Only 3 weeks (WHAT? GAH! HOW IS SEPTEMBER ALMOST GONE?!) until the launch of “The Story’s End (Book Seven of The Wilderhark Tales)”. To mark* the occasion (*you’ll see in half-a-sec what I did, there), have a look at this gorgeous piece of work from my treasured Wilderhark Artist, Yana Naumova!
That’s right, it’s one of three new bookmark designs made just for “Story’s End” – which you can bet will feature in a giveaway during the online Launch Party, coming soon to Facebook. If that young man by the fire looks familiar to frequenters of this blog, there’s a solid reason for that. ;D And of course we all know Gant-o’-the-Lute – up in a tree again, just like in his personal bookmark for Book Four.
What’s he thinking about, up there? The same wish he’s held in his heart from the start of things, as glimpsed in “The Song Caster” and laid bare in “The Sky-Child and Other Stories”. Attune your ear and listen. Hear the music? It’s not “Part of Your World” – a fair guess, given the identical melody and lyric structure, but no. This is not the song of a Disney mermaid longing for land, but that of a Wilderhark minstrel who craves higher still…
Look at this trick. Isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think that my talent’s complete?
You’d think of me, wouldn’t you, that I can do anything?
Look at me now. Don’t I astound?
Watch me be a wonder while you wonder how.
One hour around me, and now you’re sure I can do anything.
I can top all your top virtuosos –
Any instrument, and any score;
Best you at your best game with my eyes closed.
But so what? Not enough. I want more.
I want to leave where the people are.
I want to see where no man’s yet ventured.
Land’s been done into the ground.
Try the sea, you say? …Ha. Cute.
But even a ship only sails so far.
Higher’s required for my adventure!
Impossible? Ah, you’re forgetting:
You’re free to walk. You’re free to run.
I mean to make my way to the sun,
And hang gravity! I long to be
Part of the sky.
What would I give if I could live up where the winds race?
What would I pay to spend a day there ere I die?
What won’t I try? Won’t be denied. Though I spend all my life in the chase,
I’m not quitting. Sick of sitting. Ready to fly!
I’m ready to know where the sunset goes!
Follow it westward, and rise come morning!
Dance over stars that your eyes only spy from below!
When can I go? Wouldn’t I love,
Love to explore and soar up above?
The sky’s part of me. And someday I’ll be
Part of the sky.
For Gant-o’-the-Lute, “ever after” has been less than happy. With the last of Carillon’s charm over him gone, the minstrel-king puts royalty behind him in pursuit of the music he once knew and the lifelong dream he let slip through his fingers. But dark whispers on the wind warn that time is running out – not only for Lute and the apprentice in his shadow, but the whole of earth and Sky.
“The Story’s End (Book Seven of The Wilderhark Tales”, coming October 13, 2015; now available to add to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf.