Monday, September 18, 2017

Excerpt & Giveaway: Across the Darkling Sea by K. Ferrin

Across the Darkling Sea
K. Ferrin
Publication date: November 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.

Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.

A velvety mist rose from the canals and waterways of Meuse as Evelyn hurried along. It drifted in thick ropes, painting the pre-dawn darkness with soft smears of gray. She could feel it against her skin like a damp breath, and she couldn’t stop herself from glancing around for the thousandth time since she’d left her house that morning, but the dark and fog kept her surroundings hidden. Everyone in the town could have been lurking there, watching her every move, and she would never have been able to tell.
She pushed the worry out of her mind and pulled the hood of her cloak forward, burying her head more deeply in its folds. No one knew what she was up to. No one was watching. Her parents’ room had been dark and quiet when she’d snuck by on her way out.
The agitated thoughts moved aside easily, but she couldn’t stop the cold sliver of fear that pushed through the pulsing heat of her excitement. She’d snuck magic into Meuse before, but nothing like this. Every time before it had been a tiny little trinket—things that barely qualified as magic. But this was very different. She doubted even her mother would be able to save her this time if she were caught. As chancellor, her mother would likely have to be even harsher in dealing out punishment. Every person in Meuse would demand it. If word got out, every person in the entire country would demand it.
She moved faster, placing her feet carefully to avoid the drumming thump of her knee-high mud boots on the raised wooden walkways of Meuse. If even one person saw her out and about and realized what she was up to, it was over. She hadn’t even dared tell Rudy what she was doing, and he was her closest friend. They’d gotten into every sort of trouble together over the years, but even he drew the line at magic.
Rudy said his resistance to her reckless fascination with magic was because magic was dangerous and inherently evil. But Evelyn thought it more likely that he feared magic only because he didn’t understand it and couldn’t use it.
It wasn’t his fault. No one in Brielle could. Whether due to some trick of geography or breeding or something else, the reality was that while everywhere else in the world that Evelyn knew of had magic, Brielle had none. A tragedy in Evelyn’s opinion, a blessing to literally every other person alive in the country. Instead of trying to figure out how to gain magic, Brielle had outlawed all forms within its borders long before anyone living had even been born.
The only things in Brielle were endless swamplands, groves of zildeschor trees, and in the few places where enough grains of sand had managed to bind together and rise a fraction above the brackish water, grass.
Almost in the exact center of Brielle, the river port of Meuse huddled on a wide spit of land just above the point where the Lisse River dumped unceremoniously into the Arnhem River before continuing its bloated journey to the sea. Evelyn had lived here her entire life, and it was as featureless and boring as the rest of Brielle.

Author Bio:
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at



  1. Terrific excerpt and giveaway. Thank you so much!

  2. Pretty cover, intriguing synopsis and an awesome excerpt. This sounds like an awesome book and I'm looking forward to reading.Thanks so much for sharing and for offering a Giveaway!

  3. Hi, the book sounds amazing I'm looking forward to reading it, and its going on my wish list.

  4. Fantastic cover! Sounds like an excellent read!

  5. ooo this sounds so great! I love magical fantasies!

  6. When magic is outlawed, only outlaws will be magicians.

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt.

  8. The cover is gorgeous and haunting. I think this sounds like a fun and exciting adventure to go on with this character.

  9. I just love reading excerpts so I can find new books to read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Magic, Banishment, Betrayal, new life, sounds like this story has it all!

  11. I adore the cover art! And the book looks like a great read!

  12. Would so love to read it, thank you <3

  13. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it! Looking forward to checking out this book!