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Chasing The Valley 2: Borderlands

Chasing The Valley 2: Borderlands

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Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley – and trying to evade Sharr Morrigan, the king's most lethal hunter. But the borderlands they must cross to reach the Valley are smugglers' territory: lawless, wild and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika turns to the smugglers for help – and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly.
Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley – and trying to evade Sharr Morrigan, the king's most lethal hunter. But the borderlands they must cross to reach the Valley are smugglers' territory: lawless, wild and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika turns to the smugglers for help – and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly.

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Copyright © Skye Melki-Wegner 2014. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproducted, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher.
 
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.I’ve volunteered for guard duty, which means a cold stint on the edge of our camp. My crewmates huddle in sleeping sacks, curled up for warmth at the back of a cave. ‘Cave’ might be a bit generous. It’s more of a dimple in the cliff face, high up in a narrow canyon called the Knife. We’ve been sneaking along a puckered stone ledge, just ten metres beneath the Knife’s upper lip. The canyon floor lies far below, veiled by a sickening drop into darkness. The Knife is our route to the fabled Magnetic Valley – and, ultimately, our only hope of escape from Taladia.In Taladia, the king drops alchemy bombs on our cities, subduing rebellion with magic and flame.
Copyright © Skye Melki-Wegner 2014. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproducted, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher.
 
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In Taladia, youths are conscripted to die in foreign  wars, expanding the king’s empire. And in Taladia, I have starved on the streets, dodged the guards and  watched my family burn.The Knife is more than just a canyon. It’s our route to freedom.But the king’s hunters are on our trail. And by blowing their airbase to smithereens, we’ve also blown ourselves to the top of their kill list.I hug my knees, huff out a cloud of breath, and keep my eyes fixed on the dark. The wind is restless tonight, with a whiff of impending rain. When you grow up on the streets, you learn to tell when it’s time to seek shelter. This isn’t quite the smell I knew back in Rourton – that familiar stink of rubbish in the damp – but I still recognise the threat. A storm is coming.If we’re lucky, it might slow any hunters in pursuit – or make them think twice before they charge after us. But if a hunter like Sharr Morrigan is nearby,  we’re in serious trouble. The Knife is a treacherous route at the best of times; I’ve already survived a few near-slips on its ledges. If we have to run for our lives tonight, in the dark, in the rain . . .I swallow, trying to quash the idea. No reason to panic. The hunters might not even be in the Knife; perhaps we’ve given them the slip. Perhaps we can ride out this storm in our cave, shielded by stone
Copyright © Skye Melki-Wegner 2014. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproducted, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher.

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