The Bone Whistleby K.B. Hoyle
Release Date: September 18 , 2014Published by The Writers Coffee ShopGenre: JUVENILE FICTION/Fantasy/Magic & Family/GeneralISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-279-2
Darcy burned with the pain of knowing she’d failed. What happened when a prophecy didn’t come true? It must not have been much of a prophecy in the first place. And if they couldn’t trust in that, then they couldn’t trust in anything at all.
Five years ago, Darcy first received the prophecy of the Six, which stated she and her friends would save the land of Alitheia from a shadowy foe. For five years, she hasn’t known what the end will look like, but she certainly didn’t expect this.
Thrust back into Alitheia through unexpected means, Darcy winds up alone, scared, and without her recent memory. As she struggles to regain her lost memories and reunite with the ones she loves, she pieces together the prophecies and the oracles to find they all converge into one story¾a story that tells her just how much she’ll have to give to save both worlds, and everyone she loves.
Pursued through Alitheia by forces desperate to kill them, Darcy and her friends take a journey fraught with danger that will lead them, inevitably, to the final confrontation with the Shadow. Armed with newfound knowledge of how the prophecy of the Six will play out, Darcy and the others must have faith in the face of mounting odds and adversity. Ultimately, the greatest courage of all belongs not to those who give something of themselves, but to those who let go of what they could never control.
Filled with stunning losses, heart-wrenching reunions, unexpected twists, and the power of love and sacrifice, the conclusion to The Gateway Chronicles will leave you breathless and begging for more from author K. B. Hoyle.
About the Author:
K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three rambunctious little boys. Her favorite literary genres have always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people, and she wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven. Her goal as a writer is to take a look at existing truths in the world around her and repackage them in new, exciting, and fantastic ways.
This is the final book of a rather large series - Tell us about your experience finalising your characters and their stories?
Anybody who has read my blog for any stretch of time will roll their eyes at me in a moment here because I say this all the time, but I am a meticulous planner. I am not of the “sit down and just write” school of thought when it comes to authoring a book, let alone a book series, because I believe success in telling a story rests largely on the author knowing where he or she is going with the plot line and character arcs.
That being said, there are always elements that rear their heads as time goes on that an author such as myself does not plan for, and in those situations, flexibility (and relying on a good system of note taking to make sure the plot doesn’t veer too far off the planned path) is the name of the game. Because I’ve been writing The Gateway Chronicles for seven years, there have been many unplanned elements along the way that I’ve incorporated into the planned story, but I think those things have only added spice and excitement to the finale. And as I’ve added things to the story arcs, I’ve also incorporated those things into my notes. Finalizing my characters’ story arcs, therefore, was very much a matter of me going back and ticking things off my lists, as it were.
I have kept several documents over the years in which I’ve tracked various story elements, especially as relates to the characters, and I used a color-coded system of highlighting to ensure that those elements that needed to be finalized got finalized, and those that didn’t need to because of unplanned twists and turns in places got cut. I will say, though, that while I obviously had to finalize the main characters’ stories, I also felt a great burden to finalize as many of the minor characters as possible. Seven years and six books is a lot of time and space in which to accumulate characters, and I learned very quickly that readers get attached to minor characters and want to know what happens with them too.
I didn’t want any of my readers to feel cheated, to feel that I had arbitrarily killed characters off for lack of foresight into their extended stories, or to feel that any aspect of the story lacked closure. This is largely what contributed to The Bone Whistle being significantly longer than the other books in the series. It took the extra 50-60,000 words to wrap everything up, but I’m quite happy with the result. I can only hope my readers are, as well!
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Praise for The Bone Whistle"I really enjoyed this series from the opening pages of THE SIX, where we meet 13 year old, solipsistic, angst-ridden Darcy, through to the final pages of THE BONE WHISTLE where we leave her behind, matured and likely as grown as she will ever be." - Suzy Goodreads Review
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