As we near the end of our monumental blog tour, Renee Scattergood does us the kindness of stopping by to discuss her work.
About the Shadow Stalker Series:
Shadow Stalker is a series of short novellas (episodes) that tell the story of Auren, a young shadow stalker who is being hunted by the Galvadi Empire because of their belief that she will enslave the people of the Serpent Isles.
Episode 1: The Hidden Truth
Auren Trask’s perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
Episode 2: The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Episode 3: Shadows’ Betrayal
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Episode 4: Forbidden Love
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Episode 5: Destiny Reconciled Part 1
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Shadow Stalker: Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5) Excerpt:
The sudden change in his demeanor made me giggle. It felt good to laugh again. I wasn’t sure I could.
Kado grinned. “I haven’t seen any venomous plants, but keep your eyes open.”
“Okay.” Back to business as usual. I didn’t see any of the plants either, thankfully. And there was plenty of wood around after the storm that hit a couple weeks before.
When I returned, Kado was gone. Maybe he had gone to get some wood as well, but normally he would say so. I was about to call for him when he came out of the mist nearly on top of me.
“Sorry,” he said. “Just after you left, Cathnor called for me.”
“Is everything okay?” I knew the answer to that question by the look on his face, but I hoped he would give me details.
“Not really, no. The council has begun sending emissaries to the other villages. I’m not sure what they’re up to, yet, but I think it would be best if we avoid visiting any of the villages for the time being.”
Kado didn’t have to say it. It was easy to guess. Things were getting out of control.
“There’s more. The Coalition has been defeated. The Galvadi Empire controls the Serpent Isles now.”
My legs felt like they dissolved beneath me, and I found myself on my knees. My foster father had knelt beside me, reminding me to breath. My friends, Deakan and Jade, had they been captured? Their tortured and bruised bodies filled my vision, but I forced the image away. I had to believe they had somehow gotten away and were in hiding. Deakan would never allow anyone to hurt her.
“The Council of Elders must have more support here than we thought,” I said.
“No,” he said, resting his hand on my back. “Something else is going on. They are using their authority to manipulate the shadow stalkers, and it has been ingrained in us to follow the council if the Foramar was not available. No one ever considered what to do if the council had been compromised.”
“Compromised by who?” I sat back.
“I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.”
I took a deep breath, bracing myself for the reaction I would receive for what I was about to say, but I had to say it. “Kado, I don’t think I can stay here anymore.”
He ran his hand over his face. “You may be right.”
About Demon Hunt:
Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.
One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.
With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.
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