Hello Readers! I’m happy to share a excerpt from The Coronation by Justin Newland as part of blog tour, organized by Love Books Group. Check out the excerpt and book details in this post.
The Coronation by Justin Newland
Publication Date: December 1st 2019
Genre: Historical fantasy
It is 1761. Prussia is at war with Russia and Austria. As the Russian army occupies East Prussia, King Frederick the Great and his men fight hard to win back their homeland.
In Ludwigshain, a Junker estate in East Prussia, Countess Marion von Adler celebrates an exceptional harvest. But this is soon requisitioned by Russian troops. When Marion tries to stop them, a Russian Captain strikes her. His Lieutenant, Ian Fermor, defends Marion’s honour, but is stabbed for his insubordination. Abandoned by the Russians, Fermor becomes a divisive figure on the estate.
Close to death, Fermor dreams of the Adler, a numinous eagle entity, whose territory extends across the lands of Northern Europe and which is mysteriously connected to the Enlightenment. What happens next will change the course of human history…
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This extract is from Chapter 51. It’s from the point of view of Marion, Countess von Adler. With Christoph, her assistant, and Kadow, the coachman, they are searching for Marion’s daughter, Sisi, and for Manfred, a skinner, who they think knows where she is hiding.
Christoph wore a look of utter bewilderment. His hunchback seemed more accentuated than ever. He asked, “What is this place?”
She read the sign on the lintel above the white door:
“The Chambers for the Furious.
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here.”
“I’d no idea they were like this,” Christoph said.
“They’re possessed by evil spirits,” Kadow murmured. “I don’t know if I can face these demons.”
“Listen, you must; if Sisi is in there, we must get her out. If not, then Manfred must tell us what he knows.” She was not going to turn back.
Neither Christoph nor Kadow made a move.
“Then I’ll go in there,” she snapped.
The white door creaked as she opened it. She ducked under the lintel. As she stepped into the Löbenicht Lunatic Asylum, she was struck by a blinding light. She pulled the muslin scarf further down over her eyes. No difference! All she could see were black spots, pulsing in and out, like she had accidentally looked directly into the sun and been blinded by its piercing incandescence.
“Help me,” she mumbled. “I can’t see.” She felt vulnerable and just when Sisi needed her most.
“Your Excellency, let’s go back to the main hospital,” Christoph suggested.
“No, we carry on,” she insisted. “We find Sisi. We must. Christoph, take my hand, yes, that’s it. Tell me everything you see.”
“Yes, Your Excellency,” he said. “We’re standing in the middle of a long, curved corridor, which gives way to about twenty cells on each side. Thank the Lord, the cell doors are locked.”
“Can we see inside the cells?” she asked.
“We can, they have viewing slits,” Christoph told her.
“Good,” she said. “Check every one.”
She heard a slit pulled across. She assumed Christoph was looking inside a cell.
“Was she in there?” she asked.
“No, she wasn’t in that one.” His voice was tremulous.
What a relief. Or was it? “Are there no staff?” she asked.
“I’ll see if I can find one,” Kadow said.
“And look for Manfred at the same time,” she called after him.
“I will do that, Your Excellency,” Kadow replied and she heard the sound of his footsteps recede into the distance.
This temporary blindness was hugely frustrating. “Christoph, you are my eyes, speak to me.”
“The corridor is dark, gloomy. My, this is a godforsaken place.” His voice was shot with trepidation.
“Manfred may not be here, but we are,” she said. “I am going to find my daughter.”
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Justin Newland writes history with a supernatural bent. His novels are The Genes of Isis, an epic fantasy set under Ancient Egyptian skies, and The Old Dragon’s Head, a historical fantasy played out in the shadows of the Great Wall of China. He lives with his partner in Somerset, England.
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