The Rose Shield – Kari’s Reckoning

Catling’s Bane, the first book in The Rose Shield tetralogy is nearing the finish line, and unless some unforeseen computer meltdown halts all progress, it should be out… next week!

The rest of the books are slogging their way through my list of double-checks including Book 4: Kari’s Reckoning. Below is a little snippet. I took out the important names – so no hints (and a few extra pronouns). Stay tuned.

Kari’s Reckoning

He carved woads into his own skin, scored his cheeks and hairline, sliced grooves into his chest and arms. He notched his ears and slashed his shoulders and thighs. Blood ran down his legs and arms, dripped from his chin and fingers. He flayed Guardian’s dagger from his forearm and would have found another place to carve if Lian hadn’t ripped his knife from his hands and flung it into the forest.

The Farlander heaved him up and carried him to the pond. The water glowed and whirled, rich with luminescence. He staggered into the freezing fluidity and lay down, sinking beneath the surface. The light retracted and surged back, clung to his skin, and burrowed into his flesh. His wounds burned. Luminescence swirled with his blood, entered his veins, and lit him like a brand. He rose for a breath and sank again, eyes open, his vision filled with divine brightness.

The world spoke to him, not with words but emotion, an ancient message extending back through eternal time. His blood leached out, blending with the planet’s soul, every fiber connected across the land and water and air, the living and dead. The world drew on his life, tasted its richness, and integrated him into the pattern. Life surged around him and exploded into him, unstoppable and larger than he and those he lost, all of them forever part of the whole. The sensation was love, but not the feeling of love. All the emotions, fear and sadness, joy and pleasure, anger, and passion blended into the rich and poignant elixir of life.

He gasped for breath and floated, his irises reflecting the three moons and a night drowned in stars. The fire in his veins abated and the sting in his wounds faded. The owl called its lonely song. He closed his eyes and rested in the cold light.

Next Week!

108 thoughts on “The Rose Shield – Kari’s Reckoning

  1. Steven Baird says:

    Beautiful and vivid writing, Diana. I look forward to reading. You have a gift for intoxicating world-building!

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    • Thanks! This is an alien mourning ritual that hopefully captures the depth of the character’s grief as well as the mystical quality of the planet. Glad you enjoyed it, my friend. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. Antonia says:

    I love the world you have created Diana! I am so excited for you, and thank you for the look into Book4! Congratulations!

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  3. I love the way you write. You really have a talent for weaving rich and intricate imagry

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  4. Erika Beebe says:

    Very intriguing! Beautiful cover! You have a stunning artist:)

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  5. staceywilk says:

    You do a wonderful job with description. Best of luck on your new release!!

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  6. Congratulations and best wishes, Diana! This was a thoroughly powerful and beautiful excerpt. You are gifted at writing such majestic l prose. I use Google docs and a flash drive as a backup, I may need to check Dropbox. Thanks for that tip.

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  7. Wow! That’s a powerful scene, D. Can’t wait until they come out. On my TBR list for sure πŸ˜€

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  8. I wish you the best with your writing!!! πŸ™‚

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  9. Annika Perry says:

    Extraordinary excerpt, Diana! The language so rich and sumptuous – a real literary flair and joy to read, sense the words.

    Good luck with the final work here and please tell me you’re saving these in various formats – computer meltdowns are banned!!

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  10. Bernadette says:

    The imagery in the passage is filled with many different and powerful emotions – sadness, horror, beauty. It certainly will make the reader want to find out more. Great work Diana. Happy WeekendπŸ€—

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  11. acflory says:

    Very, very powerful!

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  12. Great story. It’s nice to find good writers. Blogs are a good medium for letting people know about you! Best of lick for you! πŸ€

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  13. Purpleanais says:

    What a great writer you are, Diana. Congratulations on reaching the finish line as well πŸ˜€

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  14. adeleulnais says:

    I’m super excited that Caitlin’s Bane is nearing publication. xx

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  15. dgkaye says:

    Looks like an intriguing series Diana. No doubt you will be giving your readers a riveting read with this one. Four books, wow! You are a true dynamo! Wishing you much success with the new series. The cover is gorgeous. πŸ™‚

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  16. arlene says:

    Would love to read your books someday.

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  17. Wow, I agree that this sounds like another winner series. I love your writing so much Diana!

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  18. That cover is wicked. Who’s the artist?

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    • Thanks Riley, I used a design firm that I found on the internet, Deranged Doctor Design. They specialize in fantasy/sci-fi/thrillers/romance. On time and very professional. Just browsing their portfolio is luscious! Lol.

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  19. Erik says:

    OK, I have to say to anyone who is reading this comment, I’ve been beta reading this series. And while I’m a voracious reader, I’m also picky about what I endorse. Especially as a writer myself, I have to be extra careful about putting my own “five-star” stamp on anything, because it reflects what people can expect out of my writing as well.

    This is hands down a five-star series. Plan on losing sleep over it.

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  20. Next week?! ❀ I love this. And you know I love the cover but I'll say it again. Though, okay, I just did. Very excited for you! Is it on pre-order?

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  21. Christy B says:

    Ohhh I must read more! I like how you changed the text a bit so as not to give away any secrets πŸ˜‰

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  22. Pretty exciting snippet here. Here’s hoping that all goes smoothly for next week, too.

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  23. I am so pleased to read this. I can just imagine how excited you must be. Another baby is ready to leave the nest and fly out into the world. Well done my friend.
    (PS. I am sorry I suck as a Beta reader)

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  24. There are too many lines that struck me, to even choose favorites. Looking forward to the release! Congratulations, Diana!! Oh, and that cover! ❀❀

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  25. balroop2013 says:

    I am amazed at your speed Diana!! You are an epitome of inspiration! Many good wishes for the success of this new book and series. πŸ™‚

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    • It may look speedy, Balroop, but it’s been in the works for a couple years now. Because its a serial, I just like to hold the first ones back until they are all close to ready. An exciting time. Thanks so much for your support πŸ™‚

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  26. That is a gorgeous cover. That alone would get me to take a second look (but I know the author, so I’m already planning to purchase).

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  27. babbitman says:

    Awesome, as ever! I love how this planet and its water behaves and how it impacts on the characters. Mystical medieval sci-fi fantasy awaits…
    πŸ™‚

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  28. Holy Hannah… Diana, you are one prolific writer. That’s amazing. Congratulations. Mega hugs!

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  29. Wow, there are so many favorite lines in this snippet, I don’t know where to begin, but this is one of them: “Luminescence swirled with his blood, entered his veins, and lit him like a brand.” This book sounds fantastic, Diana. Sending luck with your new release, and that there are no computer or any other glitches. Good thing you aren’t here. We’ve had a million without power with over a half million still without it.

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  30. Nice. And all very exciting, too. πŸ™‚

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  31. Almost Iowa says:

    Very lush writing! Beautiful.

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  32. Phil Ryan says:

    Oh wow what an exciting time for you, D and what a snippet to share. Fingers crossed for no glitches and nothing but great success for you πŸ™‚

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  33. Kara says:

    Love the flow of the sentence “The fire in his veins abated and the sting in his wounds faded.”

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