Book Excerpt from Sora’s Quest

21 May


Here’s an excerpt from young adult fantasy novel “Sora’s Quest”. In the context of the excerpt, Sora Fallcrest is fleeing from her manor, when she runs into an uninvited guest… The excerpt is called “Sora and the Assassin”.

Book Excerpt

An unidentified something-or-other crashed into her, hard enough to send her sprawling to the floor. She hit hard and rolled several feet before slamming into the wall, a body tangled on top of her. She felt the toe of a boot in her back.

Without thinking, Sora did what any sensible woman would do. She screamed.

Immediately the body was up and off of her. A hand grabbed her braid and yanked her to her feet, which won another screech from her lips. Sora’s cry was cut off by a smart slap to the face.

It stunned her to silence.

She looked up at the person holding her—a very tall person by her standards, around six feet. Her gaze was trapped by green eyes so vibrant, so stunning, that for a moment she thought they glowed.

Then she blinked and brought the rest of the man’s features into focus. Black hair, darker than a raven’s wing, swept across his brow in a short cut, exposing two neat ears. His skin was lightly tanned by the sun, but she could make very little out of his face. Most of his lower features were hidden behind a black veil. Once again, her eyes were trapped by his gaze, sharper than a knife, his expression terrifying.

Suddenly she felt her throat close. Dear Goddess…. Was this the man who had destroyed the skylight? With eyes like that, I wouldn’t put it past him!

Before her imagination could run away with her, he whipped out a knife and pressed it against her throat. “Make a noise and it’ll be your last,” he hissed. His voice was quiet and smooth, like a snake.

With a shudder, Sora thought it must be the voice of Death. She licked her dry lips, shaking with terror, her fingers curling up like dried leaves.

Somehow, she found the will to speak. “Who are you?” she asked.

“No questions.” The knife bit deeper.

“Please….” she shuddered, and the words slipped out like water. “Don’t kill me. I-I won’t tell anyone-!”

“Tongues talk. I should take yours.”

“N-no!” Sora’s thoughts spun helplessly, trying to think of a way to stall him, to save her life. “If you don’t trust me, then… t-take me with you!”

Her own words shocked her. Her lips stayed parted, as though expecting more, her breath wheezing out in a hollow gasp. He gazed at her with those calculating, serpentine eyes, traveling over her hair, her face, across her shoulders. Then his gaze lingered at her throat, close to where the knife pressed against her skin. Slowly he frowned, staring at the base of her neck. No reply.

At that moment, a commotion broke out down the hall. Shouting voices and feet. The distant flicker of light. His eyes flicked up, focusing behind her.

Then he grabbed her hand, turned and ran.

About Sora’s Quest

Sora'sQuestCoverTitle: Sora’s Quest

Author: Theresa Sheffler

Genre: Fantasy

Sora Fallcrest was born into Nobility. She had it all: money, maids, a fancy estate. But she never expected to be kidnapped.

Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go — not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

Author Bio

T. L. Shreffler lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves diversity, fantasy, romance, iced tea, long walks, philosophy, and thrift store shopping. She recently graduated with a BA in Badass (Creative Writing) and her poetry has been published consecutively in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and The Northridge Review.



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