ASTRAL TIDE: Release Party
Series: Otherborn, #2
Author: Anna Silver
Release Date: February 28, 2014
Format: Paperback, ebook
Subgenres: dystopian, science fiction
London and her friends are fugitives in a reprocessed world where anything New is illegal. But as Otherborn, they’re different. They can dream and create, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. After fleeing Capital City with an assassin on their heels, the Otherborn found nothing went according to plan. Now, they are down by two and on the run in the Outroads, but the Tycoons keep mysteriously gaining on them. And seven months later, London is no closer to her promise to go back for Rye, if there is anything left to go back for. But Zen is teaching London that there may be more to her heart than the pieces she left behind, and London can’t help but feel guilty about not looking back since they fled New Eden. Should she hold on to hope that Rye is more than just a memory, or embrace a new life and love with Zen?
In their race to outrun their enemies, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: they can only run for so long. Eventually, they’ll have to face what waits when the road runs out. Eventually, their fates will catch up to them.
Anna Silver is an author and artist living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She’s freelanced for private clients and small publications like the Hill Country Current. OTHERBORN, her first published novel, has been featured on 2 of Amazon’s “Bestsellers” lists. She is represented by Rebecca Podos and Nicole LaBombard of Rees Literary Agency.
“What’s her world like?” he asked, suddenly serious.
“Si’dah’s?” London didn’t like where this was going. It was a conversation just like this one that had led to her and Rye’s first kiss.
“No, the Queen of Old-England’s.” Zen cut his eyes at her. “Of course, Si’dah’s.”
A year ago, this subject was taboo. But by now, they’d all had long looks at one another’s Others. There weren’t many nights that went by that didn’t find them in the Astral, training with Hantu-Degan and puzzling over how they could overpower the Tycoons. It was a slow, halting process. They hadn’t made much progress, not nearly as much as they needed in order to face the Tycoons. After Avery’s defection was made public Astral knowledge, they’d decided against meeting with the rest of the Circle again. Instead of visiting the safe and sacred space of the grove, Hantu was training them alone in the abandoned meadows and misty Astral plains. But Hantu was limited himself. There were a few well-placed holes in his own memory and being trapped there made him only half the teacher they needed. Everything was grand in the Astral. They felt infinite and strong, but as soon as they woke up here, the reality slipped and they were just a bunch of human kids with little to no control. Pulling the Astral into this world was proving harder than they ever thought.
London took a deep, conceding breath. She was trying to keep Zen stable after the shock he’d faced that morning. And she had nothing to hide. Not anymore. “It was beautiful. Verdant,” London told him.
“Green,” he said dreamily.
“Like the Outroads?”
“Different,” she said. “Thicker. Wetter. More vivid. There was no distinction. No walls anywhere. We had our territory, but really, the whole place—it was our home.”
Zen rolled to his side and propped his head on an elbow, facing her. “What else?”
“There were no wars.”
“There are no wars now,” he said. “No one to fight when the Tycoons own everything.”
“There was no ‘own’,” London told him. “We didn’t have concepts like that. Mine. Yours. Everything was shared. Everything was ours.”
“Sounds perfect,” he said with a sigh.
“Not at all. But it was a heap better than this mess.” She shrugged.
“Were they all like Si’dah?” he asked her.
“No. Only a Si’dah can travel. Only those born with the black eyes.”
“You mean, there’s more than one Si’dah?” Zen sat up.
London tugged a curl. “It’s a title, not a name. It means Traveler. Every clan or tribe, whatever you want to call it, had their own. Always born among the females.”
“So what was your real name then, when you were there, before you became the Si’dah for your tribe?”
Uh-oh. Now this was encroaching on forbidden territory. London had never told anyone her name before she became known simply as Si’dah. Not even Rye. She remembered, in her world before this one, that Si’dah had been expected to give that name and identity up completely once she took her mentor’s place as Traveler. Even here, in this new body, among this new world, she felt like she was breaking a rule.
“You don’t have to tell me,” Zen said, shrinking back. His eyes went soft as pussy willow catkins and his shoulders rounded.
London shook her head. She had never been one to follow rules, not here anyway. Si’dah would just have to understand. “Anya,” she said quietly and the world didn’t stop spinning and the sky didn’t break open. She looked at Zen and exhaled, a smile brightening her face. “My name was Anya.”
“Beautiful,” he whispered. “Like you.”
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“You can expect wicked action and emotionally engaging characters in this deeply satisfying read. Anna Silver has limitless potential and this spellbinding sequel is proof. From her breakthrough style to her genuine characters you can’t help but fall in love with ‘Astral Tide’.” –Emma Micheals, Author of the SOCIETY OF FEATHERS series
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