Welcome to my tour stop for The Dawning of Firebird Alex by Orren Merton. The tour will consist of reviews, interviews, guest posts and spotlights and runs April 27- May 8th. Check out the tour page for more information.
The Dawning of Firebird Alex by Orren Merton
Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Gold is a Seduman: her humanity and compassion come from her deceased human mother, and her powers over spirit fire and super-human strength from her demon-like Sedu father. Collecting the first three novels inThe Sedumen Chronicles, this volume includes:
Firebird Alex: When Alex unearths her father’s Sedublade, it sets in motion a journey that challenges everything she thought she was. Rescuing her friends from another Seduman gives her a taste of the heroine she might become.
Lady Firebird: Her old nemesis, down but not out, executes a horrific plan to conquer both Earth and Sediin. It’s up to Alex to assume the mantle of Lady Firebird and hunt her adversary across universes.
Firebird Vengeance: Just when Alex thought she’d won, she discovers her victory has unleashed a horrible vengeance that threatens to destroy human and Sedu alike. In order to save everyone, she must convince skeptics in both universes that she truly is the heroine that she claims to be.
Also in this collection Firebird Manor: In this bonus novelette, Alex and her friends unwittingly awaken a murderous eldritch horror in a beachside manor. They must defeat the monster before it kills again.
Excerpt #4 “The Dawning of Firebird Alex” (Lady Firebird chapter 34)
All seven of us held hands, ready to follow the rumam's trail. Garz's eyes started glowing bright red and we lifted off the grounds, swirling into The Nothingness. As ever, I had no sense of direction or orientation, only movement. We began to feel ourselves slowing, and I saw spinning below my feet what looked like rocks and bricks. I was surprised to see floating debris in The Nothingness. Was this a House that had just been ruined?
We stopped moving, and immediately I was hit in the head by a rock.
One rock hit Vetis in the head and he let go of both Garz and my hands. I shrieked, but I couldn't grab Vetis. There was no weight here, nothing to push or pull against. He was simply floating off from the impact of the rock, rubbing his head, and there was nothing anyone could do about it.
"Damn you!" Garz screamed, pounding his chest wildly. "Damn you son of Raum!"
"What is it Garz? What's happening?" I asked, his frustration and anger sending a shiver down my entire body.
"He set this trap for us," Garz seethed. "He knew we'd follow. He had the rumam dumped here, and then he set this debris in motion—"
He grunted as a large rock pelted his stomach.
"—to disconnect and disorient us. He knows that we can't follow him from here."
"Can we get somewhere from here? Argh!" I howled as a brick pounded into my back.
Garz scowled. "Vetis," he shouted. "Return to the House of Keroz!"
"No!" he retorted. "I will not leave Alex behind! There must be a way..." he said, almost pleading.
"There might be," Garz said. "Vetis, if you and I can grab some of this debris, we can return and take it with us. It should be enough to get Father to this spot. He should be able to grab Alex and Zaebos and return with them. No Sedu spirit is as vast as his, or has the power, the focus, that he does."
Vetis nodded. "Grab as many bricks and rocks as you can, then return. I will stay here with Alex."
My brother closed his eyes, his expression deeply pained. "Vetis...my friend...my brother...we need all the debris we can gather. You and I both must return, if this is to work."
Vetis looked at me with desperation, his huge red eyes about to burst. "I..."
"Go, Vetis," I said, trying not to sound terrified. "If you want to save me, I need both of you to go. I know you'll come back for—dammit!" I exclaimed, a sizable rock pelting me in the head.
Vetis shook with frustration. He shrieked in a high-pitched, shrill, and dissonant tone, filled with more fury than I imagined his tiny, lipless mouth was capable of. He nodded to Garz.
Eventually, Vetis and Garz filled their arms with hand-sized bricks and rocks.
"Alex, however long it takes, we will return for you," Garz said, his voice nearly breaking. While a little part of me was touched that this Sedu who rarely showed emotion was so upset about leaving me, most of me was scared shitless.
I nodded rapidly, trying to swallow back my fear.
"Alex..." Vetis said, his eyes welling up.
"Go, Vetis," I said. "I need you to go. Please."
He closed his eyes, emotion breaking on his face.
After a moment of concentration both of them spun off into the distance.
And then Zaebos and I were alone.
Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age. In high school, he picked up guitar and start playing up and down California in a few bands, culminating in his industrial rock band Ember After. During that time, magazines, developers, and corporations began to pay him to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and books. Since then he has written the urban fantasy novel The Deviant and the science fiction novel Skye Entity before working on his current series of YA novels. He lives in Southern California with his family, pets, collection of sci-fi/fantasy memorabilia, and curiously large stuffed animal collection.
Orren will be giving away ecopies of his book to 5 winners of the below Rafflecopter.
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions