The Speaker by Andi O’Connor – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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The Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel! Alone and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep her.

But her refuge doesn’t last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to Vaelinel.

Finally reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company. Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before standing against the evil threatening the land.

For the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he’ll stop at nothing to satisfy his hunger.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

Breathless, Irewen fell to her knees. An action which should have lasted mere seconds felt like an eternity. Tears of hopeless frustration welled in her eyes.

She had no idea how long she’d been walking among the dead. Here in the Spirit World, a simple movement seemed to drag on for an age. Time existed only in the land of the living. The dead had no need for such a triviality.

The pulsing light of her mother in the distance called to her, beckoning for her to follow. She ignored it. Where once seeing Juleniel filled her with joy, it now stirred nothing but bitterness.

She’d dutifully trailed behind her mother since the dead embraced her and carried her into their world. But her optimism faded with every step. She had no way to judge her progress. No landmarks. No references. No days.

Whenever she asked her parents how much further they had to go before she reached the safety of the Light Elves, they couldn’t answer. The dead didn’t need such limitations. They didn’t care how long something took to accomplish. Why would they? They had all the time in the world.

But for Irewen, all these things were essential. She needed a change in scenery, however slight. She needed to see the rising and setting of the sun. To stand beneath the stars. To feel the wind brush against her skin. To hear the soft patter of rain.

She desperately clung to the memories, yearning for some sign to tell her she was alive. But the vibrancy of the memories continued to dwindle. The longer she remained in the Spirit World, the more distant any reminders of life became. She had to pass the borders of Lündvelle before it was too late. Before all memories vanished completely and she became trapped in this world for the rest of her days, the only living being to walk among the dead.

Tears finally graced her cheeks, and she buried her face in her hands. Her sobs were silent, immediately lost in the nothingness surrounding her.

She’d had enough of this wretched place. She wanted to go home.

About the Author: Andi O’Connor is the award-winning author of The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. Her critically acclaimed novel, Silevethiel, is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013. The Speaker is the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner for Fantasy and a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Andi’s novel, Awakening, is a 2018 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Fantasy.

You can frequently find Andi as an exhibitor and guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Awesome Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. You can connect with Andi on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s website.

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Buy the book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, orKobo. You can also buy a signed copy on her website.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Sounds like a good read.

  3. Thank you for hosting! I hope everyone enjoys the excerpt 🙂

  4. James Robert says

    I appreciate getting to read about another book my family have not known about previously. Thanks so much for the book description and giveaway also.

  5. Rita Wray says

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  6. Bridgett Wilbur says

    I would love to read your book.

    • How wonderful! This is the 2nd in the series, and Silevethiel is the 1st. The 3rd, A Prophecy Fulfilled is scheduled for release in October. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out!

  7. Victoria says

    Happy Friday, thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  8. Bernie Wallace says

    Would you ever like to see a movie based off of your book? Congrats on the release.

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