Behold the following excerpt, my favorite from chapters 39-44 of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. The situation is dire, and Janner’s worries are legitimate, but he’s not alone. Is there anyone who gives you strength when you’re afraid? Who makes you feel like you can be more than you are?
We’re almost finished with book 1! Only one more week, and then we’ll pause to celebrate Christ’s resurrection before diving into book 2. I’m so enjoying reading with you. 🙂
With a fierce look in his eyes, Podo threw the bundle into the back of the wagon and mounted it without waiting for the boys. They scrambled in as Podo said, “Hya!” to Danny the carthorse, who whinnied and tore toward Glipwood.
Janner’s eyes watered in the wind as he watched the sweeping boughs of glipwood trees whiz by. He prayed to the Maker that Leeli and Nia were still safe. He wondered how they possibly would escape with Nia and Leeli, if indeed the Fangs had overrun the town. He looked up at Podo, at the white hair flying out behind him, bluish now in the moonlight, and felt better. Maybe Podo didn’t have a plan, but knowing that his grandfather was with him, even in the face of the Fangs of Dang, made Janner feel like he could be more than he was. He drew strength from the old man, like water from a well, and rested in it. And he looked admiringly at Tink, who had found a Fang sword among the remains in the wagon and was holding it in two fists, clenching his jaw.
—From chapter 40, “Betrayal.”
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