by Andi O’Connor
The Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel! Alone and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep her.
But her refuge doesn't last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to Vaelinel.
Finally reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company. Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before standing against the evil threatening the land.
For the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he'll stop at nothing to satisfy his hunger.
Irewen narrowed her eyelids, fully aware of his nervous tension. “There is something else you haven’t told me.”
He didn’t answer.
“Tell me, Laegon. I can’t help you properly if I don’t know all of the facts.”
“Halthed and Perendin aren’t the only ones who came in contact with my Sight,” he whispered, refusing to meet her gaze. The large silence that fell between them before he finished his thought lasted long enough to put anyone on edge. By the time he finally spoke again, Irewen’s pulse was racing. “I also used my Sight to find you.”
The blood drained from her face. “What?”
“I didn’t know!” Laegon screamed defensively. His eyes shot up to meet hers. Once again, they appeared wild and crazed. “We barely knew there was a problem! I had no idea it could be transmitted and never fathomed that using my Sight would be so dangerous. With the Drulaack hunting you, we needed to find you as quickly as we could. There wasn’t an option! If I’d known then that I would pass this on to you, I’d have left it to Silevethiel alone to find you!”
“Calm down, Laegon,” Irewen interrupted. “I’m not blaming you, nor am I angry. I haven’t yet noticed any changes or difficulties in my perception. Perhaps I won’t be affected like you and the others. We’re all learning. None of us knows the answers. Especially me. There’s no need to become defensive.”
Laegon nodded and took hold of her hands, squeezing them tightly.
“Now,” Irewen said once she felt him relax. “Tell me everything that happened since your fight with the Drulaack in Silverden. Go slowly. Tell me as many details as you can remember.”
“This will take a while.”
“I have nowhere else to be.” Silevethiel’s presence in her mind strengthened. The Dame was listening. “Take as much time as you need.”
Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author of The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. Her critically acclaimed novel, Silevethiel, is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. The Speaker is the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner for Fantasy and a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Andi’s novel, Awakening, is a 2018 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Fantasy.
You can frequently find Andi as an exhibitor and guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Awesome Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. You can connect with Andi on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s website.
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