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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 3

Happy Friday, friends!

How are your NaNo babies coming along? Aren’t they just growing up so fast? :O

My first two weeks were a little slow, but I’ve caught up this week! *pours a shaky cup of tea* This week, I wrote 11,048 words.

That brings the total to:

25,042

#smashedit

Honestly, though, I’m a little worried that we’re over halfway through NaNo now and I’m only just at the halfway point word count wise. I’m starting to accept that I might not make it this year. I’m trying to build my business alongside writing all the words, so most days it’s a delicate balance struggle. What’s more important? Writing half of a first draft or finding clients so I don’t stay broke? You get why I’m torn.

So, if I don’t write another 25K in the next two weeks, I won’t be too hard on myself.

I know this word count is a big priority for many of us this month, but don’t forget to look after yourselves, too <3

    “It’s time, Sparrows. You all know what we’re walking into, and you all know why we’re doing it. The queen needs our help, and we’re her private army. It’s our duty to keep her safe, no matter the odds. Rachael’s safety is our priority.” He swallowed hard. He wasn’t prepared to lose any more of his family. “But that doesn’t mean you can be reckless. You can’t help Rachael if you’re dead, so I expect you to be smart and stay as safe as the situation allows. If you have to fight, give it everything you’ve got but don’t get killed while you’re at it. These demons aren’t like you and me, and they don’t die like you and me. Hold out your weapons.”

   While all of them had their weapons enchanted, it couldn’t hurt to strengthen the magic that ran through them. If the enchantment wore off—if that was even possible—he didn’t want it to happen while they were fighting for their lives.
   Kaida stepped forward, and made each weapon glow in turn until hungry flames burst from each of them. Their fires burnt hot for a second, then slowly died down to allow the Sparrows to sheathe their weapons.
   “You are my family. Rachael may be our queen, but she has made herself a part of that family, too. Protect her because she is your ruler. Fight beside her because she is your sister. The enemy is fast, but we’ll be faster. The demons are linked through dark mist magic, but we are linked by a connection they will never understand. When we get to Kaethe we will show them what happens when they take our queen from us. When we get to Kaethe, we will make them regret taking our sister. For Rachael!”


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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 2

Happy Friday, friends!

How are your WIPs coming along? Have you all got through the first full week of NaNo madness okay? <3

My week has been slow, BUT there’s a good reason for that. I wanted to focus on finishing the first monster edit on Darkened Light which is now done and printed (until I ran out of paper anyway) and with my critique partners. Now that’s out of the way, I can give NaNo hell next week! And I still wrote 9193 words this week anyway, so suck on that, NaNo 😀

The total word count now stands at

13,994

Nowhere near what I hoped to have by now, but progress is progress and I’m over 10K into Book 3! Who cares if it’s not as much as I wanted? I’ve done good, and so have you, NaNonites <3

   She lay on a cold stone table, wrists spread to opposite sites and bound to cool hooks above her head, legs tied up in the same way below her.
   She took one deep breath in, let one deep breath out. Repeated the process. Her heart was still hammering.
   She thought of her mother’s arms, the way she’d smelled of roses, and closed her eyes until she could feel her mother’s comforting embrace. Her mind still raced.
   She focused on the spot on her hips where her daggers usually sat, tried so hard to feel them now, but nothing was there. Terror still gripped her.
   Fear threatened to overpower her again. Her stomach constricted, her throat tightened, and her eyes burnt when wave after wave of horror washed over her and made her sob.
   She had never felt so pathetic. When her father had beaten her mother, she had been free to help.
   When her father had beaten her until she couldn’t see through the pain, she had been able to kick out.
   When she had gone back to Grozma years later, daggers comforting by her sides and her step sure, she had been able to repay him for all the times he had made his mother regret marrying him.
   But now she had nothing, and it terrified her more than anything else could.


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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 1

Can you believe Week 1 of NaNoWriMo is over already? How are you getting on, NaNonites? 🙂 Every week I’ll share my progress on Friday, and I’ll include a character aesthetic and a quote each time, too, so feel free to join in and compare word counts! After we’ve prepared together, I’d love to know how you’re getting on <3

These updates will be short, because it’s NaNo and I don’t want to keep you.

I’ve had a slow start to the challenge. I wasn’t well yesterday which set me back already, and it’s only Day 3! Trust me to get sick during the most inconvenient month of the year #rude

This week, I wrote 5019 words, which brings my current total to…..

5019

*ahem*

It is Week 1, after all 🙂

   Hope bubbled up inside her. She took deep breaths, closed her eyes, and willed her vision to come forth. She could feel it, right there, trapped just like she was, struggling to break through. She reached into herself just like Ailis had taught her, reached out to the source of her gift, found that sliver she’d so desperately needed, and tried to guide it.
   Pressure built up inside her head until it felt ready to burst. It hurt. But she was close. She guided her gift where it needed to go, held onto it as tight as she could, and forced it into her head.
   Light exploded in her mind and filled her prison. Intense pain cracked through her skull and gripped her mind so tight she couldn’t breathe. A thin line of blood ran down her nose, dried on her lips.
   Rachael gasped. And passed out.


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Progress Update: Wardens of Archos, Darkened Light, and Nervous Beta Shakes (OOH, and an Excerpt)

I figured it was about time I updated you 🙂 Much has happened this month, many cookies have been consumed in celebration (and fear), and all of it is exciting. I’ll try to make this brief because I’m not at my home computer right now and therefore can’t spam you with gifs.

~ Wardens of Archos ~

WoA is now with my beta squad <3 As I’m waiting for the first emails with feedback to come in I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m relieved – it’s not a good combination, friends.  I’m an emotional mess, basically (which, yes, is me on every other day, too, but waiting for beta feedback to roll in makes it worse; I’m a fragile, emotionally unstable kitten).

I do have a release date in mind, but I’m worried if I announce it I’ll jinx it. Which is a pretty big difference to last year, when I announced my release date long before betas were recruited and I ultimately stressed my sanity until it died. It will come soon, I promise (so will ARCs, btw – any takers? 😉 ). I just want to be sure first that it’s doable. But watch October, friends.

~ Darkened Light ~

I’m SO excited to finally come back to this. Darkened Light has been resting ever since December (some of you might remember that it was a NaNo baby), and I’ve been dying to come back to my elven sorceress, my thief, my sacrifice, and my boy who likes to set stuff on fire. It’s a great group, you’ll see 🙂

It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything about it – WoA has been so needy, friends; also, I have separation issues – so I thought I’d share the opening scene again. It’s had a rough (very rough) first edit now, but there’s lot of work left to do. I skimmed the first few pre-NaNo chapters yesterday and it’s in pretty bad shape :’) The post-NaNo chapters look so much better already, I just need to work my way through the beginnings to get there.

Pray for me, will you? :’) Cookies, cake, and tea are also appreciated.

I’ll be doing more sharing over the next few months (the cover is booked for early October!) and will hopefully get a first draft of a blurb written, too (blurbs are the devil, by the way. the. devil.) but for now, here’s the first few words of Darkened Light:

~ Excerpt ~

Naavah Ora stared into the soul of the Heart, and knew that it was dying. There was a presence here with her, and it slowly corrupted the world.

The red grass beneath her feet swayed in the windless breeze as always, the same breeze caressed her skin, but something wasn’t right. In the distance, she saw the city—a haven for all dead—bright and shining as ever, but still something wasn’t right.

It was the missing whisper on the wind. It was the missing laughter in their eyes. It was the slow hiss that carried over the meadow and into the sky, and turned her blood to ice.

And all she could do was watch as it slithered invisibly to the city at the heart of their haven, and turned the dead against them.


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An Update on Wardens of Archos (There’s an Excerpt, Too!)

My, it’s been a while since I’ve last done a progress update! How have you been? 😀

As usual I’m trying to do a hundred things at once (or it feels like I am, anyway – if anyone knows how to contact Satan, let me know. I’m ready to sign that contract for more hours in my day now.) and to be honest I’m tired and I have no idea how people juggle a full-time day job, raising their children, writing, keeping their partners happy, and maintaining their house so it doesn’t fall apart. It’s sorcery, it must be. (They’ve probably signed that contract… So someone knows how to get in touch… Email. Me.)

What I’m currently trying to juggle are my edits on Wardens of Archos, my part-time day job, editing jobs (by the way, you can officially book me from July! Take a look here for more details.), keeping my cat and partner happy, and ignoring all the housework that needs doing but which I have no time to do. So, if you’re someone who balances everything perfectly without getting tired and/or stressed, please tell me how you do it. I wouldn’t mind some pointers :’)

My familiar is still very involved.

The edits on Wardens of Archos are going well. My editor is doing a developmental edit and guys. It’s gonna be good. I’m loving her suggestions and I’m loving how much it’s improved already. Two critique partners are going over it, too, and I’m doing my own edit at the same time. We’re cutting and adding in (almost) equal measures 😛 I’m adding all comments to my printed version and will apply all changes once I’ve finished going over it. Once that’s done I’ll be ready for betas 😉 However, there’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in, and I don’t want to rush it. I’m also trying not to feel bad about how long it’s taking, but I’d rather have a 3rd draft I’m happy with than one I’ve rushed through and missed a bunch of mistakes.

I’m currently hoping to publish it in August/September, but nobody hold me to that. (Or do, actually!)

By the time I get to Darkened Light it’ll have had a nice long break!

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter you might know that work on the cover for Wardens of Archos has begun! In theory I’ll have a cover reveal and the blurb for you in a few weeks 😉

So, to summarise, everything’s progressing nicely but slowly due to other commitments. I’m dying to see the cover, and I’ve already booked the next slot for the end of September, which is for Darkened Light.

Now, if you’d take a peek to the left, you should see this new shiny option:

 

You probably know that I’ve been blogging about world building and, more recently, beta reading. On this page you’ll be able to find all posts I’ve published already, in one handy list! That way, if you need specific information, you’ll be able to find it quickly 🙂 It also gives you an idea of what’s yet to come, and includes the collaborative posts I’ve hosted together with other authors.

And to finish off, as promised, here’s an excerpt 😉

“If we wanted to kill you,” said Yoko, “we’d have done so when you arrived.”

Reeve snorted. “You underestimate me, witch. I’m not so easy to kill.”

“Oh?”

The lights in the room flickered, the smell of incense gone. Rachael blinked, and between two flickers of the candles Yoko moved right before him, her body encased in blue flames and a dagger at his throat. It drew the smallest sliver of blood.

You are on your guard, Sparrow, and yet I’ve managed to draw blood from your neck. All I had to do was blink.” Yoko stepped away from him, and turned around. Reeve caught himself the moment her back was turned, and threw a dagger at Yoko’s head. It stopped in mid air, halfway between them. “If I wanted you dead, Sparrow, you would have died.” Her smile was as beautiful as it was lethal. “Just think what I could have done had you closed your eyes for one more second.”


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#FictFBFeb17 Days 25-28 & Progress Update (incl. excerpt!)

Can you believe it’s March already? I have so many exciting things to share with you next month, and a lot of prep work to do before then, so I’ll keep this short. Relatively speaking 🙂 I’ve got the final four days of #FictFBFeb17 for you, I’ve got news on how my own edits on Wardens on Archos are progressing, I’ve got news on my newsletter, and I’ve got a short excerpt for you! It’s been a while since I’ve last posted one, so I figured it was about time 🙂

~ #FictFBFeb17 ~

Fictional Flashback February is the hashtag created by my sister in spirit Faith Rivens, who blogs over here – check it out if you’re after great writing tips and even better writing! Using this hashtag to introduce our characters was a really fun thing to do, and I’m looking forward to the next one in May <3 This time I posted on Twitter as well as Instagram, which needed graphics to go with the brief insights. I’m not sure if I’ll use both again since creating the graphics takes time every morning, but I’ll definitely join in again on Twitter!

Thank you, Faith, for a great way of introducing our characters <3

Day 25Fifty

Day 26Fulfil

Day 27Future

Day 28Finish

~ Wardens of Archos ~

Exciting news, everyone! I passed the half-way mark in the first edit! Next week I’m hoping to reach page 90, and then I’ll be asking for beta readers before you know it … But more on that nearer the time 🙂 After how difficult this first edit has been I’m dying to print the whole thing and go over it with my red pen and highlighters, tea on standby. My editor lady will do a developmental edit at the same time, too, which is something I didn’t do with Rise of the Sparrows. By the time it reaches my betas it should be in pretty neat condition!

~ Newsletter – Coming soon! ~

At the beginning of January I went over my plans for this year. Setting up a newsletter was one of them, and it’s now very nearly done! Next week it’ll be ready to go, and I’ll be able to tell you more about what benefits the newsletter would give you exactly. For now, think exclusive early access to cover reveals, giveaways, release dates – but I’m getting carried away. More next week 😉

~ Short Excerpt ~

It’s been a while since I posted an excerpt! As I’m editing I’m marking sections which will hopefully give you an insight into the second book without giving away any spoilers. I’ve got a couple more marked which I’ll post soon, too 🙂

For now, have this brief excerpt:

Rachael raised a weak hand to her cheek, and felt along the smooth cut the assassin had left. Kiana believed it would scar. Did she mind? A scar was proof that she had fought and survived. She wasn’t ashamed of it, and she didn’t want to hide it. She had earned that scar fighting for her life and defending a friend. It was proof that she was stronger now than she had been a year ago. It was proof that she wouldn’t be killed so easily.


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Progress Update – Deadlines and Excerpts

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Self-imposed deadlines, that is. And only one excerpt, but it’s longer than usual 🙂 There were so many things I wanted to get done this week, and by some miracle I did. One of those things especially I’ve been postponing for a while (*ahem* since March! *ahem*), so it’s a great relief to have that off my back.

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On the writing front of things I’m happy, if somewhat surprised, to say that progress is happening! I’ve set myself a vague deadline of the end of September for finishing the first draft of Relics of Ar’Zac Book 2, and so far it’s looking good! I know how many words I need to do per day and per week to make it happen, and so far I’m confident I’ll hit it. Mind you, my original deadline was August, but that was always a bit ambitious 😛

This week’s word count is 6,970, which brings the total to 57,425. The little progress bar in Scrivener is turning a very exciting yellow!

YES!

As I mentioned last Friday, my routine was shaken up a lot this week. So far things are going well and my writing hasn’t suffered yet, but as things continue I might need to adjust my routine a little. Not to jinx anything, but I think it’ll be fine – my writing has actually gone better than before! But maybe cross your fingers for me just a little.

On Tuesday I asked for your take on Facebook as a professional platform. I haven’t made a decision yet, but either way it’s save to say that change is coming to my author page. Whether that change will be in the shape of me deleting it, or in the shape of me using my account more – which I don’t really want to do – I don’t know yet. But consider this a heads-up that I might suddenly disappear from your list of followed pages. If that happens it’ll be intentional.

Now, it’s been a little while, but I’ve got an excerpt for you! 🙂 I haven’t shared much from my new WIP Soul of the Heart before, so I thought it was about time! There’ll be three main characters, and today’s excerpt is from Doran’s POV. I hope you like this first proper look into it! ^-^

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Doran sank into the nearest tree branch, and prayed to whichever God might listen that this thing hadn’t spotted him. If – no, when – he got out of this alive he would have to have a serious talk with the people of this village. All he had asked for was the location of this stupid artefact he wanted to find, and what did they do? They sent him into a forest full of demons and worse, and probably laughed behind their hands as he got torn apart.

“Gods, this isn’t worth it!” The artefact sat heavy in his pack. It was only a small thing – a little amulet made of gold – but it was worth a fortune, and he felt like his very life was attached to it. If he had known how much trouble it would be to retrieve it- “Oh sod it,” he said, running his hand over the heavier end of his pack, where the amulet was waiting to be sold. “Of course you’re worth it.”

That awful sound of silence still echoed around him. The birds had stopped singing a while ago, and he hadn’t spotted a rabbit in hours. Shortly after the natural sounds had stopped, it had appeared out of nowhere. He would never doubt stories or rumours again. They had to come from somewhere, after all, and after today he was convinced that most of them came from this forest.

Whatever was hunting him was still around, but if he stayed he was as good as dead. At least if he ran he could try to make it out alive – and then those fanatics would get a good talking to!

He took a deep breath in, and stood. The pack was tied carefully around his shoulders, and wouldn’t go anywhere. He could run for hours and jump over whatever lay in his way, and it wouldn’t fall.

Or so he hoped.

His blood froze when he heard it. The rustling of leaves close to him, followed by that vicious silence.

It was close.

Not wasting another moment, he ran. He could feel its presence closely behind him, but if he stopped now it would have him, and he didn’t want to know what it would do with him then. Nothing in this forest was natural, and his imagination was far too vivid to dwell on it.
Something grazed his arm, and drew blood. Sharp razor-like claws grabbed for him, their edges thin as knives and their tips as poisonous as the world’s worst snake.

He needed to get out, now, before the poison got into his bloodstream and corrupted him from the inside out.

His vision was blurring. It gained on him, and another claw-like branch grabbed for him – and missed.

Suddenly the singing of birds filled the forest around him, and the faint rustling of critters in the underbrush filled the gaps. By sheer luck he had made it. Doran knew he would never be this lucky again, but he wasn’t planning on returning. The whole forest could burn down for all he cared, and it would serve those things right, too.

If only he could be sure that they could be burned. They were nothing natural, but he didn’t know enough about demons to jump to conclusions. His little trinket was save in his pack. That was all that mattered.

Well, that and he was alive. Not being dead was definitely a good thing.

It was getting harder to breath. He couldn’t stay out here, the poison would kill him as surely as those things, but he couldn’t go to that village either. The fanatics clearly didn’t care if he died. He wasn’t about to ask them for help, but maybe he could hire a carriage from a nearby town. If he lived long enough to make it to one.

He turned around, and stared right into the face of the demon.

Doran started walking as fast as its poison allowed. He was done with this forest.
He only regretted that he hadn’t brought matches.

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Progress Update – Decisions were made!

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Phew, it’s been a busy two weeks! How are you guys? 🙂

I’ve got a bit to report on each WIP, so I’ll put this post into sections and you can skip the ones you don’t care about 🙂

General News

CookieBreak had a makeover! Do you like it? 🙂 There are still a few things I want to mess about with, but for the most part this is my little blog’s new look!

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I’ve also done some renovations over on Pinterest, and will use it more actively from now on. I didn’t even realise you could use it like that until recently, so I’m still excited about all the possibilities. If you’ve got an account, you can stalk me here and we can stalk each other 🙂

I’ve decided to cut back drastically on the excerpts I share on here. It was different when I was working on Rise of the Sparrows since that was the first in the series, but now that I’m working on the sequel I don’t want to spoil anything – no matter how tiny the excerpt. I might post an excerpt from time to time, but it won’t be often. I might, however, share excerpts from Soul of the Heart since that’s the first in its series 🙂

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Relics of Ar’Zac #2

I didn’t get quite as much done as I wanted this week since I was recovering catching up from when my parents were visiting, and the word count has suffered a little because of it. In total I only managed 1,764 words, which isn’t much but it’s better than nothing.

Most of the characters who needed names have been named now, and a side character has unexpectedly grown into a much more exciting one. Now if that isn’t progress… 😉 On top of that, several plot bunnies have been resolved and I’ve got a clear idea of what needs to happen in the second half now, so all in all it’s been a successful week 🙂

Soul of the Heart

Last week Tuesday I announced my new WIP! Soul of the Heart is a provisional title, so don’t get used to it 🙂

In case you missed the post, you can visit it via the link above or you can simply have a read through the first shared excerpt now:

Soul of the Heart Intro

Immortals (temp. title)

Last night I made the executive decision to cut all 9,5K words from my WIP. This might seem a little extreme, but it wasn’t going anywhere and the whole thing felt stale, even with a lot of unresolved plot bunnies and even though I’ve barely started. So I’m starting over. I’ll keep everything I had so far around in a separate folder, but I doubt I’ll be using it again for this draft. It’s for the best, trust me ^-^

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She’s helping me plot by sitting on my wrist!

That’s it for this week! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! ^-^

~Sarina

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Soul of the Heart

A Writer's MusingsFollowing up from last week’s post about the benefits of writing for fun, I thought now was a good moment to share something I’ve been working on 😉

I’ve hinted at it here and there, but today I can confirm that I’ve been working on a new WIP! It’s another fantasy series – how many books it’ll have hasn’t been decided yet – and Soul of the Heart is a temporary title only, so don’t get attached to it 🙂 I thought it’d be easier than calling it Book 2 all the time 😛

Honestly, I don’t know how well I’ll be able to work on three WIPs at the same time. My main focus remains the sequel to Rise of the Sparrows, of course, and I should probably set this aside until the first draft, at least, of Immortals (temp. title) is done, but I’ve already been trying to pretend this wasn’t constantly at the back of my mind for months and it hasn’t worked. Ignoring it clearly isn’t the way forward! I’ll keep working on it whenever I can, and we’ll see what happens ^^

Here’s the very first excerpt – enjoy 🙂

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Inspiration from my Pinterest research board

Naavah Ora stared into the soul of the Heart, and knew instinctively that it was dying. There was a presence there with her – her own presence should have been impossible – and it slowly corrupted the world.

The red grass beneath her feet swayed in the windless breeze as always, and the same breeze caressed her skin, but something wasn’t right. In the distance she saw the city – a haven for all dead – bright and shining as ever, but still something wasn’t right.

It was the missing whisper on the wind. It was the missing laughter in their eyes. It was the slow hiss that carried over the meadow and into the sky, and turned her blood to ice.

And all she could do was watch as it slithered invisibly to the city at the heart of their haven, and turned the dead against them.

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Progress Update – Now THAT is Progress!

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Some immense progress was made this week 😉

Somehow, I’ve managed to write 10,000 words in four days!

WHAT!

I KNOW! 😀 Now I just need to do it again next week, and I’ll have reached my target of 20K in two weeks.

Huh. Maybe I am cut out for this NaNo thing after all 😛

But let me give you some figures:

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So far this week I’ve done 10,039, which brings the current total to…

37,001

Not too shabby for one week! ^-^ I don’t think I’ll have more time today because I’ve got a birthday to prepare for, so other things will take priority for today.  If I do manage to fit in any more, I’ll adjust the counter at the top accordingly 🙂

To all of you who are doing NaNo this month:

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And remember- there are no winners in NaNo, only exhausted survivors 🙂

(Seriously, though, you got this!)

I might have been tempted to suffer with you, but I just don’t have time this month with my parents visiting.

Time for the excerpt! I hope it didn’t get too confusing last week with the changed names and everyone being a she. I’ll continue like that until someone tells me it’s too weird 😛

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂

“What happened?” asked Aria, and came to a sudden halt in front of Morgan. She had seen her wounded before. Cuts and bruises had covered her body as surely as her clothes and skin had, but now there was no visible wound. The healer had removed her shirt—Aria assumed to allow her to breathe—but a thick sheen of sweat covered her chest and forehead regardless. She was breathing heavily.

“She’s wheezing,” said Mira, who ignored the sweat covering her and leaned in to hear better.

The woman who had given them space before stood closer. “We’re not sure. Lon brought her to me, but she was already passed out when Lon found her.”

“And she hasn’t woken up since?” asked Mira.

The healer shook her head. “No. We have searched her body but haven’t found any wounds. We can only assume that she was poisoned, but without Morgan’s input we can’t be certain what happened.”

Mira’s face appeared calm when she stepped away, but behind her eyes Aria could see a raging storm. “Who did this?”

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