Monday, August 12, 2013

{Tour Stop} WINGS OF NESTOR by Devri Walls—Excerpt + Giveaway

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Wings of Nestor
(Solus #3)
by Devri Walls

Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing—how can she stop the Shadow from using her dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Kiora’s search will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and lead straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, the rebels are hurtling toward one outcome: war. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path, but will fate allow it? Or will it teach her a hard lesson about following her own destiny?

Genre: Fantasy
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KIORA MOANED AND TOSSED in her sleep. Alcander watched her, still as a stone. Then his magic began to drain and he flew to his feet. “Drustan!”
            Drustan snorted awake, pulling his head up sleepily. “What?”
            “It’s coming,” he yelled. “Emane, come on.” Alcander leaped over to Kiora. Kneeling down beside her, he shook her. “Kiora. Kiora!”
            Her eyes flew open.
            “We have to go.” Alcander grabbed her hand to pull her up. “The Shadow is coming.”
            The three ran, scrambling over rocks to climb onto an anxious Drustan. He looked to the right and the left, searching for any sign of the Shadow.
            Kiora threw a bubble as her magic began running out of her like a spigot. Drustan pushed himself into the air.
            “Which way?” he yelled.
            “Up,” Kiora answered. “Straight up. Get out of range.”
            Drustan’s massive wings pumped, pushing them into the sky. Kiora looked down. The Shadow appeared at the base of the rocks. It was the size of a person, but immediately began growing in size. Heaving, it billowed outward and upward.
            “Fly!” Kiora yelled.
            Drustan was pushing his wings to their limit, but the Shadow was gaining on them.
            “Hold on tight!” Drustan yelled back to them.
            The three searched for handholds amongst the large scales, digging in their fingers and toes as Drustan adjusted his flight pattern. Now he went straight up. Kiora’s bubble flickered and was gone as the last bit of magic drained from her.
             A scream of excitement came from below and the Shadow ceased to grow outwards. Instead, it focused all of its energy on following them straight up.  For the second time in twelve hours, Kiora was hanging on to the back of a dragon for dear life, completely void of magic. She couldn’t ignore the irony. Less than two months ago. she didn’t know she had magic. Now the lack of it made her feel naked and vulnerable in a way she couldn’t have imagined.
            The Shadow was growing rapidly, although she did notice that its speed diminished when going up instead of out. But it still gained on them. Emane hung above her, nervous sweat pouring down his face. Alcander was below, looking less strained with the physical exertion and more concerned about the growing mass billowing beneath them.
             “Any ideas?” Alcander yelled up to her.
            “We should be out of range soon!” Kiora prayed that it was true. There were no brilliant ideas this time. If Niall’s story turned out to be false, she had nothing else. 
            The black Shadow sent a tendril whipping up, barely missing Drustan’s tail. A few more flaps of Drustan’s wings and Kiora could feel magic. “It’s working,” she shouted as the Shadow stuttered and dropped further behind.
            Drustan grunted, pushing them higher. The air was thinning, and between the exertion and the altitude, he was gasping for breath.
            “Just a little more,” Kiora encouraged him, glancing back down at the Shadow.
            It had stopped, rippling against an invisible barrier. Niall was right—it could only go so high. Kiora threw up a bubble. Another scream issued from the Shadow, one of blood-boiling anger. Drustan leveled out—not losing height, but allowing the three passengers to release their aching fingers.
            The scream below them faded, replaced by a voice that echoed across the sky. “I will find you,” it seethed. “It is only a matter of time.”
            Those words sent shards of ice through Kiora’s veins. In a moment of sickening clarity, she understood exactly how it kept finding them.
            The Shadow folded in on itself and vanished.

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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.

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