Monday, August 6, 2012

A bonus from Melina Marchetta

This is probably the Australian,
not the American, cover
For those of you (like us!) who are big fans of Melina Marchetta's books Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles, and who are eagerly looking forward to the publication of the third book (not until NEXT YEAR, sigh), here is a bonus...

Ferragost: A Lady Celie of the Flatlands mystery

is a stand-alone short story of 15,000 words. If you are a reader of the Lumatere Chronicles, you'll remember that Celie is the daughter of Lord August and Lady Abian, and is best friends with the Queen of Lumatere. The author promises that it doesn't really give away anything that happens in the upcoming Quintana of Charyn (or even Froi of the Exiles). The events of Ferragost, however, are happening at the same time as in Quintana, so you'll understand the role Celie plays in the bigger picture when Quintana of Charyn is released.

On sale online on Tuesday 7th of August.

Where to buy: Cost is $2.99 (Volume 4, Issue 1 of this online literary magazine) which will include two short stories: Ferragost, as well as Molasses by Kirsty Eagar who wrote Raw Blue, Saltwater Vampires and Nightbeach.

Synopsis: Lady Celie of the Lumateran Flatlands is visiting the Belegonian spring castle on the isle of Ferragost. Cut off from the rest of Belegonia by poor weather, she is confined to the island with four others, including the mysterious castellan of the castle. When the body of one of the guests is discovered on the rocks outside the east tower, Celie is not only considered a suspect, but finds herself embroiled in events that are entwined with her own kingdom's cursed history, as well as the future of the entire land of Skuldenore.

Marchetta's website is here.

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