December 24th, 2011

Storm Born

Holiday offering, part 1

I announced recently on Facebook and Twitter that, as a Christmas present, I'd post some out-of-context lines from The Golden Lily. Someone pointed out that I should also do some Shadow Heir lines in honor of Hanukkah. I thought that was a good idea but then realized I should declare all of these as "holiday gifts" before I had to find lines for the Solstice, Kwanzaa, Epiphany, and other holidays. (Because I don't have that many new books coming out!). If you've read Richelle Mead books, you probably know by now I have a pretty healthy respect for all beliefs, so here's my first nod toward celebrating the holiday season.

Rather than some scattered lines for Shadow Heir, I'm actually going to give you a short passage:

Dorian was engaged in a typically Dorian activity: hunting. Well, kind of. The forest clearing was littered with thin, wooden cut-outs of various animals. They were life-size and painted in bright, gaudy colors. As I approached, I saw Dorian's long-suffering servant, Muran, nervously holding up a cut-out of a pink stag. On the opposite side of the clearing, Dorian focused on them with razor-sharp intensity and drew back a giant longbow. There was a twang as he released, and the arrow shot forward, implanting right near the edge of the target's upper body, only a couple of inches from Muran's hand.

"Isn't that kind of dangerous?" I asked.

"Hardly," said Dorian, notching another arrow. "Those animals aren't real, Eugenie."

"Yeah, I know," I said. "The purple polka dots were kind of a giveaway. I was talking about Muran."

Dorian shrugged. "He's still alive, isn't he?" He drew back again, and this time the arrow hit the side of the stag's head, not far from Muran's own. The poor man yelped at the close call, and Dorian gave me an expectant look. "See?"

Oh, Dorian. You are such good times. Shadow Heir is officially out in the U.S. on December 27, but it may sneak out early onto shelves. It's got an early January release for the UK and Australia, and translations in other countries will vary. Hope you enjoy it when you read it!

Golden Lily lines (no passage) will come tomorrow, but I don't know when. Stay tuned!