The final volume of the Hidden Dagger trilogy is releasing this week! I can’t wait to read it! To whet our appetites, I get to share an exclusive excerpt with you. But first, here’s what the book is about!
Blurb: Kael’s worse fears have come true. Betrayal has shaken the Guardian Circle, the High Guardian is dead, and Ayianna and Prince Vian are in the hands of the Sorceress, but he and his companions must finish their quest, before they can attempt a rescue mission. Unfortunately, Desmond’s parting gift left them stranded on the western cliffs of Nälu.
Jathil, once heir to the throne of Arashel, believes her father will aid them, but first she must face the crimes of her past. When she does, she could never believe the outcome, nor the rippling effect it would have on the nations.
Meanwhile the Alliance braces for war, but division threatens to undermine their efforts. When Nerissa returns from Ganya with the dragon regiment, she discovers a bigger problem. The curse bound are waking.
As the quest nears completion, Kael is forced to choose between his heart and duty, and neither choice bodes well with him. Either way, he will face the Sorceress and her armies sooner or later. The battle for Nälu has begun and there can be only one victor.
Doesn’t it sound exciting? You can purchase it on Amazon here.
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Jathil seized his shoulder, and Kael jumped.
“Don’t do that!”
“It’s getting closer.” She glanced back the way they had come.
He strained his ears, his pulse counting the moments as they slipped past. Nothing. Just as he opened his mouth to say so, a faint sound rattled in the distance. He froze, slowing his breathing to hear better.
The sound of clicking, faint and numerous, drew nearer, but the stone corridor remained empty.
“What is it?” he whispered.
She shook her head and pushed him forward. “Move, quietly and quickly.”
The imps wouldn’t still be hunting them, would they? But this clicking was different from the scratching of imp claws. It reminded him a bit of Liam, Ayianna’s wolf. Except, this time, the clicking of nails on stone was too many for it to be one wolf. Could the pack of wolves have found their way inside?
The clicking grew louder, heavier.
Kael inched forward as he peered into the darkness surrounding them. The orb seemed dimmer than before, the pathway harder to see.
“What do you suppose could be making that sound?” Jathil asked. “I smell neither imps nor any creature of flesh and bone down here.”
Kael lifted his orb higher, trying to see farther down the pathway. He looked over his shoulder. “I don’t sense any living things either, but I’ve never been very good at sensing bugs or rats. It’s probably just a rat.”
“Or a hundred rats smelling fresh food.” Jathil stepped closer. “Shall we keep going?”
Click, click, clickety, click. As if someone tapped with sticks, but the sound was not wood. No, more like clay jars, or the hollowness of dried bones striking stones and echoing around them.
Farther down the path, the orb’s light fell upon a pile of white bones. A few skulls lay on their sides, their toothy grins mocking him. Kael quickened his step, but his foot hit something, and he stumbled. A thighbone skittered across the stone floor.
The memory of the jungle’s khlordan leapt to his mind. He didn’t remember any clicking when they had attacked. They had hooted like owls or pigeons. They had stalked them quietly, their feet falling on the soft earth of the jungle and not the cold stone of an underground maze. His hunting knife would be nothing against such a foe. Their hide would melt its blade like it had done Ayianna’s. He sprinted pass the pile of bones.
“Do you smell that?” Jathil kept pace with him.
“Your nose is better than mine.” His gaze flicked to the right and left. More bones littered their path. “What do you suppose killed them?”
She halted and peered behind her.
“Keep up!” He glanced over his shoulder. “I don’t want us to get separated.”
“Slow down and try to be quieter.” She caught up to him, barely making a sound. “Creatures of the dark have exceptional hearing.”
“Maybe we can out run them?” He peered back the way they had come. The clattering grew louder and heavier. The noise ricocheted off the walls as if hundreds of creatures advanced on them. Perhaps they did.
“Save your energy until we know what we are up against.”
“Can you tell where the noise is coming from?” He glanced around wildly, trying to see every direction at once. Nothing but stone and bones. Ahead, where the orb’s glow fell short, the path ended in shadows. Hopefully, it wasn’t a dead end, again.
“The echoing, it’s throwing my senses off.” Jathil grasped his shoulder. “Kael!”
He jumped back and looked down the corridor. “There is noth―”
Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She is currently living her second childhood with her wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and swords, among other things. Here, between reality and dreams, you will find her busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril.
Her debut novel, Secrets Kept, was nominated for the 2014 Clive Staples Award. Her second novel, Darkened Hope was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Alliance Award.
Curse Bound is coming soon! Join us as we celebrate its release on July 11th, 2019 at 7pm – 10pm CST. There will be plenty of bookish fun, games, and giveaways. AND we have special guests Kyle Robert Shultz, Lindsay A. Franklin, and Jenelle Leanne Schmidt who will be joining us and sharing about their books.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, July 8th
- Sparks of Ember: Spotlight & Book Excerpt
- Kathrese McKee: Author Interview
- Safe Return Doubtful: Character Interview
- Starlight Reviews: Book Review of Curse Bound
Tuesday, July 9th
- The Heart of a Scribe: Guest Post on Writing
- Imperial Scribis: Book Review of Secrets Kept
- The Artist Librarian: Guest Post on Music of Nalü
Wednesday, July 10th
Thursday, July 11th
- The Quirky Book Nerd: Book Review of The Hidden Dagger Trilogy
- The Genre of Imagination: Author Interview
- Unicorn Quester: Guest Post of Characters as My Little Pony
Friday, July 12th
Saturday, July 13th
Sunday, July 14th
- Unicorn Quester: Blog Tour Wrap-Up