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The Raven Coven by Emma Miles - Book Blitz + Giveaway

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The Raven Coven

Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.
Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers. 

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This extract takes place in Chem. Osun has returned there, unable to settle in Elden with his brother after the defeat of the Chemman necromancers.

Osun walked along the pens. His hand went instinctively to his nose but he couldn’t block out the stench of urine, sweat, and blood. The smell of human misery always made his skin crawl and it was harder to keep his facial expressions under control. He had to force himself to meet people’s eyes, to pretend ignorance and apathy. He ground his teeth, looking at the colourful signs that hung from poles beside each pen. Some areas had shelters, even seats, most were just fenced off squares of dust and despair. He spotted the man he wanted and strode over.
‘Osun! What brings you to Navere?’ The man was short and burly, his sleeveless tunic showing off his muscles.
‘I’m looking to purchase myself a good fighter and I know you train the best.’
Drogda’s grin widened as Osun looked over the chained men. All of them stood upright and relaxed, eyes down, but for one. A young man sat at the back, his knees drawn up with his arms leaning across them. Unlike the other slaves he looked straight at Osun, although there was no spark of defiance in his grey eyes. Bruises mottled his face, black turning to yellow and green. He couldn’t have been much more than sixteen.
Osun realised Drogda was talking to him.
‘This one here is excellent with a spear and can care for horses.’
Osun didn’t even look at the slave Drogda was indicating.
‘What about this boy?’ Osun asked.
Drogda spat and Osun winced. ‘Best fighter I ever trained but he’s flawed.’
‘Flawed how?’
‘He refuses to kill.’
‘Then how is he still alive?’
‘Oh, he’ll kill in the ring to save his own sorry skin, which is surprising as he seems determined to die by my whip, but if you order him to make a kill, he’ll drop his weapon like a brainless fool!’
Osun frowned. ‘Is he disobedient in any other way?’
The boy sat up straighter and met Osun’s eyes again. Something tingled inside Osun’s ribs, like an itch, like pins and needles. He knew those eyes, they frightened him but he couldn’t look away.

Author Bio –
I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias's world of 'Naris' to explore the Valley with Feather in the 'Hall of Pillars' which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won't regret it.

Twitter @EmmaMilesShadow

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