Happy Hump Day, everyone! We’re almost to the weekend! But to get you through the rest of the week, I’ve decided to share an excerpt from C. S. Boyack’s new book, The Cock of the South.
The book cover
Title aside, he assured me this isn’t a comedy, although parts of the novel are indeed quite humorous. This is his first attempt at writing fantasy, but I think he’s off to a great start. It involves a group of conquered peoples banding together to ensure they have a place in the world. It is set in a Greco-Roman environment, rife with everything fans of those stories might expect.
So if you’re a fan of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, or GRRM, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book. (Have you ever noticed fantasy writers always have abbreviated names?)
Anyway, here’s a little teaser to give you a taste of what to expect in C. S. Boyack’s novel. This excerpt features the main character, Cobby, a Southern Dwarf, Uncle, a half human, and Gallicus, a cockatrice–hence the title.
Roald stood near his cows looking to the east. An erie red glow wound its way across the country below them.
“What is it?” Cobby asked.
“Same stuff what fills that lake,” he cocked a thumb over his shoulder. “That’s lava. It’s from Helheim itself. Keep watching, if it touches a tree she burns like dry grass, by golly. You can’t see it in the daytime. It just looks black and foggy. At night you can see the fire inside.”
“Helheim must be like our Tartarus,” Cobby said.
“Yeah, by golly, that’s it. Tomorrow we climb some, then start back down. The next camp is like this one, but the one after is a beauty. There’s a cabin and a hot spring too.”
The mountain shook once more, and cones fell from the trees. Roald patted one of his cows, “It’s okay, we seen Ifestio shake many times. Keep the girls calm and it’ll pass.”
The lead cow lay down, and the others did the same.
Cobby sat down and started tossing bits to Gallicus. “You’re not afraid, because you can fly away.”
Cobby took one last look at the lava, then headed for camp.
Uncle was throwing a fit. “This dwarfess unloaded my wagon and put all my stuff in the snow.”
Beth had her hands on her hips and said, “This wagon is a dormitory for some girls now. Four dwarfesses and two humans.”
“Let’s put your stuff under the wagon,” Cobby said.
“And where am I supposed to sleep then?”
“We’ll make a wall out of your stuff. You and Ruth can block the cold wind that way.”
Uncle scowled and made a fist.
Ruth scolded, “You’d choose keeping that old trunk dry over the lives of these six girls. If so, then you aren’t the man I thought you were.”
Uncle picked up the trunk and shoved it under the wagon. “Half man,” he grumbled. “Besides, nothing can get wet if it’s frozen solid.”
C. S. Boyack
You can tell from the excerpt, C. S. Boyack had a great time writing The Cock of the South, and hopes you’ll enjoy reading it just as much. I, myself, can’t wait to read it!
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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this excerpt. I try to share good books as a find them. Connecting readers with good authors is what I do best, aside from being awesome; I do that very well;) Just kidding. Have a great Wednesday, everyone!