Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blindsighted Wanderer by E.C. Hibbs
By- E.C. Hibbs
Genre- Young Adult Fantasy, Coming of Age
The Wall has long kept Elitland Valley safe from the demons on the other side. For centuries the villagers have avoided speaking of the Wall or the creatures it protects them from.
Upon their return from the annual Country Fayre, the older Atego brothers learn of their father’s passing. When fifteen year old Silas Atego learns the mysterious illness that took his father might have been a curse from a demon, his need for answers draws him to the one place he must not go. The far side of the Wall.
When Silas is still missing days later, his older brother Raphael sets out on his own to bring him home. On his journey, Raphael learns how it was his ancestor who was cursed by a demon creature from the Lake and had the Wall built to keep them out. More desperate than ever to find his brother, his search draws Raphael to the same terrifying barrier.
Along the brothers’ individual travels they face their greatest fears, make lifelong friends, and more importantly, learn the truth of what happened centuries ago.
Blindsighted Wanderer is a tale about how truth and forgiveness will set you free. Where myths are transformed to legends that last a lifetime. The brothers leave their home as desperate boys but return to their family as honorable men.
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“Stop this at once!” Silas bellowed, jumping off the horse’s back. The stallion whinnied and ran around to the back of the house to get away from the fire. Silas leapt in front of his mother and siblings, and looked Father Fortésa in the eye.
“What in God’s name is going on here?” he demanded, feeling the heat on his back. He was the shortest of everyone there, but the venom in his eyes more than made up for it.
Nobody replied. They all seemed too amazed to see him, and his name was being whispered back and forth like a multitude of snake-hisses.
Silas, meanwhile, didn’t move a muscle. “Speak up!”
“You!” Farther Fortésa stammered, raising a gnarled finger at him. “What are you doing here?”
“This is my home, and I have returned!” Silas spat. “It is not as I left it, by any means! Now, by God, somebody answer me!”
“You should never have come back, boy!” snarled one of the Elders. “Your cursed family, do you think us blind to what is truly happening? Every man dead from the water-illness; it only comes for yours, for generations and generations, and then the two eldest sons disappear without trace. It is evil work! Witchcraft, I say!”
There was a unanimous “hear, hear!” from the mob.
Spurred on by their support, the Elder nodded smugly, and continued. “We have had enough, you hear? Enough of it! Your family has no place here!”
“So what will you do?” Silas shouted. “Where else can we go? The Elitland is all that any family have, or have ever had! No matter if they be cursed by Evertodomus or not!”
Many of the women gasped fearfully as he spoke the name of the forbidden west.
“You are in league with them!” Father Fortésa shrieked.
Silas felt his face reddening with anger. “Nonsense!” And how dare you accuse my family so! My mother is no witch, she is but a poor widow! How can such words come from the mouth of a man of God, Father?”
The gasps turned to ones of outrage.
“How dare you speak to our priest that way!” cried another of the Elders, stepping forward.
“Who do you think you are?” demanded the first Elder. He spat on the ground at Silas’s feet.“Demon-child! We know where you have been! How can you deny the truth, when you visit them in the night? You and your damned brother, sneaking off like serpents, and slithering with those creatures of darkness!”
About the Author-
E. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, northwest England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first 'book' when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.
Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums.
There are many things she could be without, but writing isn't one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.
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