This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.
The last of the day’s rays cast long shadows onto the field of wild barley and the crops whispered as they were stirred by the gentle breeze. It would be normal, perhaps, to see a gull circling in the cool azure sky, or glimpse a flock of sheep casually cropping at the tough, salty grass that grew close to the cliff’s edge. But the day was still, silent, devoid of creatures and the air hanging over the place was heavy like a portent.
A sound penetrated the stifling stillness, just on the edge of hearing, and the casual listener might lean in, head cocked on one side, in an effort to make it out.
The stalks waved in perpetual tumult and suddenly a figure came crashing through the field, leaving plant stems bent and broken in her wake and the sound, a dry frenzied gasp, came to the fore.
A shadow pursued the whimpering figure, passing fleetly over the land like a low-lying cloud, and the crops sizzled and singed in its wake.
The girl ran, her skirts clasped in pumping fists, her breast straining against whalebone and velvet as she desperately searched for any cover.
She crested a rise and a scant coppice was revealed, squatting on the cliff top. The fleeing girl picked up her pace, veil flying out behind her as she gained on the safety of the trees.
She was laughing, giggling in a childish voice, her mind gone, reason departed for if she were in better possession of her faculties she might have realised that the thorny bushes and gnarled trunks held no sanctuary from the creature that pursued her.
There came a roar from above, a cry of pure rage as the beast watched its prey go to ground and then, suddenly, inexplicably, the world was full of fire.
Forced onwards, the girl ran, gasping, groaning, screaming, her eyes focussed on the only thing that mattered, the cliffs ahead and the ocean below, her deliverance from this fate.
She ran, as fast as she possibly could, as the shadow descended, engulfing her in darkness, and the dry, mammoth beating of wings roared in her ears.
Her feet left the ground and she plunged through the air, the race over, her effort rewarded and she laughed as the jagged rocks and the crashing ocean rushed to greet her, and she reached out her arms to embrace them like old friends.
Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...
ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...
catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.
Kasei Bulloch: At the beginning I wasn't very into the story but I kept reading and was more hooked than I was with Battle of the Wills. All of a sudden I had devoured chapter after chapter then the book was over. I am dying for The Compact. Please help a girl out!
rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...
BlakDreams: Wait is this over already?? I really love this story but I'm not sure, is this story already over?? Hm... if it's over I'm a kill myself cuz I loved it!! AGGHH!This story has a perfect storyline and everything I love itttt! Oh my god!
Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...
sarahsweet898123: I loved the story ... its was fascinating. ... cant put it down.... the way it was written....was so beautiful. .. the details. .. especially the characters. ..I loved them so much ... Garrick and mairi... every time there was some kind of attraction. ... just cant help it .... no words to express
Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.