About the Book
Title: Blood Rain
Author: Nancy Gray
Genre: YA Fantasy
The night the blood rains from the sky, Mind of Mercy’s world changes. The savage Blood Wings, bestial creatures that feed on the blood of Mercy’s people, attack her treetop village in frenzy.
Mercy’s father, the chieftain, tasks her to leave during the fight and find the source of the storm. The journey takes Mercy across the continent of Lacern where she must make allies, even from some of the enemies of her people, to survive. The search forces her to get help from the least likely of sources, one of the very Blood Wings that attacked her.
During her journey, Mercy and her companions discover lies that are widely accepted as truths, secrets hidden by the beast men, and a power buried deep inside of Mercy herself. Magic is resurfacing in the world and the blood rain is only the beginning. A hidden power is pulling the strings to cause a continent wide war that could result in the destruction of humans and beast men alike.
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In the Cemetery of the Condemned
(Mirilee, her friend Kylas, and Mercy, are trying to escape from the desert beast men, the Stealer Wings. Kylas was imprisoned for spying on them. When they escape the jail cells, they decide to risk cutting through a run-down cemetery that the Stealer Wings are afraid to enter. They realize something dangerous and evil is watching them from the stone cold eyes of one of the statues.)
The only figures around them were weathered, stone statues. One of them in particular made Mercy nervous. She couldn’t tell what the statue was supposed to depict, but she guessed it was death himself. The figure was shrouded in a robe and its face was covered by a cowl. Long, gnarled fingers with long sharp nails poked out of the sleeves of its robes ominously. Both of its claws gripped sharp looking sickles that were made of metal instead of stone.
Mercy tried to keep her voice from shaking, but she failed miserably as she asked, “Mirilee, what is that figure?”
“It’s the Fallen One. The God of the Stars cast him out, because he became corrupted by darkness. He harvests the souls of evil men like wheat with his sickles.”
Mercy glanced behind her and her mouth became entirely dry as she realized the sickles were no longer hanging idly at the statue’s side. They were lifted up and crossed above its torso. The statue was frozen that way, making her wonder if it was her imagination playing tricks on her, but she had a horrible feeling that it wasn’t. She stared at the statue, as though daring it to move, but it simply stood there in silence.
Mercy said in a terrified whisper, “That statue moved.”
Mirilee said, “It couldn’t have. It’s just a statue.”
Kylas frowned. There was clearly something on his mind that he didn’t want to share.
“You’re awful quiet, Kylas, and I’ve seen that look on your face before,” Mirilee whispered.
“It’s just when I went to trade at Concord, the Northerners told me a story. They said statues can be possessed by creatures called goyles, and then they move.”
Mirilee rolled her eyes. “They probably told you that story just to scare you.”
He shook his head. “They seemed pretty scared talking about it. They said goyles are normally invisible, and they feed on negative feelings. They torture people to death so that they get as many emotions from them as they can before they die.”
Mercy glanced back at the statue - only to see that it wasn’t there. She fought back the urge to scream and continued to walk forward at a faster pace, realizing that there were plenty of trees and tall tombstones around them for it to hide behind for an ambush. She tried not to call anyone’s attention to the fact it was gone.
Mirilee laughed. “You aren’t scary, Kylas.”
“Look, that’s just what I heard. I’m not saying they’re real. You’re probably right. They’re probably just a story to scare kids into behaving themselves. Mercy, where did that statue go?”
Mirilee turned and her face became pale.
Mercy asked, “If such a creature did exist, how would a person fight it?”
Nancy Gray lives in West Columbia, SC, with her husband, two daughters, and two crazy cats. She attended college at the University of South Carolina and attained a BA in Media Arts with a cognate in English. Her original career was as a graphic designer but writing is her calling. Her favorite genres to write are horror, fantasy (particularly young adult), steampunk, cyberpunk, urban fantasy, and occasionally light science fiction (space opera). Many of her short stories and novels also blur the lines of genre fiction. Nancy is an avid reader and also enjoys drawing, video games, and table top role playing games. She also enjoys anime and manga.
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