The winning comment for "Fun With Thornspell" competition was:
"Well I would like to see a short story about Rue ... --Andrew"
The Rue short story is now written and published on my blog, with a personal dedication to Andrew:
"She had seen the sea once, when she was very small, the waters stretching farther than she could have imagined before that moment. And there had been a ship, its masts tall as a forest tree, with white sails breaking the sky—until finally it vanished into that darker line where sky and ocean met. The people who lived by the sea had told her that sometimes the ships were lost: run aground or overwhelmed by storms, the white sails and the tall masts and the human crew all sinking below the waves, drifting deeper than the seaweed until they reached the ocean floor.
To read the rest of the story, click here.
|WINNER: Sir Julius Vogel Award 2009 for "Best Novel: Young Adult"|
|A Storylines "Notable" Book 2009|
|A FlamingNet Top Choice Book|
has grown up hearing fantastical stories about enchantments and faie spells, basilisks and dragons, knights errant and heroic quests. He'd love for them to be true — he's been sheltered in a country castle for most of his life and longs for adventure — but they are just stories. Or are they?
From the day that a mysterious lady in a fine carriage speaks to him through the castle gates, Sigismund's world starts to shift. He begins to dream of a girl wrapped, trapped, in thorns. He dreams of a palace, utterly still, waiting. He dreams of a man in red armor, riding a red horse — and then suddenly that man arrives at the castle!
Sigismund is about to learn that sometimes dreams are true. That the world is both more magical and more dangerous than he imagined. And that the heroic quest he imagined for himself as a boy . . . begins now.