Book Blitz: Escapement by Ciara Knight

Posted November 21, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 0 Comments

You all know I’m a huge fan of dystopian and science fiction. Add in a kick-butt female and I’m sold! Ciara Knight‘sย Escapementย promises to be just that and more. Plus….it’s FREE!!! Check it out ๐Ÿ˜€

Book Blitz: Escapement by Ciara KnightEscapement by Ciara Knight
Series: The Neumarian Chronicles, #1
Published by Defy the Dark on 2013-02-05
Length: 370 pages
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Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queenโ€™s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my motherโ€™s empire. When my own erratic powers surface Iโ€™m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

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The door swung open and four guards entered before Dred stormed in. โ€œMalvak orders ya all to the platform now.โ€

My stomach flopped. โ€œNo. It hasnโ€™t been an hour.โ€

โ€œMalvakโ€™s orders changed.โ€

โ€œYou said theyโ€™d be spared,โ€ Ryder argued.

โ€œThey be ordered to watch.โ€

Dredโ€™s words stung like a laser through my heart. โ€œNo, please. You canโ€™t. Itโ€™s too soon.โ€

Ryder still clutched one arm and wouldnโ€™t let me go. โ€œSemara, listen to me.โ€

โ€œNo, I wonโ€™t. This isnโ€™t going to happen. Iโ€™ll tell Malvak who I am and order your release.โ€

โ€œNot wise.โ€ Dred shoved the key into Ryderโ€™s cell door.

I had to do something, anything to stop this.

โ€œWe need you, Semara. Youโ€™re the only one left in this war-torn world who can protect Raeth. Please, I promised my folks before they were murdered Iโ€™d take care of her. Once Iโ€™m goneโ€”โ€

โ€œDonโ€™t say that.โ€ Tears stung my eyes and I wanted to pull him against me and disappear.

Ryder reached through the bars and held the back of my head so our foreheads touched. โ€œOnce Iโ€™m gone, you are her only family.โ€

โ€œEnough, itโ€™s time,โ€ Dred ordered.

The guards rushed into the cell, bound Ryderโ€™s wrists, and dragged him from the cell. One guard grabbed Raeth by the arm and did the same to me. Dred stood at the outside of my cell, door open, waiting for me to exit.

โ€œI did all I could,โ€ Dred said with a heavy, deep tone. He bound my wrists and stepped back. โ€œSorry, Malvak orderedโ€”โ€

โ€œYou could do more. Trust me, youโ€™ll regret this later. Youโ€™ll go to sleep each night with Ryderโ€™s face haunting your dreams. Iโ€™m still tortured by making a wrong choice when I was only twelve.โ€

I shoved past him and went out to the center of town. Acid rose in my throat at the sight of the noose hanging from a wood beam. It had to be wood. If it had been metal, I couldโ€™ve melted it and bought some more time.

Maybe I could try Ryderโ€™s plan and incapacitate Dred before he stopped me, then get his gun and take a few down. If we could find cover and some metal weโ€™d have a chance.

I watched Dred out of the corner of my eye as we approached the platform.

โ€œDonโ€™t try it, pretty face. Iโ€™ve trained for years to be a faster draw with me powers. Ya donโ€™t stand a chance. All youโ€™ll accomplish is ya own death.โ€

I lifted my chin, determined to fight. โ€œI canโ€™t stand by and watch him die.โ€

โ€œYa donโ€™t have a choice. None of us do,โ€ Dred insisted.

โ€œYou do. Let me use my powers and the three of us escape. Otherwise, youโ€™ll have innocent blood on your hands.โ€ I pleaded.

Wind whipped through the village. Creaks echoed from the skywalks. Water swished through the steel waterways above. Cannons and barbed wire lined an exterior wall. It was a fortress.

Mother had been right to fear them. Even if I freed Ryder, how could we get out? I suspected the walls were electrified. Maybe I could short out the wires, but Iโ€™d need Raethโ€™s help to demolish the wall.

Even if we managed to break through the wall, then what? Weโ€™d have to get a ship and figure out where we were.

There had to be a way to save him. I had to be missing something.

A horn sounded and people came out of homes and buildings, flooding the street to watch Ryderโ€™s execution. Didnโ€™t they see they were no better than the council?

I wrung my hands and pulled at my rope bindings that rubbed my skin raw.

The smell of animals and desert sand carried on the wind.

A tall man appeared on one of the skywalks with a fluffy cape of animal fur lining his huge frame. I couldnโ€™t make out his features, but he definitely had a tattoo running across his forehead. A reflection of sunlight off his face indicated some piercings.

โ€œThis here Neumarian is charged with bringing the councilโ€™s wrath to our land. Do we wish to sacrifice our way of life and be enslaved to the council?โ€

โ€œNo,โ€ the crowd yelled back as if in a trance.

โ€œTerminate the prisoner and send his body as a gift to the queen.โ€

โ€œNo!โ€ I cried out and ran for the platform. โ€œYouโ€™re wrong. We only wish to go in peace. The queen doesnโ€™t know weโ€™re here. We brought a gift!โ€

I ran up the steps, but a guard snagged my hair, knocking me down so hard the wood cracked against my shoulder. A pain shot down my arm. Ryder shouldered the man and raced to my side. โ€œSemara, please, donโ€™t do this.โ€

โ€œI canโ€™t watch you die,โ€ I managed through sobs.

The guards tore us apart and placed Ryder on top of a box.

I fought with all my strength and drew heat from my core to my hands, but the mind splitting pain made me collapse. I lay on the floor of the platform forced to watch the noose being secured around his neck.

โ€œProceed with the execution.โ€

The guard kicked the box out from under Ryder and the rope snapped tight around his throat.

About Ciara Knight

Ciara Knight writes with a โ€˜Little Edge and a Lot of Heartโ€™ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller,ย Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InDโ€™Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owlโ€™s Top Pick, among other praises.

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