The Book Of Bera Part One: Sea Paths

By Suzie Wilde

The first in a brand new series of Viking adventure fantasy novels

Thursday, 23 July 2015


Today, a short extract. The photo is what we would call a twitten, in summer. The extract is a cold, northern spring, with snow on the ground:

Bera collected some loaves from the baker and her spirits lifted when he touched his forelock to her. Respect. She whistled on the way home. Dellingr was still in the world and there was time to prepare before Thorvald returned.

She turned into the last twitten and saw blood.

It did not shift her mood at first: it could have come from a chicken killed for the pot. She marvelled at the vivid red on the grey planks of the walkway until its saturation began to sear her brain. When she shut her eyes the splashes were still there, yellow against purple. The skern had gone before giving his warning. Was this it?

Bera hurried on. The drips kept with her, punctuating her way. She began to panic. She slipped and tripped, terrified they were all dead. Sigrid! The shame of failing to protect them was too dreadful to think about.

Outside the door was a spray of scarlet, as if a vein had been opened right there.

She fumbled with the thick outer latch but then it was open and she burst in, tripping on the sill. Very bad luck. She stumbled through the dark passage and could not find the inner latch. The spirits jeered.

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Susan Smith
 Susan Smith says:

As if I'm not eager enough to read this book, you tease shamefully!

posted 23rd July 2015

Suzie Wilde
 Suzie Wilde says:

Do you think I should do fewer posts?

posted 23rd July 2015

Andrew Hawkins
 Andrew Hawkins says:

No, No, absolutely not!! Personally I think it is fundamental to not only the ethos of the 'Unbound' idea ,but very important to you and The Book of Bera. I look every day to see how things are going (jolly well I would say).
I love your posts, agree with Susan, it's a hell of a tease.
Keep it going lovely lady,
from a very dear friend xxx

posted 24th July 2015

Suzie Wilde
 Suzie Wilde says:

Then I'm happy to oblige - and hope soon there will be the kind of dialogue between writer and readers that Unbound encourage. Normally you only get sporadic contact post-publication. Soon I hope to be able to share design ideas and so on.

posted 24th July 2015

Susan Smith
 Susan Smith says:

Of course you shouldn't do fewer posts! They're a fascinating insight. However, I feel like a three year old, twitchy with anticipation...x

posted 28th July 2015

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