A girl sitting by the bed stared in the dimness of one candle, then started out of her chair.
“My lady! Your veil startled me. I thought—” She took a deep breath. “I did not sleep. I have been pinching myself—” she held out her arm as proof.
“Peace, child.” Inizre waved her off. “Has he been restless?”
“No, Lady Inizre.” The girl shook her head. “Not a sound while I’ve watched.” She smiled, as they taught healers early to do. Smile, and project confidence to the frightened family. “He sleeps, my lady. He will heal.”
Either she had no healing talent, or she lied extremely well. Inizre did not care to learn which. “I cannot sleep,” she said, “so I will watch him. Go to your bed, child.”
“As you will.” The girl dropped a curtsy and slipped out. When the door had closed behind her, Inizre approached the bed.
“Eshan,” she breathed. “My son. Ten long years I yearned to see your face, now it hurts to look on you.”