I’m Amanda, YA writer. In my non writing time I’m a designer who lives in the Pacific Northwest and loves coffee, knitting and cats.
I will read anything you put in front of me. I love YA, especially fantasy but I also enjoy literary fiction, biographies and other non fiction.
I’m not a fan of graphic sex or gratuitous abuse/violence.
When Siggi was ten her village was destroyed by raiders. She escaped, sailing north to an island where a legendary Chimera was trapped, agreeing to serve them in exchange for her safety. Now seventeen, Siggi’s time in the island is almost over. Though she should be thinking of freeing the Chimera and breaking a curse that has left hundreds of girls without flesh or muscle, still serving the monster, all she thinks of is revenge.
When Agata, the daughter of the high-king of Hapsala comes to the island, she tells Siggi of more raids, and more death. Siggi leaves the Chimera’s island bearing a shield and a curse, going to hunt the Yarl who sent the raiders. But, Hapsalan Yarl sent these monsters, and Siggi’s quest soon takes her to the center of Hapsala, and the worlds of ancient gods and monsters. From there she must chose – free the Chimera and save her own life, or stop the raiders and save all of Hapsala.
And Siggi isn’t the only one out for revenge.
On the northernmost island in the world stood a palace made of ice. Within the Palace reigned a Chimera, with three fierce heads and a venomous tail. Every generation they summoned a girl to serve them. To live in peace, to train, to hide from whatever chased them. In return the girls were bound to free them from their palace turned prison. And if they failed they would lose flesh and muscle, becoming monsters made of bone and sinew.
The girls always failed.
After six years of servitude, the roar of a monster echoing down the halls no longer frightens me. That fear was eaten long ago, and instead a sense of determination rises in my blood. Because that roar means one thing.
The Chimera calls me to fight. Its roar, the sound of three voices in unison, shakes the walls of the ice palace, from the hall it roams to the throne room, its uncanny ice-blue lights shaking, refracting off walls carved of ice, off the high-ceilings, so unlike anything else that it’s almost not a part of Hapsala at all.
They sing a song of vengeance in my ear. It is the same, every time we spar, an endless litany of Train and grow strong, the singing in my veins.
Train and learn and fight the one who trapped us.
I have no intention of fighting the monster who trapped the Chimera. They don’t know that, they don’t know that when I decide to leave I will hunt bigger quarry.
When the monster roars to life, I answer.
Their claws scrape against the surface of the ice, scorpion tail clanking against the walls, all announcing them. I don’t bother looking busy. I’m the only other living creature on this island and the Chimera always comes for me.
We are both prisoners here.
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