Happy Sunday, I’m sharing an excerpt for Takakush by Raine Reiter today as part of the Love Books Tour blog tour.
About the book
With drowsy eyes, he surveyed the tree line. His nostrils flared, sampling the air. There. Hiding beneath the aroma of evergreens, a sickly-sweet stench. A predator.
The old warrior’s heart sped as he readied for a fight. At sixteen hands, he was massive and courageous. Last spring, he ran off a pack of coyotes come to snatch a newborn kid.
Galahad snorted and shook his mane. The frigid air transformed his breath into plumes of steam. He pawed the earth, kicking up divots of soil.
The wind ceased. The chimes quieted.
It struck Galahad, mounting him from behind and wrapping its limbs around Galahad’s belly. The horse arched his back as incisors sank into his neck.
Claws raked his abdomen and up his flanks, scoring slashes through the blanket into his hide. The metallic tang of his blood joined the beast’s stench.
Galahad’s hind legs kicked into his attacker’s midsection, but it only embedded its fangs deeper. Blood spurted from the wound.
The embrace tightened. He bucked, rearing and struggling for footing. The attacker threw Galahad to the ground and remounted.
The stallion screamed.
Teeth ripped flesh from Galahad’s throat, severing his jugular. His sight darkened, and his blood melted the frosted grass. Passing through and away, the horse saw the blackness clinging to his murderer.
The malignant thread released, and Regana’s vision ended. In the mundane world, her eyelids flew open, her heart hammering in her chest.
“Blood-red magic rings the waxing moon.” Her voice croaked with the remains of sleep. “Medžioklė begins.”
(Article from page 3 of The South Sound Gazette)
ANIMAL ATTACK KILLS LIVESTOCK NEAR STATE CAPITOL
6:02 A.M., March 5, 2020
McCleary, Wash. (AP)-Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials reported a twelve-year-old horse was killed by an unknown predator.
Sgt. Odin (Boone) Anderson confirmed the injuries were consistent with a bear or cougar attack. Until they capture the animal, he recommends residents exercise care with children, family pets, and livestock.
The officer said animal attacks near Olympia, the state capitol, are rare.
Takakush is available to purchase now – Amazon