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Ashael seeks allies from across KalaDene, a journey that could cost her everything, while the Zanthar face interference from Zan before resuming their conquest of Ashael’s world.

A month has passed since the events of the solstice and Ashael has found some peace with the Agnikant. They have given her time to heal and to begin learning the magic of Agni but the respite is coming to an end. A Zanthar attack on the home of the Agnikant sets Ashael and Iwan on a journey to bring warning to the people of KalaDene and recruit old allies if they can. But the journey will cost her dearly.

Daven and Meegrum find their plans of conquest stalled with the arrival of Cenric - Daven’s nemesis and the king’s son-in-law. Limited in their ability to feed and use magic, they must rid themselves of Cenric before turning once more to the subjugation of KalaDene, but things haven’t been the same for Meegrum since the solstice. He’s changing. Can he find a solution before Daven notices?

Can Ashael bring the people of KalaDene together and defeat the Zanthar once and for all? And can she do it without losing herself?

Shona Kinsella is the author of The Vessel of KalaDene series (Unbound), illustrated epic fantasy serial, Miranya’s Oath (Patreon) and dark modern fantasy Petra MacDonald and the Queen of the Fae (Fox Spirit Books). She is also joint editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, BFS Horizons. She lives near Loch Lomond with her husband and three children. On the rare occasions she’s not writing or wrangling children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Find out more about Shona and her writing at www.shonakinsella.com or follow her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/shona_kinsella) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/ShonaKinsellaAuthor)

 

*** Please note, this excerpt contains spoilers for Book one of the series, Ashael Rising. If you haven’t read that yet, you may wish to read the excerpt here instead:https://unbound.com/books/ashael-rising/

Ashael smiled as she scraped some heiro moss from the rock in front of her. It had been a lucky find, it didn’t usually grow as high as this in the mountains. She tucked some of the infection-fighting moss into her travel pouch and then looked around carefully, marking the location in her memory. Iwan sat on a rock opposite her, drinking from his water skin. Ashael watched the muscles move in his throat, letting her gaze wander up his neck, over the line of his jaw and to his face. She felt a deep peace just looking at him.

‘We should probably start heading back,’ she said, tucking her stone foraging knife into her belt.

Iwan stood and offered his hand, pulling her to her feet, before he stooped and lifted the hares that he had trapped that morning.

‘Will you be training with Tchalikila later?’ he asked after they had been walking for a few minutes.

‘No,’ Ashael answered. ‘She thinks I’ve been working too hard. She insisted that I take a few days to rest and do other things. I offered to help your mother make tunics today. She does so much for me.’

‘As far as mother is concerned, she can never repay her debt to you.’

‘You know how I feel about that,’ Ashael said, sharply. ‘There is no debt.’

‘I know,’ Iwan said, leaning in to kiss Ashael’s cheek, ‘but you gave her freedom. She’s never going to agree with you.’

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The Folk

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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The folk are Ashael’s people. They are her family and friends and they appear in the books more than the other races of KalaDene. They are hunter-gatherers with roughly stone age equivalent technology. They are tribal, in a way, structured around groups called cams, each with a leader and a filidh (healer and spiritual advisor). The cams are separate communities, but they share bonds of friendship…

Character Profile - Ashael

Friday, 17 May 2019

Ashael

Character Profile – Ashael

 

Name – Ashael

Age – Twentyish

Parents – Mhairi and Callum, both deceased.

Role within the cam – apprentice filidh (healer and spiritual leader)

Spouse – none.

Ashael is a young woman who is devoted to her role as apprentice, determined to become a great healer in the future. Although an orphan, Ashael has deep bonds with her friends and her community…

Setting

Friday, 10 May 2019

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Hello!

I had intended getting this post up last week but as those of you who follow me on social maedia may already know, I had a gas leak into the house which resulted in having no gas supply for five days. It was one of those sitautions that seemed to need another thing done every time we thought we were organised so it took over our lives for most of a week. I'm happy to say that we now have…

Spring has sprung

Thursday, 25 April 2019

I sit here writing this in the living room of my house - I haven't quite finished moving everything through to the cupboard planned as my writing nook yet. I've been using that space to store baby things that my children no longer need, things which will soon be passed on to someone else, for a new baby. Unitl then, my desk is still in my little corner of the living room. While I very much look forward…

Podcast fun

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Today I'm making my podcast debut on the brilliant Speculative Spaces Podcast. Check it out to hear me talk about discovery writing, The Vessel of KalaDene Series, challenging your own assumptions and much more as I chat to the lovely EM Faulds. 

http://www.speculativespaces.com/episode-008-shona-kinsella/

 

An update and a treat

Monday, 11 March 2019

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Hi all, 

Things are quiet here. I'm working on a few short stories and catching up on some admin etc before the end of the month. I plan to use Camp Nano (a writing challenge) in April to get a running start at Book 3, the end of the Vessel of KalaDene trilogy. My hope is that, by the time Ashael Falling is published, book 3 will be ready to begin the crowdfunding process. So you shouldn't have…

Writing Room

Monday, 18 February 2019

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At the moment, my desk is set up in a corner of our living room and that is where I work. I love having a desk set up - before that I was working with the laptop on my knees or at the kitchen table and having a permanent space has been lovely. It has made me feel like my writing has a place in our lives, if that makes any sense. However, working in the living room has it's challenges. 

Other…

Ashael Has Fallen

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Hello all! 

I have news of the most exciting sort. The first draft of Ashael Falling is now complete. It feels really good to be able to say that. Before it goes anywhere near Unbound and my editor, I'll go through at least two or three passes., during which I'll play with the structure, possibly move some chapters around. There'll will be some cuts and filling out of ideas and lots of tweaking…

Drafting pains

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Hi everyone, 

I hope that life is treating you all well. I've had my hands full with a couple of sick kids over the festive period, soem health issues of my own and car troubles. Life likes to keep me on my toes! 

With all of that going on, I'm a bit further behind in the draft than I exoected to be - in that I'm still writing when I had planned to finish by now! Only some of the blame lies…

Merry Christmas!

Monday, 24 December 2018

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Hello! 

Around here, the Christmas preparations have been keeping me busy. The kids have had lots of things on at school and social clubs they go to and we’ve been making decorations and baking and having a birthday party for our son who was two this month. 

In anongst all that, I have managed to do some writing. I wrote the hardest scene I’ve had to do yet and I may have shed a tear or two…

Short Story

Thursday, 13 December 2018

I thought you might be interested in reading some short ficiton that I have out just now. It's not related to Ashael's story but it does have a similar flavour, I think. Anyway, it's being published in four parts on The Fantasy Hive and here is a link to Part 1: https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2018/12/a-suitable-offering-part-one-by-shona-kinsella/

If you read it, I'd love to hear what you think so…

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