I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I don't anticipate a huge amount of rewriting after it goes through editing - she'll be cleaning it up, looking for mistakes and helping me smooth out any rough patches. I feel like it's a pretty solid story (who am I kidding - I'm really happy with it!), and I am so excited to share it with all of you! We're still looking at a release date in late May.
And just for fun, a little tease from the opening...
The rock face was cool under Daro’s hands, the tiny bits of rough stone prickling his palms and fingertips. He leaned his forehead against the rock, his arms spread wide, letting the weight of it hold him steady. His limbs were jittery, his mind edgy and anxious. As the cool breeze drifted over his back, he closed his eyes. It carried the lush scent of rain and dirt, of moss and grass, of life awakening as warmth returned to the world and winter retreated back into its shadow.
Pressing his hands against the rock, he let the stone push into his head. As his body trembled, he forced himself to stillness. The silence was threatening, allowing the chaos in his mind to run unchecked. He let the voices rise, their clamor thundering behind his ears, drowning out the bird calls and chirping insects in the forest behind him.