The Bone Whistle
by K.B. Hoyle
Release Date: September 18 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION/Fantasy/Magic & Family/General
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-279-2
Darcy clenched her teeth, released Tellius’s hand, and took the lead. Before she knew it, she was running, strength coming from some hidden reserves of adrenaline. She crested the ridge and swung into Archaios’s cave, ignoring the giant white dragon and the stabs of cold that informed her shadow creatures were nearby.
Sam lay on a pallet of furs near the spring of water in the back of the cave, with her golden hair fanned out around her pale face and her eyes fixed on Perry, who knelt at her side. Lewis and Dean, who also looked pale and ill, but not nearly as much, sat nearby with their backs against the cave wall, staring into space.
“Sam!” Darcy cried, diving beside her best friend and taking up her cold hand.
Sam’s lashes fluttered, and she squeezed Darcy’s hand briefly. Her blue eyes, somehow paler than before, caught Darcy’s gaze, and she smiled. “You made it,” she whispered. “I’ve been waiting for you.”
“What do you mean? Don’t talk like that!”
Sam smiled. She was thin—her chin and jaw looked sharp and angular, her eyes sunken. The pallor of her skin held a blue tint, and her hand lay limp in Darcy’s. Darcy cast an anguished look at Perry and saw in his expression a lack of hope. She shook her head and looked back down at Sam.
“No. No, no, no.” Darcy brought both hands together over Sam’s, sandwiching her limp one between them, and tried to send warmth and strength into her. But she had no magical connection with Sam, no marriage bond that allowed for the transference of power, and Sam did not warm or stir.
“It’s okay,” Sam whispered. “I’m ready. I understand now—what my purpose was here. I’ve done what I was sent to do, and now I can rest, and I don’t have to be afraid anymore.”
Darcy’s face crinkled, and her vision blurred with hot tears.
“You’re going to be just fine, Darcy—you know that, right?” Sam’s voice was barely a breath of air. “Remember, why you do what you do matters. And . . .” Her gaze left Darcy’s and strayed to the ceiling. “Life is greater than death.” She sighed. “I’ve always believed in you, Darcy.”
Darcy sniffed and gasped. “I know, Sam. I’ve never deserved your friendship. I wasn’t worthy of your loyalty.”
Sam smiled again, her eyes still fixed on the ceiling. “That’s why you needed it.”
Darcy bit her lip, her chest heaving. “I love you, Sam. Please don’t go!”
“I love you, too,” Sam said, looking back at her, then at Perry. “And you. But in different ways.”
Her smile was teasing, and it tore Darcy’s heart to shreds. Darcy bowed her head and sobbed.
Sam’s fingers fluttered. “I’m very tired,” she whispered.
“Do something,” Perry said to Darcy, his voice breaking.
Darcy shook her head. “I don’t know what to do.”
“I’m very tired,” Sam said again, her voice remote, her volume dropping even more. “But I needed to tell you one more thing, Darcy.”
Darcy leaned close. “Yes?” she asked, her face hovering over Sam’s.
Sam speared her with an intense gaze, and then she turned and nodded toward the far wall of the cave where Boitheia stood watching them.
“She will betray you,” Sam said in the barest of whispers.
Darcy parted her lips and knit her brow.
“Let her,” Sam said.
Darcy burned with the pain of knowing she’d failed. What happened when a prophecy didn’t come true? It must not have been much of a prophecy in the first place. And if they couldn’t trust in that, then they couldn’t trust in anything at all.
Five years ago, Darcy first received the prophecy of the Six, which stated she and her friends would save the land of Alitheia from a shadowy foe. For five years, she hasn’t known what the end will look like, but she certainly didn’t expect this.
Thrust back into Alitheia through unexpected means, Darcy winds up alone, scared, and without her recent memory. As she struggles to regain her lost memories and reunite with the ones she loves, she pieces together the prophecies and the oracles to find they all converge into one story¾a story that tells her just how much she’ll have to give to save both worlds, and everyone she loves.
Pursued through Alitheia by forces desperate to kill them, Darcy and her friends take a journey fraught with danger that will lead them, inevitably, to the final confrontation with the Shadow. Armed with newfound knowledge of how the prophecy of the Six will play out, Darcy and the others must have faith in the face of mounting odds and adversity. Ultimately, the greatest courage of all belongs not to those who give something of themselves, but to those who let go of what they could never control.
Filled with stunning losses, heart-wrenching reunions, unexpected twists, and the power of love and sacrifice, the conclusion to The Gateway Chronicles will leave you breathless and begging for more from author K. B. Hoyle.
About the Author:
K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three rambunctious little boys. Her favorite literary genres have always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people, and she wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven. Her goal as a writer is to take a look at existing truths in the world around her and repackage them in new, exciting, and fantastic ways.
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Praise for The Bone Whistle
"I really enjoyed this series from the opening pages of THE SIX, where we meet 13 year old, solipsistic, angst-ridden Darcy, through to the final pages of THE BONE WHISTLE where we leave her behind, matured and likely as grown as she will ever be." - Suzy Goodreads Review