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March 17 , 2008

Perilous Chance


If only Mama were well. If only Papa were . . . not like this.

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Gefnen – troll-herald and hound for Koschey the Deathless – hunts life across the moors of the far north. Not deer, not pheasant, not meat for the table. His master eats choicer fruits When the piercing scent of youth tingles his senses, Gefnen focuses his chase. The prey – a boy – lacks guardians strong enough to best a troll. Swift triumph…


Clary needs a miracle, but wonders rarely step forth to solve life's problems. While her mama lies wearily abed and her papa spends the day . . . elsewhere, Clary struggles to look after her younger sister and their baby brother. And longs for more than making do. If only.


Then, one spring morning, Clary and Elspeth visit the old bramble-grown quarry to pick wild cabbage leaves. Hidden within the rock's cleft, Clary's miracle awaits. But this miracle sports razor-sharp talons, world-shaking power, ravenous hunger, and a troll-witch to guard its sleep. When it cracks the egg, will Clary survive?


Something wondrous this way comes!





“It’s a tale of mistakes and redemption, and the power to do the right thing now, even if you can’t change the past... [The sense of mystery] creates a wonderful release of tension...and a very satisfying ending...expertly written, and subtle enough that I found myself pleasantly surprised at the resolution of the plot. [Ney-Grimm] has an ethereal sort of quality to her writing which is extremely’s almost mystical...absolutely unique, and absolutely engaging.” – James J. Parsons, Speaking to the Eyes





She was eleven, and she was hurt.


Her leg lay under her, knee throbbing. Her arm ached, the broken bone within sickening in its pain.


But worst of all, worst of all, a vast shadow loomed above her, dark wings spanning distances too great for the grotto enclosing them, razor-sharp talons sparking with the spitting blue fire of a strange power.


"No, please, no," she whispered.


How had it come to this? Her day had started so ordinarily, getting breakfast for herself and her sister, because Mama could not. She cast her thoughts desperately back to the morning.


I'm there. Not here. I'm there.





J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands.

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