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Much like the swirling black in Nastasya’s white gem on her neck, the questions spiraled through her head at a rapid pace, unending until she realized several silent seconds had passed and the priest awaited her answer with narrow, eager eyes.
Lina shifted beside her as Nastasya struggled to find any words that might satiate the priests, whose five sets of deep crimson eyes like blood pierced through her.
“I, uh…” She looked around nervously as the air in her lungs stilled.
“You have…?” The priest’s gem shone brighter as he leaned toward her, a nasty smirk spread wide across his long, thin face.
The person behind Nastasya pushed into her, and for the briefest of moments, Nastasya thought every person in the street wanted to know her response to the question she did not know how to answer. But a second later, a scream shot through her ears and ricocheted off the narrow street’s tall, stucco walls.
The priest stepped forward with a mischievous grin.
The lines, which had once been neat and orderly, dissolved into chaos as everybody turned to run from the fire that was quickly spreading to the next booth, which sold rugs and bristled brooms. The goods went up within seconds in a poof of black smoke.
Nastasya stumbled backward as the priest reached for her scarf. She jumped back another two paces, trying to stay out of his grasp.
Lina stepped away from the fire and between them. “Run!” she screamed at the same time someone else behind Nastasya screamed, “Fire!”
An overwhelming warmth pressed into her back, and Nastasya jumped forward, turning for a moment to see a fire had caught on the booth donned with beautiful silk scarves. Flames erupted from the stall behind her, and a soft hand tugged her into the nearest shop.
Lina’s eyes were teary from the smoke, but she scanned the market for several quiet moments. “Stay hidden, Nas. No matter what happens, no matter what you see… don’t follow me.”
Fire burned the drapes of each booth, and fumes plumed into the area before billowing upward into the open air. Nastasya crouched low to avoid as much as she could and pressed her mouth and nose into her scarf. That damned scarf, she chastised herself. If she had just stayed home, none of this would have happened. The market wouldn’t be on fire, Lina would have gotten the things for both of their parents, and Nastasya could be safe at home. Not in the middle of a burning city, with Order priests searching for her—and without Lina.
Nastasya scanned the haze, through the chaotic crowd for Lina, but all she saw were endless clouds of black smoke. The nerves reaping her that morning now pumped through her body. Emotions high, she took three long, steadying breaths to calm herself. She would need every wit if she was going to make it out of there unscathed.
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Friday, October 14, 2022
Book Spotlight ~ The Chaos Daughter (The Celestian Duology, Book One) by Sara Michaels ~ Young Adult Fantasy #YA #Fantasy
The Celestian Duology
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Sara Michaels Books
Date of Publication: September 14, 2021
Number of pages: 190
Tagline: When all magic is ruled by Order, being a child of Chaos is the ultimate danger.
About the Book:
Nastasya lives a sheltered, small-island life, hiding her Chaos magic and living quietly with her protective foster parents.
At the age of 18, she finally persuades them to let her venture across to the mainland… but what should be an exciting shopping trip quickly turns into much more than she bargained for, and events unfold that will change her future forever.
Nastasya has always been taught to hide her Chaos magic, but she’s never understood why.
Her past has always been a mystery to her, but her trip to the mainland leads her to question everything, and she knows she must learn more about her birth family and the power she possesses.
The Chaos Daughter is an action-packed adventure of self-discovery inspired by the tale of Anastasia. Question everything, and trust no one: what Nastasya’s about to discover will change the world forever.
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About the Author:
Sara lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs. A lover of the writer word from an early age, Sara reads everything from middle grade to young adult and adult novels. She loves genres ranging from science fiction and fantasy to contemporary and historical fiction, which is why she writes and plans to publish across several genres, including contemporary, romance, NSFW, young adult fantasy, and science fiction.
When she’s not writing, you can find her playing video games, reading way too many books at the same time, singing to music, or riding her motorcycle around a beautiful Washington backdrop. She also writes for several online blogs and newspapers.
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