While I was practicing my “pitching” I decided to quickly write a “Pitchapalooza!” entry for The Dead of Winter (along with the one I did for Atonement, Tennessee). The contest begins with a random drawing, but I figured – what the heck. I wasn’t any good at softball, but I hope I’m better at this kind of pitching. Here goes…
Pitch: The Dead of Winter
Emlyn is only twelve, but the fanatic Brethren think she’s a threat; an abomination. Why? Emlyn has a talent — she can see ghosts.
The Brethren took over her homeland, took away women’s rights, and forbade most learning. All beliefs but theirs are heresy. Emlyn’s family betrays her to the Brethren when she hears the supernatural warning, “Winter is coming!”
Now Emlyn and her teacher are on the run. They meet and join with travelers belonging to the Deae Matres – a society of intelligent women who seek out knowledge.
Emlyn visits new lands with customs that amaze her. But it isn’t fun and games. She has a dire task. The entire world is at risk. The Veil between the worlds of the living and dead has been torn apart by evil nightwalker, Arawn. He seeks revenge on the Deae Matres for imprisoning him beyond the Veil, in the Realm of the Dead.
As the Veil deteriorates, chaos ensues when the dead cross into the living world. Emlyn outruns the Brethren, but not Arawn. She has to confront the nightwalker and restore the Veil.
This richly detailed “high” fantasy will appeal to fans of Ursula Le Guin and Terry Brooks.