As you may have seen in my review a few days ago, I’m so insanely thrilled for the release of Madeline Dyer’s last book in the Untamed series, Destroyed! It’s a fantastic ending to this amazing series and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. And being a part of the blog tour is just the cherry on top!
So without further ado, I give you – an exclusive excerpt from Destroyed! Read on through for your chance to enter a giveaway as well!
I jolt awake, heart pounding. Blood thumps in my ears. Soft blankets, over me, tucked under me. The light is bright, and it takes my eyes a moment to adjust.
I am in a hut. Raleigh’s not here. No net.
Just soft blankets. All around me. And—and my clothes, they’re different. I can feel them. I untangle my arms from the blankets. Long sleeves, red, not ripped.
“It’s okay,” a voice says. “You’re safe.”
I turn and stare at the woman in the hut’s entrance: heart-shaped face, pale, with large eyes. Untamed. Blue eyes, like Jana’s. Her hair is a golden sun around her face, with just the smallest hint of red tones.
“You must be hungry,” she says. Behind her, the light is bright, but I see a blue sky.
She steps closer and places a bowl of meat stew in my hands. I find myself salivating at the aromas—don’t know how I didn’t notice before, because the smells are everywhere and they are wonderful. The woman hands me a spoon, and I dig in.
“Where am I? Where are the others?” I ask around a mouthful.
“You are at the hunting residence of the Stone Seers,” the woman says. “Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Zara.” She holds out her hand, and I shake it. “Jana is assisting with the life your other female companion is bringing forth.”
The Stone Seers? But this isn’t a cave—this is a hut. I can see the wooden structure, how hides have been sewn together to make the walls.
Then I realize what she said. “Esther’s giving birth?”
Zara smiles. “Untamed births are always a gift, even more so when they’re blessed.”
I set the bowl and spoon aside. “I need to go to her.”
“No.” The woman pushes gently at my shoulder. “My dear, you were injured and your Seer powers were threatening the stability of your mind when you arrived here. You still need to rest. Your fever may have broken, but you’ve been unconscious for nearly two days.”
A fever? Two days?
I stare at her and blink several times. I feel fine, just tired.
“Our healers have been overseeing you. Do not worry, my dear, you are safe now. We are together. But you must rest. We know how important you are. Jana has told us everything, and you’re with us now. It will be okay. We have a large group of Untamed. There is no need to worry.”
She sounds oddly like my mother, and I feel safe.
“Where’s Corin?” I look around, but it’s just me and her in here. “And Taras? Elf? Are they with Esther?”
“No, my dear. They are visiting the Great Stone River at the moment. The waterfalls are really magnificent at this time of year, and this is one of the last opportunities to see them before the ice comes. They will be back soon though. Corin has been sitting with you a lot. We did not think you would wake so soon for the fever has only just broken.”
He’s been sitting with me? Of course he has. I blink, and I see him in my mind’s eye, and then he’s gone, and all I’m looking at are the walls of the hut: some sort of coarse-looking fabric stretched over a wooden frame.
The hut is big, very big. Bigger than any we had at Nbutai. So big I don’t even know that hut is the right word. What looks like a wooden kayak sits by the opposite wall, and I stare at it.
“Do not use your Seer powers yet,” Zara says. “You must rest, Seventh One, just rest.”
I take another mouthful of food, feel the way its warmth seeps into me, makes my arms and legs feel heavier. Resting does sound like a good idea. I can’t argue with that. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to rest and be safe, with others around—a whole group who can keep watch.
It’s only after Zara’s gone, and I’m not sure how much time has passed, that I realize I forgot to ask about the attack, whether the Enhanced injured any of us.
Whether we lost any people.
Whether any of us were ‘saved’.