Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
A Memory of Fire
(SoulNecklace Stories #3)
Publication date: October 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
About my wrist is a tattoo of roses, strung like beads on a bracelet of thorns. I have a past, if only I could remember — but I cannot remember.
Held captive in a strange city, Dana dreams of fire and flight. There is something she must find, but she does not know what it is, or why it is important. If only her dreams would let her rest.
Half a world away, Will studies a new, exciting discipline. But while N’tombe the enchantress is impressed by his newfound skills, inside he feels only desperation. A terrible moment is approaching; soon, Dana must face her final ordeal. Is his new power enough to save her? And is he prepared for what might happen next?
In this thrilling conclusion to the award-winning SoulNecklace Stories, Will and Dana must make a heart-breaking choice. A choice that may change their world forever.
” The roses about my wrist worried me. A tattoo shouldn’t turn about my wrist like a bracelet, but this one seemed to be doing exactly that. And some days the flowers seemed to grow, while at other times they changed color. I spent hours staring at them, daring them to change. But of course they never did it when I was actually watching; they were sneaky. They waited for me to remove my gaze, and then the changes happened.
My silent servant slid the door open. As always, she carried a plate of food.
“I’m sorry if I’m being rude,” I announced. “It’s not personal, really. It’s just,” and I frowned, “they are annoying me.” My voice sounded overloud in the face of her silence. What was with this girl? It was like I was speaking to a simpleton, or someone hard of hearing. I waved my hand under her nose and she recoiled as though I’d shown her a snake. “See? Do they look any different to you?”
She looked at me, at my wrist, at me again. I pointed to the tattooed roses around my right wrist, and flapped my fingers under her face so she had to look. “See? Them.”
Tentatively, the girl touched the circlet of roses. Her fingers felt warm and she had bitten her nails. In that respect, at least, I was better than her. I had long ceased nail-biting. I frowned. When was it that I had last bitten my nails? She frowned too, like a reflection in the mirror, which was annoying.
“Go away,” I said to her. “You’re bothering me.”
She dropped her gaze again.
“Oh no!” I wailed. The rose under the base of my thumb seemed to have turned pink. “Look! They’ve changed. It’s your fault! You distracted me.”
She stepped back, wide-eyed. Clearly, she had no idea what I was talking about.
“Go away!” I yelled, and picked up the plate, full of food, and threw it at her. “And take your horrible food with you!”
She ducked neatly. Evidently, she’d had things thrown at her before. The food – a stew, smelling of lamb and garlic and cinnamon – splattered in an ugly mess on the floor. The girl slid back the door and ran from the room. I heard her feet trip-trapping down the stairs.
“You forgot your plate,” I shouted.
Ah, it was good to shout again. Another rose about my wrist was colored now. Surely, it hadn’t been yellow before? Strangely, it reminded me of someone smiling. “And you can stop that,” I said savagely. ”
Award-winning author Rachel Stedman lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, won Best First Novel at the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014. In 2012 Rachel was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award and was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. If she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s on instagram or twitter (@rlstedman) or at her local library. Her website is www.RLStedman.com.
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