for Quentaris –
With Series One of the Quentaris Chronicles
coming to an end, I wanted to write a book where Nisha and
Tal are faced with a challenge that threatens all Quentaris - but
one where the response needs to come from the entire city!
Who owns the mysterious statues found under the Old Tree
Guesthouse? The claims of two mortal enemies turn from argument
to battle and soon all of Quentaris is drawn into their age-old
struggle. Nisha Fairsight must use her wits, wisdom and her
fire magic to prevent the madness from spreading, to stop
friend fighting friend and neighbour battling neighbour.
Is this the end for the magical city of Quentaris?
Nisha Fairsight caught the sharp, vinegary smell of the Zolka
long before she made out its bulk at the foot of the stairs. She
stopped dead, peeing at the shadows, trying to see how many of
the giant insect-like creatures were in the cellar of the Old Tree
‘Come on, Nisha,’ Tal urged from behind her. ‘We have
to find Stanas. Why aren’t you moving?’
‘Ssh.’ Nisha held up the oil lamp. A dry scuttling noise
came from below.
‘What was that?’ Tal asked.
Tal hissed. ‘Should I fetch Arna?’
She shook her head. ‘Arna’s gone to the market after flour. I
don't think - ’
Before she could finish her reply, the stairs were wrenched from
beneath her feet.
Tal lurched towards her and they fell together.