Character Introduction for Will
Written by R.L. Stedman
Will was twelve years old when the plague began. Winter in North Wales is always a dreary, damp season, but that year seemed particularly harsh. The winds blew strong and cold and the people were reluctant to leave their homes. Will’s parents, the town bakers, still kept their shop open but now customers arrived singly, and said little while waiting for their bread.
As the plague spread, Will’s familiar world began to change. First, the school closed. Normally this might have been something to be celebrated. But not now, not with the town locked in fear, and no one going in or out. Then the fishing boats at the quayside didn’t sail, either. Eventually even the church shut its doors. But by then the plague had spread, growing like a big black cloud, until it seemed to smother all the light. And in the bakery Will and his parents lay ill, unable to move, unable even to think, as the world spun slowly about them.
Will didn’t remember much of the illness, just a vague recall of heat and burning and endless, heaving nausea. Like seasickness but far, far worse – the sort of seasickness you might feel if the ship on which you were sailing had suddenly caught alight. For days he tossed about, thrashing his head on his pillow, calling for Ma. For anyone. But no one came.
Finally Will woke and lay blinking at the ceiling. His throat felt thick and tight, as though he’d been screaming for the longest time. Outside the world sounded eerily quiet; no shop bells, no wagon wheels creaking. No horse’s hooves, or people calling to one another across the street. Only the distant wash of the waves and the creaking of the shop sign in the wind.
All his life, Will remembered the feeling of waking into silence, the bitter knowledge of his loneliness in a wide, wide world. Because after the plague, everything had changed.
I hadn’t meant to write something quite so gloomy. So here’s another lively little piece. There are heaps of side characters in A Necklace of Souls. - R.L. Stedman
©2015 R.L. Stedman. From A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman, published by Waverly Productions.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Book Blitz + Giveaway: A Necklace of Souls by RL Stedman
I love a great Fantasy novel more than anything, these days. That's why, I was super excited to get to be part of the Blitz tour for A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman. It's the first book in an exciting new fantasy and mythological driven series, that looks incredibly interesting. It's a daring young adult fantasy novel about love and loss, lives ruined and desparaging hopes, a place where magic is very real and bravery isn't always measured by the strength in character of a person.
This is another new-to-me author and novel, that I'm really excited to discover and I can't wait to read this. I'm even more excited and thrilled to be sharing with you today, a character description that R.L. Stedman so generously shared. And, if you stick around, there is a tour wide giveaway that's happening and all you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below and you'll be entered to win.
But first, a little more about
A Necklace of Souls...
Soul Necklace #1
by R.L. Stedman
Published: April 12, 2015
Publisher: Waverly Productions
Age Demographic: YA
"A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It’s a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream."
Dana wishes she wasn’t a princess. She’s always being told how to behave, what to wear. There’s a strangeness in the castle – why will no one talk about the Guardian, or the necklace that protects the land? And why does her father look at her with such sorrow?
Welcome to A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. In the Kingdom of the Rose, bravery is not always measured by strength and magic is real, if only one has the courage to dream.
About the Author
A physical therapist by training, Rachel Stedman lives in Otago with her husband and two children. She enjoys hiking, cycling and running. And reading, of course.
In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award and was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction. Her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was published by HarperCollins in 2013. A Necklace of Souls was made a Storylines Notable Book and awarded Best First Book at the New Zealand Post Book Awards, 2014.