Title: The Storm Crow
Author: Kayln Josephson
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of everyaspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.That terrible night has thrown PrincessAnthia into a deep depression. Her sisterCaliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do isthink of all she has lost.But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown princeof Illucia, Thiais finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hiddenCrow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan tohatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them
I was a storm.
Adrenaline ripped through my veins like lightning as I leaned close to the body of myCrow, preparing to execute a dive. Iyla’s warm, steady heat kept me grounded, even hundreds offeet in the air. Cold wind whipped tendrils ofhair free from my braid, nipping at the skin aroundmy goggles and stealing my breath.
The thin, well-worn saddle beneath me was nothing more than a strip of leather to bindstirrups to, the reins trailing from my hands to Iyla’s beak, an illusion of control—this ridedepended on trust and mutual respect. Anything less, and no amount of leather would keep meseated on Iyla’s back.
Years of Estrel’s instructions raced through my mind: Keep your body low and tight in a dive. Give the reins slack. Keep your knees back so you don’t put pressure on the Crow’s wing joints. I knew it all like my own heartbeat.
I tucked close to Iyla’s body, and we dove.
Water misted my skin as Iyla’s Storm Crow magic split apart a cloud a second before weshot through it and plummeted toward the earth. My heart screamed into my throat, pure,unadulterated joy erupting through me with every passing moment. I held my breath as we fell,counting the seconds—we could only gain so much speed before Iyla’s wings wouldn’t be ableto handle the strain of opening.
We burst through the clouds, Aris spread out below us. The city was a blur as we dove, asea of light and color fast approaching.
Twenty.I squeezed my knees, and Iyla’s wings snapped open like the slice of a blade,catching an updraft to send us sailing in a gentle arc. Lightning buzzed at the tips of Iyla’s wingsas she let out a piercing call.
I sucked in a lungful of cold air and let it out in a laugh, the thrill of the dive resoundingthrough me like a thunderclap. I craved that feeling like starved lungs craved air, letting it fill meuntil I felt impossibly alive.
About the Author
Kalyn Josephson is a Technical Writer in Silicon Valley, which leaves room fortoo many bad puns about technically being a writer. She grew up in San LuisObispo, CA, but now lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (becauseit’s the Bay and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who aremore like a tiny dragon and an even tinier owl). When not writing YA Fantasy, sheloves baking, reading, playing sports, and watching too many movies.
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