Trinity Clare Davidson
Genre: Young Adult/High Fantasy
Number of pages: 279
Word Count: 88,000
Cover Artist: Bramasta Aji
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/H0OfIk4jfZY
Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom. Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed. Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.
Nidan's Guide to Gettryne
I guess it's no secret that my father is a messenger. Messengers are the "back bone of Gettryne". His words, not mine. He's probably right. Messengers travel alone, delivering news, orders and letters between cities, braving the constant threat of the Wolves. As a boy, I remember watching my mother grow increasingly afraid, waiting for father to return.
I spent a lot of time travelling with my father. If Pios hadn't called me to his service, I'd have been a messenger by now. So yes, I can probably tell you anything you want to know about Gettryne.
Let's start with the basics, shall we? Gettryne is sea-locked. That's not a bad thing–the seas are teaming with fish. Of course, that's only useful if you live on the south coast. The north coast is too mountainous and full of Wolves.
I still remember the first time I tasted truly fresh fish, fresh from the nets. I'd accompanied father to deliver a message to the lord of Byrock. I have no idea what the message was about, but it certainly pleased him. He treated us to a slap up feast and a night in his hall in comfortable beds. The fish literally melted in my mouth. It was the best thing I've ever tasted–except ale–far better than tough strips of salted beef.
I was born in a village within eyeshot of the city of Lorwick. Father has to be close to the city, but my mother hates the hustle and bustle so we live in the village she was born in. Lord Claville is a fair ruler and, unsurprisingly, he's made sure he stays in cahoots with Lord Osmont of Ironhold–wouldn't you want to be firm friends with the man who has the main force of the Guardians at his disposal?
There are ten more ruling lords in Gettryne, each in charge of a city and the surrounding lands. I'd bet that most are jealous of Lord Osmont and Lord Thorel, who rules Fairlake–home of the high temple of Miale.
Then there's the Fallen Lands, which should have been the largest and grandest seat of a ruling lord. But thanks to the Wolves, it's nothing more than a barren wasteland. That was where the Wolves murdered Miale. That was where the War of Tears started. That was where the Wolves first revealed their cursed magic and leeched the life from the earth. A thousand years later, nothing grows in the Fallen Lands. Nothing ever will.
Let's not end on a depressing note. We've got enough to be sad about in Gettryne. The most magnificent sight in the whole country is watching the sunset from the roof of Pios' temple in Ironhold. You're not supposed to go up there, but that's never stopped any novice yet. From there, you can see the fields and forests disappear as the sun slowly dips below the horizon. That's a moment when you know that Pios is looking over us all.
If there's anything else you want to know, just ask.
About the Author:
Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.