I read more indie books than I have time to review, which always makes me feel a little guilty as I know how valuable reviews are to indie authors.
So for those indie books I REALLY want to recommend, I thought I’d run a little experiment (inspired by Page 99 Test) whereby I post a 300-word excerpt from the start of page 99 and leave it up to you to decide if you want to read further. Because a little bit of promotion is better than nothing at all, right?
Without further ado:
Wolfkin by Elaine Corvidae
Three second review: amazing world-building and a beautiful love story — this one will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Definitely worth reading the entire Lord of Wind and Fire series.
Excerpt from page 99:
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A velvet doublet covered a body going slightly paunchy from too much good food. The belt at his waist was finely-tooled leather hung from a bejewelled dagger that seemed the only weapon about him. The scent of patchouli obscured his human musk and made Yozerf want to sneeze.
“Suchen!” the man cried gladly, his voice stained by a bourgeoisie accent. “They told me you had come back!”
Suchen’s blue eyes went wide with surprise. For an instant, she seemed about to step away from the man and flee from the room. “S-Staafon?” she gasped in surprise.
“Of course.” He beamed as he drew up to her. Surely you got my last letter, when I said I’d be staying the winter here? I was so worried when I found you gone!”
“I-I did,” she stammered uncertainly. She cast a wild look over her shoulder in Yozerf’s direction, and then turned back to Staafon. “Get your letter, that is. Things have been so hectic, I—I suppose I forgot how much time has passed.”
Staafon smiled brilliantly, revealing a mouth full of white, even teeth. “Of course,” he agreed reassuringly. “I understand completely, my love.”
And so saying, he put his arms about her and drew her in for a kiss.
Yozerf felt all the blood drain from his heart. For a moment, his mind refused to comprehend what his eyes told him was true.
But he had never been one for denial.
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