The Raven Coven by Emma Miles #Extract #BlogBlitz

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.

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for The Raven Coven by Emma Miles today and have a fabulous extract to share with you. Many thanks to Emma and also to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blitz.

In this extract, Queen Ayline of Elden visits Northold – the home of the sorcerer Jorrun – with a delegation from the Fulmers. Frustrated by her lack of authority and her husband not taking her seriously, she asserts herself where she can and demands entry to the forbidden Raven Tower. 

Your majesty.’ Rosa gave a curtsey. ‘Please come inside and have some refreshment?’
Ayline glared at her through narrowed eyes and she was pleased when the older woman’s face reddened. The woman had been away from court for a while and Ayline felt a need to assert her dominance and remind the plain, dull woman who she was.
‘Actually, I want to see inside the Raven Tower.’ Ayline gritted her teeth angrily when Rosa and Tantony glanced at each other.
Rosa opened her mouth to speak, ‘Oh, wel—’
‘I’m not making a request.’ Ayline all but snarled. How dare they question her!
‘Your majesty.’ It was Tantony’s turn to redden a little. Neither Worvig nor Larissa lifted their gaze up from the ground. ‘Thane Jorrun commands tha—’
‘Thane Jorrun does not command the Queen!’ Ayline clenched her fists and took a step toward the Merkis.
He glanced at Rosa again, but nodded quickly. ‘This way, your majesty.’
Behind her she heard Rosa invite Larissa and Worvig into the Hold. The two ladies-in-waiting who had accompanied her started to follow their queen, but Tantony halted.
‘I’m sorry, your majesty, but your ladies will have to wait outside The Tower, them I cannot allow.’
She felt a moment of outrage, followed by concern at going into The Tower alone with the Merkis, but she waved a hand to dismiss the ladies.
Tantony pushed the door open and gave a slight bow. Ayline swallowed, looking into the darkness. She straightened her back and walked quickly past the Merkis, her shoulders dropping and her feet faltering when she saw the room. 

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About the Author

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.
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