Tour and Giveaway for Y’KETA by Sandra Hurst

Y’keta
The Sky Road Trilogy Book 1
by Sandra Hurst
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Banished. Cast out. Powerless. Y’keta is exiled to the small village of
Esquialt as his father’s punishment for his rebellious spirit.
Village tradition gives him one Cycle, from spring to spring, to earn
the right to stay.


The villagers have a legend about mighty beings called the Waki’tani,
mythical lords of the wind and lightning who can shapeshift into
human form. Y’keta knows the truth behind these stories. Could there
be more to them than just tales shared around the campfire?
If Y’keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their
history and traditions apart…but sharing his secrets may be their
only hope for survival when Esquialt is threatened by the brutal,
ferociously destructive Utlaak.
Loosely based on the Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is an epic
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.

 Snippets from Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1

“I tried.” My voice broke as I spoke. “I tried so hard to become all she was, to want what she wanted for me.” The darkening sky overhead was speckled with the first stars. Walkers on the Road, Matra would have called them, but now there was no Matra, no wind driving me, and I felt frightened, rootless, and free.

(Siann; Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

 

Dead bodies are inconvenient, Y’keta thought, somehow dealing with them should be quicker than this. (Y’keta; Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

 

Eyes closed, breathing controlled, Ren let her soul lean into his warmth. Somewhere a small spark flickered in her mind, and for once all the years spent cold and lonely could not stifle it.

(Ren; Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

 

“What I would rather? I would rather you not set up a mating for me like I was a fur you were trying to trade at the hunting grounds.” I stomped around the small family area, but there was nothing here I could kick, and I desperately needed to kick something.

(Siann; Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

 

There is a point at which pain ends; it becomes part of the background noise of life, no more present than a cricket in the rush floors of the lodge, or the sound of your own heartbeat. Y’keta no longer thought about pain or darkness, the way he never thought about air as something that existed apart from himself, it simply was.

(Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

 

Think of it like asking friends to share a campfire. If there is a voice in your heart that you are afraid to invite, afraid to accept and to hear, that voice becomes like windstorm, howling forever in your ears. A lost child crying in the darkness, looking for warmth and home.”

(D’vhan; Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

 

D’vhan held out a wrinkled hand to the dejected Kit’na. “If you agree to be honest, with yourself and with me, I will count you as one of my warriors.” Grasping Y’keta’s wrist, D’vhan pulled with surprising strength, yanking the younger man to his feet and almost tumbling him into the surf. “You have a lot to learn about our ways. It will not be easy to put your pride away and learn as an adult what you should have learned as a child; but if you are willing, I will teach.”

Y’keta grasped D’vhan’s arm, forearm to forearm in the way he’d seen other warriors in the village greet each other. “I promise,” he said, “I will try.”

The grizzled hand clapped Y’keta on the shoulder and gave him an ungentle shove towards the forest. “Let’s get back to work then, young hatchling. Laban and Ren are not far ahead of us.”

“But didn’t you say we would meet up on the beach at sundown?” Y’keta queried.

“Laban and Ren will head towards the beach for nightfall,” D’vhan agreed, “but if they found anything in the forest, I want to see it before dark.”

“You sneaky old crow,” Y’keta spluttered. “You planned this just to find out about me!” “Exactly,” D’vhan cackled, the beads sparkling in his hair as he laughed. “Be wary of old crows. We are not as quick to fight as you young hawks, but infinitely more devious.

(D’vhan; Y’keta – The Sky Road Trilogy, Book 1)

Hi, my name is Sandra Hurst, the author of the Sky Road fantasy
series.
As a child growing up in England stories and legends
surrounded me, I learned how important imagination was. When I was 8,
we moved to northern Canada and the legends changed. Stories of the
Fae and the little people were replaced by legends of the Thunderbird
and stories of the woodlands. I never stood a chance. What could I be
but a writer?
Growing up in Northern Alberta gave me a great love and respect for the wild
lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds I
create.
A mythmaker at heart, I started writing poetry in middle school and
graduated to epic fantasy.
Myths give us a way to interpret the world past our normal experience. To
ask questions and explore answers in a larger-than-life game of ‘what
if.’ We need to make room for myths and mythmakers in our fact
driven world. To give space for worlds that are brighter and clearer
than our own. For it is in doing so, that we have room to become more
fully human.
My first book, Y’keta, is loosely based on the Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is a Young Adult, high
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.
I now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I
love dearly, and have put for sale on e-bay when their behaviour
demanded it. My day to day life is a balance between my outside life
as a paralegal counsellor and my inner life as an author/poet. In
between, I work on courses to improve my writing, learning the Cree
Language, book reviews and blogging on my website, and studying
mythologies from around the world.
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