Saturday, May 5, 2018

Desert Sands and Silence (Green Sky series, Book 6) by Kate Coe

Release date: May 4, 2018
Subgenre: Steampunk, Sparkpunk

About Desert Sands and Silence:


Moel is a runner, a desert inhabitant who makes her living carrying messages across the sun-baked plains, content in her silence. But when a group of engineers from Meton are caught in a rockslide, politics abruptly brings Moel into the world again, and she meets others who have been pulled back to their pasts by Ziricon’s desire to gain the power of spark without the costs.




Noise awoke Moel from her slumber in the cool rock hollow. As soon as she opened her eyes, she knew that only a few hours had passed; it was still morning, although the fury of the sun made the distinctions between the times of day irrelevant. Either the sun was there, or it was not.
Voices were disturbing the silence of the desert; human chatter, not the shrieks of the vultures or foxes. Someone was coming towards the rock pillar – no, several someones. Moel heard the sand whisper under their feet, interspersed with solid thuds on the rock patches. She guessed that they were also crossing the desert, although their pace was off if they had only just got here. Why were they walking in the morning heat? They should have found somewhere to stop at dawn.
“I don't see why we couldn't have brought a Fliyer to do this,” a voice said grumpily from below. Moel, secure in her invisibility, edged closer to the entrance of her cave. The voice had a Meton accent, which meant the traveller was far from home. And what was a Fliyer?
“Scope the land.” Another voice, this one rough from thirst. Did they not have enough water?
“Pick a cave,” a third voice barked, and Moel frowned. She knew that voice: that was Ecthen, which meant that she was guiding the others. The group hadn't been in Huish, so they must have come across the desert from Belmont. What were they doing here?
The two voices fell silent and she heard them clunking around in the rock caves below her. From the sounds, there were… five? Six? And Ecthen, of course. A larger party than usually travelled this route…
“We'll start again at dusk,” Ecthen said, talking to the people in the cave. “I'll wake you.”
“I'll take a watch,” a second voice said quietly a moment later, and Moel felt the frown crease her forehead again. That was Ray. Why two guides?
“Why?” Ecthen asked, her voice getting closer. They'd stepped into the bottom of the gully below her cave, and Moel hesitated. She didn’t want to show herself, not yet.
There was silence for a moment, and then Ray said, “Ziricon.”
“What?” Ecthen demanded in a fierce whisper.
“There's been a rumour.”
“They made peace. And they wouldn't attack in Orei.”
“These people are important!” Ray shot back in the same fierce whisper. “Ziricon wants technology, we've got a group of the people who know how to use it…”
“Where did this rumour come from?” Ecthen snapped.
“Juviel told me.”
There was a long silence, and then Ecthen said, “All right. Wake me to take half the watch. At least we’ll be in Huish soon.”
Moel breathed out as she heard their footsteps retreat out of the gully. Ecthen knew of the upper cave, but if they were on watch then they wouldn't approach. She heard their footsteps whisper away, and then the desert silence returned again.
Moel returned to her cave, and went back to sleep. | Amazon UK


About Kate Coe:

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at In real life she's a typesetter and fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.


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