Today I give you a sneak peek of Ultio (Walking Shadows, book 4)!! This dark, dystopian tale moves at a quick pace and Ares won’t slow down for anyone. Be sure to pre-order your copy for Kindle and add it to your Goodreads! We still have a little bit longer to wait before Ultio is out in the world, but until then keep scrolling for an exclusive excerpt, some teasers, the Spotify playlist, and the Pinterest board for Ultio! Just as before, I share different teasers across my various social media pages so be sure to follow me so you don’t miss out!
Now, without further ado…
Thaniel blinked then shook himself back to life leaping to his feet and jumping through the stairwell doors just as her shadow disappeared. His breath chafed his lungs as he tried to keep up but she was like a wraith melting into shadow and traveling by wind. He mustn’t lose her.
At last he climbed a set of rusted stairs to the roof of a building where he found her standing on the ledge.
“What are you doing?” he shouted panicked.
“Do you know what day it is?” she asked calmly.
Thaniel shrugged. “July fourth. Why?”
“Do you know what day it was?”
His brow furrowed. “I don’t understand…”
“July fourth used to be a holiday here. One of the most important holidays.”
“There are only four holidays,” Thaniel replied. Everyone knew the four holidays of the Church of Unity, each meant to celebrate a season of both the earth and of the human life. Spring Holiday celebrated children and youth, Summer Holiday acknowledged the transformation from child to adult, Autumn Holiday marked the time of old age, and Winter Holiday celebrated the dead and unborn.
The woman shook her head. “No. Now there are only four holidays. But back before new borders were drawn and this was part of one nation, combined with what is now the Rochester Alliance and Southern Coalition, July fourth was the day this nation won its independence from foreign rulers. They cast out the king and chose to govern themselves. They fought for freedom, individuality, safety, and choice.
“I’ve never heard of it.”
“Of course. It’s not important anymore,” she answered sadly. “To some,” she amended.
“It’s important to you,” Thaniel observed, although he couldn’t imagine why it would be.
A sudden grin lit up her face, or at least her eyes wrinkled in what looked like was part of a grin. “Do you know what they used to do to celebrate holidays?”
“Eat food?” he guessed. They received special rations and dedicated meals for the four Holidays.
“They blew stuff up and made beautiful images in the night skies,” she answered. “I think it’s a tradition too long forgotten. I’m going to bring it back.”
“Wait, you’re not really going to –“
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