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The Warband (teaser Forgotten Road)

Updated on July 18, 2015

A Teaser from Forgotten Road. In this teaser, the third for this book, a closer look at Joy the Owl Girl and chieftain of a gang which intends to defend the Wyrde Woods from invasion in 1940.


“EEEE-EEEE-EEEECCCCHHHH,” Joy shrieked loudly from her vantage point at the end of one of the serpentine clearings.

…eeee-eeee-eeeecccchhhh,” Thallie answered almost immediately from a distance away and Joy smiled with satisfaction as she saw many of the soldiers shifting about nervously.

“Why don’t you make ferret noises, Maisy?” Leon suggested innocently. “That’ll put the fear of the Devil into them just as well. Sniff and squeak.”

“Why don’t you try making sheep noises like a proper farm boy,” Maisy retorted. “Behehehé.”

“More noises,” Katie Rye contributed with a gleam in her eyes.

“Cccchhhhwwwwaaaa-aaaa!” A third call sounded nearby and Joy frowned, the unmistakable call of a scritch owl hadn’t been Thallie’s. Perhaps she could raise an army of scritch owls and have them descend upon the patrol in a dark cloud of beaks and claws, producing an otherworldly din that would send the soldiers scurrying back to the safety of Raven’s Roost.

Joy smiled at the thought of such power and twirled around thrice, a movement made all the more dramatic by the long ribbons she had wound along her arms; ribbons that were festooned with owl feathers so that, as she twirled, it almost looked like she had wings. More owl feathers protruded from the headband she wore and she had daubed stripes on her face with the woad she had prepared earlier. The other three also had woad patterns on their faces and were similarly adorned with feathers and beads which they had fastened to their clothes or hung around their necks, ears and wrists. They all carried their bows and arrows and Leon had also fashioned a spear of sorts from a long straight branch which he had stripped of its bark and sharpened at its business end. The spear too was decorated with feathers.

Joy grinned fiercely, pleased with the little war band around her.


Secrets of the Wyrde Woods: FORGOTTEN ROAD will be published on 10 October 2015. The Kindle can be pre-ordered from Amazon with a 50% discount until the 30th of September.

By the same author, in paperback or kindle


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