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The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell - Book Tour + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell. The Twelve Tasks is the first book in a new epic fantasy series called The Djed Chronicles where the future of the twelve magicked worlds rests upon the shoulders of a girl from earth. 

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 till 31 January. See the tour schedule here. You can enter the tour wide giveaway at the bottom of this post!


The Twelve Tasks

The Twelve Tasks (The Djed Chronicles #1)
By Katharine E. Wibell
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 13 November, 2020

Blurb:
The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth.

Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl.
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The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences.

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Excerpt
The little fishing skiff they had been following had yet to dock. This was strange, for it had had a good lead. Almost adrift, the craft bobbed along with the current. Though Katie knew little about sailing boats, something about its purposeless movements bothered her.

There appeared to be something in the water. Or was it one of the men? Squinting still did not prove helpful, although she thought she saw a dark tint to the water around the vessel. Blood?

“Ikuqu!” Katie cried out. “Can you see what’s happening out there?”

The halfling followed her gaze through the evening twilight. The boat appeared empty. Beneath the water’s surface, a shape moved. Perhaps ten feet long, it rammed the skiff, and the boat rocked dangerously.

What was going on? What had happened to the people? As Ikuqu drew his bow back, the massive form slammed into the boat again, and something fell overboard. The boy! Splashing desperately, the child attempted to return to his vessel. On board, a man had jumped to his feet and was reaching out to grab him. The third figure was nowhere in sight.

All at once, Katie realized what was occurring. “The thing in the water’s going after the boy!”

“Out of the way!” Ikuqu ordered, but Katie was already sliding down the slope to the water’s edge.

The boat jolted sideways as it was shoved away from the child. The man shouted to the boy, but he was struggling to swim for the shore and was too far away to hear.

Without thinking, Katie charged into the frigid water and began to paddle toward the panicking youngster. Overhead, an arrow shot past her; Ikuqu had taken aim at the mysterious aquatic attacker. Ahead of her, the man beat his hands on the side of the skiff, desperately trying to draw attention to himself and away from the boy.

At first, it seemed this strategy might work. Then the dark mass broke the surface. A leathery-skinned dorsal hump cut through the water, making a beeline for the child. The monster reminded Katie of a cross between a crocodile and a cougar. Its raised head displayed a whiskered fringe around a fanged mouth. Strong, webbed feet made it adept in the water; Katie, however, was not.

Another arrow flew by. This one landed to the left of the monster. Sar’ra was shouting, “Katie, get out of there! Ikuqu’s arrows are not working…it’s the saltwater…but he might hit you!”

The boy, who appeared to be around nine years old, was now not far from Katie. His terrified eyes flashed, and his limbs flailed about. He had almost reached her. Behind him, the creature approached. She could not turn away and leave him.

A third arrow veered away and landed short of the monster, which seemed to aggravate the thing even more. With an ear-splitting squeal, it dove under the surface. Katie reached out and grabbed the child by one arm. As she tried to tug him back to shore, she wished she had learned to be a lifeguard; that surely would have helped her now.

Then several things happened all at once.

“Dale!” the man on the boat cried out. The boy gasped in pure fear. The dark mass, now directly underneath them, was rising.

“Hurry!” Katie shouted as she quickly began to back-paddle.

On the shore’s ledge, Ikuqu took aim once again. Don’t miss! Katie prayed silently, for if he did, she or the boy might be struck down. The arrow was released. In seconds, the projectile sank into the nape of the monster’s neck, just as the beast grabbed hold of Katie’s left arm.

The creature was killed instantly and began to sink, pulling Katie with it. Desperately, she tried to pry open the jaws of the corpse, but its death grip was too strong. Suddenly, the thing turned about. Was it still alive? If so, she would soon be its meal.

As Katie twisted with the monster, it turned belly up and rose to the surface. Although her arm was bleeding and bent at a horribly uncomfortable angle, at least she could breathe again. Inhaling deeply, she heard the man’s voice.

“Hold still. I’ll get ’im off you.”

Rough hands reached around her to wedge an enormous metal hook into the creature’s mouth and pry it open. Thankfully, the crunching sound was not her arm. Regardless, Katie cried out, but she was grateful for the man’s assistance into the boat. The boy, Dale, was already wrapped in a threadbare blanket. He handed Katie another with his gloved hands. The man bent and examined her arm.

“You’re lucky,” he acknowledged. After binding her wound as best he could with what he had on board, he tethered the giant carcass to the stern. “You and ya friends saved m’ boy. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome,” Katie began as she turned toward her companions. “We…”

Ikuqu and Sar’ra had disappeared. Taking a moment to look about, she said, “Maybe they headed to the village?”

The man also peered at the empty ledge. “Ilmatar is the only village on this side of the island. That would be as good a place as any to meet up with them, I suppose.”

Gesturing toward the carcass, Katie asked, “What is…was that thing?”

“Orobon. Those things are vicious predators. He was probably tracking us since the open ocean.”

The boy began to sob, and the man placed a hand on his shoulder. “It got my partner. Would have got us, too. We are in your debt.” The man looked at Katie with an expression of gratitude mixed with awe.

 

Katharine E Wibell

About the Author:
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

Wibell grew up in a rural town in Georgia, and this series was inspired by her childhood play with her sister. Together, they set up the groundwork for the twelve magicked worlds, the Djed, and the plethora of characters that come to life in these books.

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