Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Beacon by Chess Desalls



Title: Beacon
Series: Lantern #2
Author: Chess Desalls
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Release Date: January 9th 2017



When Serah’s life in Havenbrim becomes unbearable, she accepts an apprenticeship with a celestial mechanic and glazier. Her master assigns her the task of opening a globe framed in copper. But the glass and seal are unbreakable. The solution to the puzzle traps Serah inside the globe, and transports her to a world where she longs for home.





Excerpt:


Serah peered outside, but there was only darkness and a faint twinkling of stars in the sky. Her focus shifted to a reflection in the glass, the soft, fiery outlines of what she thought was herself—or what she used to be.

I must be trapped inside…the globe.


“If there’s no one out here,” said the voice, “I guess I’ll head home.”


Serah pressed harder against the wall of glass behind her until the crunching of footsteps softened, signaling that the young man had moved a few steps away. She drooped, relieved, before she realized her mistake.


“Wait! Don’t leave me here!”


She banged her fists against the glass. The tinkling and chiming bounced around her, but the young man didn’t turn back.


“Wait,” she cried again. He must not hear me—he’s so big and I’m so…small?


Though tears didn’t flow, Serah’s mind raced with the suggestion of crying, and a phantom suffocation filled her chest. The light inside her cage faded and condensed, until there was a single spark of light.


No. Please come back.


Please.


Help me!


The spark erupted, frenzying the flickering pulse that had replaced Serah’s heartbeat. The yellow-orange glow brightened and faded at intervals, sending strobes of light through the glass.


Serah spun from surface to surface. Her hands slammed against the glass.


“Get me out of here!”


When no one came, she fell forward and folded in on herself. Her strength diminished and hopes waned until sleep overtook her once again.


The light went out.















Lantern
Book 1

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About the Author:

Chess Desalls is the author of award-winning young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has been included in academic and industry publications, with a focus on law and technology. She's also a contributing editor for WritersTalk, South Bay Writers' monthly newsletter. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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