Thursday, March 24, 2011

Scene from Exiled: Autumn's Peril

The first scene that comes to mind is taken from the opening chapter. Choosing an unedited excerpt,
I feel this chapter has been polished more than most. This description was originally included, then omitted then by popular demand included again...

My hero Caleath finds sleeping during the dark hours of the night a challenge. Here is why:

 Despite his determination, sleep overwhelmed him but offered no peace of mind. Scrutinized by the sightless eyes of drowned men, panic plagued his dreams. 
Hungry for vengeance and corrupted by the stench of watery decay, their angry spirits sought to destroy his sanity.
In his vision, strands of hair washed like seaweed across the disintegrating flesh of dead sailors. 
Tides of marine scavengers reduced humanity to bare bone and memory. Ghostly accusations spread on the current to drown him in guilt. 
Lifeless skulls and partially devoured corpses of the recently drowned whispered curses and laid the blame for their demise on his shoulders. 
Fleshless fingers reached through the depths to draw him into Death’s grasp while parasitic wraiths gnawed at his soul and his lungs filled with the fetor of a carnivore’s breath.

He wakes to find a wolf breathing down his neck . 
The Chronicles of Caleath Book One EXILED: Autumn's Peril to be released in Sept 2011.


Wendy said...

I like this scene. It's haunting and lyrical and places us inside Caleath's tortured inner and outer world.

Unknown said...

Reading an exerpt from Caleath for the first time here one might think this was pertaining to a horror story; it is most definitely not. The Chronicles of Caleath is the best fantasy sci/fi I've ever had the honor to read. Some of Ms Skinner's critics have actually accused the book as being 'too' descriptive, well, if one truly wants to 'feel' what the subject on the page feels as well as sees, in other words, 'jump into the story', this is the book for you. A story you will never forget and will always yearn for more.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Thank you Wendy and Shtara for taking the time to read and comment. :)
I think my editors have corrected the 'too descriptive' side of the books. At least I hope so. This extract is one of the more expansive descriptions. :) Perhaps that is why I chose it. I let myself go.