Print Length: 286 pages
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing (https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/)
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Follow the Tour to Learn About Exile, Read Exclusive Excerpts, and Enter the Giveaway:
Zarda, Fate-Seer of her people, the Drax, has chosen to join the wingless and their broken-winged dams on their long and dangerous journey into exile. But Kalis, the Prime she has abandoned, dispatches flyers to hunt her down and offers a reward to anyone who will give her up.
When their path takes them into the Crimson Forest, horror and death stalk the exiles beneath the vines. As the pain and hardship of banishment begin to take their toll, Zarda wonders which of the exiles will be the first to betray her, but nothing can prepare her for the discovery that awaits her beyond the furthest reaches of Drax territory; a discovery that has the power to alter the course of history.
Exile’ is the sequel to ‘Unreachable Skies’, and Karen is currently working on the third book in the trilogy.
Read an Excerpt from Exile:
“At least wait a few days—”
“What for?” Colex extended a paw in the direction of the encampment as she spoke. “We haven’t moved since the guardflight netted us here. I say we move now, and quickly, so that we can cross the Deadlands while they are still frozen.” She turned in a slow circle, ears alert, nose busy sniffing for support from those surrounding her. “I’m leaving now, with Lexon,” she added, placing a paw on the wingless shoulders of her offspring. “Get your carry-pouches if you’re coming with us.”
Doran gave me a sideways look and another quick sniff. “Are you going to say anything?”
I looked again at the carry-pouch in which I had buried my Fate-seer’s tunic. Lexon had hatched before most of the other wingless emerged from their eggs. Only Colex’s stubbornness had kept him alive when everyone else was urging that she left him in the foothills for the Koth to take. Back then, before it became clear that every female who had recovered from the Sickness would produce such offspring, even Vizan had suggested that the hatchling would be better off dead. He’d actually brewed a deadly mixture of zenox powder and rotberry juice, but Colex had knocked the beaker out of his paw. She had refused to listen to him, just as she was not listening to Shaya. “Colex won’t heed anyone’s advice,” I said. “She certainly won’t listen to me.”
“Some of the others might,” Doran retorted, indicating the group of several nines who were collecting their carry-pouches and their younglings. “They’ll die if they go into the Deadlands. You know that, Zarda.”
I did know it, but a glance round at the still-whimpering Varna reminded me again of what awaited me if Kalis found his errant Fate-seer. My wing struts developed an itch at the mere thought, but still I sniffed the air to discern how Colex’s supporters truly felt. There was not so much as a whiff of doubt among them – only determination and a degree of sorrow. I looked around at the nines surrounding us, listened to the shouts of their younglings, and smelled their fright, pain, and doubt. I saw Dru, my reason for joining this exile, bound across to Shaya’s side and heard him try to reason with Colex. “I’m not a Fate-seer,” he shouted, his ears erect, and his white mane blowing in the breeze, “but I have the Sight. Shaya is right. If you try to cross the Deadlands, you’ll die!”
Colex snorted. “I’m not going to stand here and listen to a pup tell stories. Get along with you, before I nip your snout, young Dru. It’s your fault we’re out here at all – don’t pretend you can know what will happen to us when you couldn’t even See what would happen to you on the Night of the Two Moons.”
Meet the Author:
Brought up in Staffordshire, England, Karen now lives in West Sussex where she is enjoying her retirement. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching films, local WI and U3A activities, volunteering with the South Downs National Park Volunteer Rangers, and spending time with friends and family. She has also flown in a Spitfire!
Karen has written articles on films and British history for a number of British magazines including ‘Yours’, ‘Classic Television’, and ‘Best of British’. In 2009, her essay on ‘British Propaganda Films of the Second World War’ was published in ‘Under Fire: A Century of War Movies’ (Ian Allen Publishing).
She also wrote a number of online articles and reviews for The Geek Girl Project (www.geekgirlproject.com), as their British correspondent.
Karen’s short stories have appeared in anthologies by Fiction Brigade (2012, e-book), Zharmae Publishing (‘RealLies’, 2013), Audio Arcadia (‘On Another Plane’, 2015), Luna Station Publishing (‘Luna Station Quarterly’ December 2015), Horrified Press (‘Killer Tracks’ and ‘Waiting’, both 2015; and ‘Crossroads’, 2016), and Reflex Fiction (‘Voicemail’, published online 2017). She also won second prize in Writers’ News magazine’s ‘Comeuppance’ competition in 2014 with her short story ‘Hero’.
‘Exile’ is the sequel to ‘Unreachable Skies’, and Karen is currently working on the third book in the trilogy.