Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling–the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone–is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he’s secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.
Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn’t brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita’s unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.
Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He’s come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village–a storyteller who’ll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she’ll risk her life to take it.
A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand’s Māori people.
Suitable for teens 12+ and young adults (YA) who enjoy romantic fantasy books with elements of mystery, escape, and suspense. This historical high fantasy is rich in myths and legends, a coming-of-age story set on a fictional remote Pacific island, exploring issues of adoption and identity.
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From the Back Cover
Matiko snapped into my line of vision.
He stood outside in the darkness, staring at me, his brows lowered in fury. He worked his way toward me, entering through one of the gaps in the stone wall, his eyes alight with the flames of the assembly fire.
My voice dried to ashes in my throat. The solid strength of the songstone still seeped into my palm. I leaned into it, weak with sudden fear.
I was dead.
He was going to kill me now.
As Matiko swarmed closer, I heard him muttering under his breath, words of an evil spell that slapped against me. Unseen hands clawed at my neck, cutting off my breath, dragging me forward until I stood before him…
LENA GOLDFINCH is the Kindle Bestselling author of teen fantasy — stories with heart and a healthy dose of “sigh-worthy” romance. She lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. In her creative heart, she travels far and wide to all sorts of exciting places, past and present, which is a perk of making things up for a living.
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