From AKAELA (the Mayake Chronicles Book 1), Prologue:
I reach the top of the ridge and climb over the edge.The above is my Sunday snippet submission for the Weekend writer Warriors (you can find the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook, too). Make sure you check out all Weekend writer Warriors participants, it's a fun way to find forthcoming books -- all genres welcome, there's something for everyone's tastes.
My knees are scraped, my hands are cut and bleeding, and yet as soon as I stand over the verge—the gorge below opening into the valley ahead—I get giddy with excitement.
The mesa looms hundreds of feet above the Yatelan plane, the land our father the Kawa River has given us to inhabit. The river travels across the mesa and then drops into our land, dissipating into the majestic beauty of the Bridal Veil Waterfalls. If I rise on my toes I can see them in the distance, the mist created by the water as it plunges down refracting into a million rainbows.
I smell the waterfall, the forest, the river. I smell the freedom of the wind in my hair and the sweat of the horses, waiting at the bottom of the gorge. Taeh whinnies, her hooves thumping against dry sand. Impatiently.
This is from my new YA project, you can read the beginning of the chapter up to this point here.
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