Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 12 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

This snippet is from Warlock’s Pawn and continues from the last one (click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of the post to read past snippets). I seem to have piqued people’s interests with a reference to wings, so it’s only fair I elaborate.

Warlock’s Pawn is a fantasy romance inspired by The Arabian Nights. It was just released and is available on  LSBooksAmazonARe, and Kobo. It will probably show up at other locations soon.

With a tired sigh, Alia drew in power from the cold night. Her bones grew lighter, her very self merged with the air that surrounded them. There was pain, more than any could imagine, as wind fused with bone. Icy fey magic lanced through her, freezing her body from within, demanding she surrender all energy to the transformation. The moment it peaked, she slipped past the stone ledge and plunged into the darkness.

These were not the wings of myth. These were not the beautiful white feathers that gave birds flight. A sail of pure energy captured the wind, allowing her now lightened bones to rise toward the sky.

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9 responses to “Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 12 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

  1. I’ve never seed a transformation depicted like that. Quite nice!

  2. An interesting snippet. Hopefully this isn’t the first one she’s done, since she threw herself off a cliff. 🙂

  3. Very nice! I honed in on the fact that there is pain during the transformation. I wonder how often this transformation is done and whether she avoids it as much as possible due to that fact.

  4. Nice depiction of the transformation.

  5. I absolutely love your description of the rise and harnessing of power. It is not an easy, comfortable transformation. But cold and hard and demanding. Beautful.

  6. Oh – sweet. Nice description – of the wings, the transformation and the magic/power behind it. Cool!

  7. Chiming in with everyone else but that was an awesome description. It immediately drew me in and was unique and original and well written – great stuff.

  8. Love love love the description of her transformation and the pain her powers bring her. Nice snippet!

  9. Thanks folks! I owe it to all the manga I read as a child–lots of energy sails/energy wings in there. No mechs in this story though (hop right along plot bunny…)

    By the way, I’m going to have to take a hiatus next week. I’m participating in the Earth Day blog hop next weekend (sign-ups are still open if you write in the genre).

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