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‘Path of Beasts’ excerpt

July 5th, 2012

I said a while back that I’d put up a teaser for Path of Beasts at the beginning of each month, right up until release date. Last month it was the new (and very handsome) picture of Toadspit.

Now here’s teaser number two. Random House have an online excerpt from Chapter 1: The Captive City, and you can read it here. Just scroll down. I hope you enjoy it.

0 thoughts on “‘Path of Beasts’ excerpt

  1. Hannah says:

    WHAT!!! THERE BACK!! Oh my gosh! So exciting!

    1. Lian says:

      They are indeed, Hannah! And things are about to get very exciting …

  2. Romi says:

    It was birlliant- I can’t wait for more! (:

  3. Romi says:

    Oh I apologise- brilliant. x.

    1. Lian says:

      I rather liked the idea of it being birlliant – it sounds sort of tough and feisty. πŸ™‚

  4. Maddison says:

    Hey lian!
    I was on here before and I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t stop writing to my favourite Author. I kind of broke that promise and now I feel really guilty! No more breaking promises. I, er, promise?!
    Anyway, I do have and excuse, I have just started High school and I suspect that my teachers will not stop giving homework until my head fully explodes!
    I’m in an extended class you see (I’m a bit of a nerd)and their expectations nearly touch the sky they are so high! My maths teacher started the year by walking into the classroom and telling us that at least 5 of us will not make it through the year in this class. Talk about a bad pep talk! 1 of us has already resigned into a lower class and I really don’t want to be next!
    Anyway, all of this has been driving me crazy these last few months and only my beloved books have kept me sane. I was on my way to my room the other night and I passed by my bookshelf. Mabye it was fate or coincidence, but Mueseum of Theives was slightly crooked and I couldn’t help straitning it. But as I did, I thought, why not just read the beginning? But that turned into reading 3 quarters of the book! By the time I thought to check the time, it was 2 am! I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow and dreamed that you came to my house and told me off for not writing to you but I was so excited that you were here, on my li’l ole farm that I started hopping up and down on the spot, squeling like a two year old given a shiny new toy. I woke up, finished Mueseum of Theives again and hurried downstairs to write to you and thats when I started my huge dramatic monologue. You know, it only just occured to me that I could have saved us both valuable time and just summarized all of this but then again, what fun is that?
    Anyway, I was originally writing to ask, when does the third book come out in NZ?
    Man, that took a while!
    Belated dedication,
    Maddison
    πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Aaah, Maddison, I was having a miserable day (probably because I’m starting a new book, and the first few weeks are always like trying to push through cold porridge) and your message has cheered me up immensely. How lovely to hear from you again. High school sounds HARD. What an introduction to Maths! Reminds me of a Geomorphology lecturer I had at university, who walked in, sat down, glared at all of us and said, ‘You lot mess me around, and I’ll mess YOU around!’ We all sat and shivered. πŸ™‚

      Books are good for restoring sanity however, I agree. And I’m glad that Museum is still on your best-loved list. Hope you love Path of Beasts just as much, if not more. It’s coming out in Australia on October 1st, and I assume it comes out in NZ at the same time, because it’s the same publisher for Aust and NZ.

  5. Maddison says:

    Oh thats fantastic! Not long now!
    Starting a book can’t be all that bad. At the start of a book all your wonderful ideas are a possibility!
    Oops! Sorry, my mum just made me turn off my eightys music so that I can start doing my chores.
    Sigh! No rest for the wicked!
    I’ll write to you tomorrow.
    All the loyalty that i posess,
    Maddison

    1. Lian says:

      I know what you mean about all ideas being a possibility at the beginning of a book. But I’m at the pre-idea stage. πŸ™‚ I know they will come – it’s just a bit uncomfortable waiting for them.

  6. Maddison says:

    Yes, it can be a bit nerve racking cant it? But just when you give up and slump down with a cup of tea in defeat, a flash of brilliance will come and a few taps of the keyboard later you are the next J.K Rowling!
    On holiday down south at the moment and it is freezing! I totally fell in love with a little skewbald I rode today though. He was so sweet. I couldn’t help thinking about what you told me about chief!
    Well, I hope this flash of brilliance comes sooner rather than later, but always remember to slow down and take a break. It gets your creative juices flowing.
    Will check this tomorrow for a reply and you can bet I will write back!
    Madddison
    πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      A few taps of the keyboard … LOL. But you’re right of course, Maddison. I have stopped worrying about it, and am pottering through various things, daydreaming, which is the best way I know to get ideas. I also need to read back through the Keepers, to see what clues I have unwittingly dropped for myself along the way. (treehouses!) Hope your holiday goes well. The little skewbald sounds gorgeous. I really like that ‘paint’ look on horses – some of them are so beautiful.

  7. Maddison says:

    All horses have thier own kind of beauty. But I have to say that paints do hold a speical place in my heart. But Last night I had come up with a question that I would love to know the answer to. Do Toadspit and Goldie have a thing for eachother? Other than friendship I mean. Or am I just another romantic hopeful?
    Wow, that sounded a lot less silly in my head. Never the less, if you can bring yourself to give away one of the precious secrets of the book that shall not be named least i should jinx it, (I am very unlucky you know), I would be uch obliged. If not, then I will just have to subject myself to the torture of waiting.:)

    1. Lian says:

      Hmm, it’s an interesting question. It’s not something that comes up in this trilogy – I can tell you that. But who knows what will happen in the future?

  8. Maddison says:

    Oh, sorry. I meant: πŸ™‚

  9. Jordyn says:

    Toadspit looks AWESOME!! I really want to see what Goldie and the other characters look like for the Path of Beasts (and of course read it)

    1. Lian says:

      He does look terrific, doesn’t he! And the drawing of Goldie is wonderful too. I’ll put that up soon.

  10. Jordyn says:

    My comment was for the link to the drawing of Toadspit oops πŸ˜›

  11. Jordyn says:

    That would be great Goldie is so brave

  12. Lily says:

    WOW! Lian, whenever I read you’re books or revieve a letter from you I get this excited bubbling in my stomach that keeps on bubbling until I’ve calmed myself down. And what makes that special is it only happens with YOU and your writing and you’re info and posters and adds . . . you are my idol.

    1. Lian says:

      That’s so nice, Lily. I expect that one day, when I am very very ancient, I will wave my walking stick in the air and say in a croaky voice – ‘See that young woman? Lily whatsername, the famous author? I knew her when she was a kid.’ πŸ˜‰

  13. Lily says:

    sorry not revieve recieve πŸ™‚

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