Title: Across the Darkling Sea
Author: K. Ferrin
Date: November 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.
Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.
Witch opened a door to a cabinet in the kitchen and pulled down a jar. She took off the lid and pulled out a small stone that was as black as a moonless night. “Now, go. Hurry. I can buy you some time, but not much.” Witch pushed Ling out the back door, following close on her heels and slamming the back door behind them. She stroked the small stone, mumbling quietly under her breath.
“What is that?” Ling asked as Witch pushed her into the swamp behind the cottage.
The back door shuddered as something large and heavy heaved against it. Ling’s heart jumped into her throat. “Come with me,” she said, grasping Witch’s arm tightly.
“My place is here,” Witch whispered, pushing Ling away. “Besides, you’ll never get away without a distraction. Go!”
Witch closed her eyes and pressed the black stone to her forehead, her chin, and her heart. When she opened her eyes again they were a deep black, even the whites. She bent at the waist and traced a line along the entire back side of her small cottage.
“You need to leave. Now.”
Witch then spoke a word Ling had never heard before. The ground began vibrating beneath her feet, and a wall of solid green exploded from the earth so violently it knocked her to the ground. The back door to Witch’s cottage burst open. Hanner and her mother spilled out with a dozen or so others from town. She saw her mother’s face, twisted with rage and hate, only for an instant before the wall of green blocked it for good.
Ling spun in terror as she realized what was happening. Witch had magic after all. All those years of doing nothing more than mixing herbs. Of smiling tolerantly at the derogatory nickname she’d been given because of where she’d come from. All that time, she’d had that stone hidden away, her magic hidden away. She would have lived out the entire rest of her life that way, but for Ling.
She’d exposed herself to give Ling time to get away. Ling shuddered as she ran; her mother would have a new target once she realized Ling had escaped and that they had more magic in their midst. She suddenly wondered if she, or Evelyn, would ever see Witch again.
About the author
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at http://www.kferrin.com.
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