I’m hosting an excerpt today from the Trinity book tour. Trinity is a YA fantasy novel, and it has one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen.
With the shock of the fight over, Nidan felt his wounds stinging again. Quickly, he glanced over his injuries as well as he could. His shirt was tattered, mostly slashes on his arms and left shoulder, though he had also been cut across his right hand side. None of the wounds looked dangerously deep, and the black fabric Nidan wore hid the blood stains.
Kiana shook herself from his grasp and turned round to look down at the rider. Nidan followed her gaze. Another Wolf. Not their saviour. Just another Wolf. The mage had succeeded in dragging himself from beneath the dead horse and was beginning to stand. His face was stoically blank even though his shirt was blood-soaked. Nidan quickly took in the Wolf’s injuries: the mage had attempted to bandage a side wound; he held his left hand awkwardly with the fingers curled like claws; there were dark bruises around his neck and he wasn’t placing any weight on his left leg as he stood. He was a mess.
Nidan stepped forward and readied his sword.
Kiana grabbed hold of his arm. “He helped us!”
Nidan narrowed his eyes; he didn’t care.
“He could have helped them kill us,” Kiana said. “But he didn’t. Maybe he doesn’t want us… me… dead at all. You can’t kill him in cold blood!”
Yes, I can. Nidan tried to pull away from her, but Kiana clung on with surprising strength. The muscles in Nidan’s cheeks flexed, but he made no further attempt to circumvent her.
“I never said I didn’t want to kill you,” the Wolf said.
Kiana’s eyes were wide as she turned round. “But you helped us… because we saved you…”
The Wolf had limped round the horse and was now standing, staring at them both with cold blue eyes. Nidan couldn’t read his expression at all.
The Wolf laughed briefly, the sound full of bitterness. “No. For that I should kill you.” The Wolf raised his left hand ever so slightly, his fingertips twitching as he tried to uncrumple his hand.
Nidan wasn’t going to give him a chance. He rushed at the Wolf.
Kiana grabbed at his shirt but he was too fast for her. “Nidan, don’t!”
Nidan seized the Wolf by the neck of his shirt, holding him so their noses were almost touching. “I bet I can kill you before you can work your cursed magic.” He stared up at the Wolf, looking him in the eyes.
“If I was going to use magic against you, I would have already.”
Annoyingly, the Wolf had a point.
Nidan clenched his teeth. “I should kill you.”
“No!” Kiana pushed Nidan away and stepped between them. “Hasn’t there been enough killing?”
“There will never be enough killing for the Wolves. It’s all they live for. To kill those who worship Miale and Pios. To kill you.”
Author: Clare Davidson
Genre: YA Fantasy
‘Trinity’, released July 2012, is Clare Davidson’s debut novel. It is an epic fantasy, targeted at young adult readers, with strong crossover appeal into the adult market.
Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.
Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.
Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.
Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.