This is the prologue of QofC and tells the account of the last couple of pages of FotExiles from Quintana's point of view. It took a while to work out what I wanted to do with Quintana's voice and I came to the conclusion that her inner voice is partly a song to Froi. As a result, I use Quintana's inner voice sparingly throughout the novel because it's so hard to sustain, although you hear more than enough from her in dialogue. (Take note that it's not set out in paragraphs like below)

There’s a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road. And I travel for days on the back of a cart
with the lice and the filth, and the swill of the swine.

But once in the valley, those pigs of the city sit high on their horses,
not with a noose, but with swords at their sides. And still so forsaken, I
rage at the gods, and I turn from the faces of those who take charge.

I keep to myself, but I find they are watching. I clench both my fists,
I’ll kill in a beat. Your words pound my brain, Froi, if they dare try to
touch me, a knife to the side and a slit ear to ear.

Those in my cave, they grab and they drag me. They want me to
bathe, but they’ll soon know the truth. And the fear on their faces speaks
loud of their awe, and I capture the crying and tell them what’s true;
that the men with the swords, who once held the noose, will cut out my
king and leave me to die.

The girl with the smile, the one you once spoke of, she enters the cave
and can see what is true. And she thinks with her heart, and shouts out, ‘It’s plague!’ and calls for a man who has seen plague before. I beg her,
I beg her, but the man named Matteo is the lad with the cats from when I
was a child. 'Your Highness,' he whispers, his eyes full of wonder. 'Did
you mate with the lastborn I sent to save Charyn?’

And the women, they stare with fear in their hope, but it’s hope
drenched with tears, and it smothers me whole. And the Mont’s wife,
she covers my belly and speaks, ‘We’ll be dead to all Charyn, from
plague in the north.’ There’s keening and wailing from those left behind:
the men of the valley who lose all they have.

And here where we’re hidden, I sleep in a corner. My dreams are
consumed by She who has stealth. I feel her, I fight her, I grit through
my teeth, ‘Keep far from my king or I’ll tear you to pieces.’ I call out your name to help fight this demon. I call out your name. ‘Froi. Save Charyn’s son.’

And day after day it is dull in my heart, for there’s nothing to say
when you’re dead to the world. And the Mont’s wife, she looks to the
valley and mountains with pain and regret, but such hope and fierce

‘Is it rain?’ someone asks, and I wait for the answer. Though winter still
shrouds this land, I've prayed for the sun.
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message 1: by Alexa (new)

Alexa Holy crap. :O
I'm ready for this book ! X3

message 2: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Williamson EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE NOW. Well, lots more than did at the end of Froi. I can't wait for this book. Ahhh!

message 3: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 02, 2012 09:42PM) (new)

Stephanie YES!!! I love when my predictions are right! ALSO, GET INTO MAH HANDS QUINTANA OF CHARYN! CANNOT WAIT TO READ YOU! ::Flailing with all the emoshuns::

Thanks for sharing this with us, Melina! <33

message 5: by F.J. (last edited Sep 02, 2012 08:53PM) (new)

F.J. This is more than wondeful. But I'm afraid there's no word to describe this.
Thanks or sharing, Melina!

message 6: by Meghan (last edited Sep 02, 2012 08:57PM) (new)

Meghan Oh my god, I am so excited for this book. I don't know if I can wait for March. I might have to order if from Australia. AAHHHHH.
Thank you so much for posting this!

Lonleypurplecat Thank you so much for sharing!! Now I have to wait another month or so to read it. It's going to be torture :(

message 8: by Carol (new)

Carol Berlingieri Love this series. Thank you!

message 9: by Landy (new)

Landy OH MY GOD!!

message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather CHILLS. Holy Crap, cannot wait to read this....

message 11: by Jasmeen (new)

Jasmeen Yeah so, I'm ordering it from Australia regardless of the cost, because I cannot wait until March.

message 12: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Those dear, brave girls are going to break my heart, aren't they?

message 13: by Alex (new)

Alex I got chills to!
I was like OMG! And then SQUEEEEE and then Oh, God!

message 14: by J (new)

J Amazing! Cannot wait. Thank you.

message 15: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Holy.... OMG!!!!

message 16: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Well that sealed it. Definitely ordering from Australia!

message 17: by Anna (new)

Anna Carles Omg I get my proof copy tomorrow. I am so so excited.
And I totally guessed that that's what happened :P

message 18: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen OMG. I'm now excited. Woah, I can't wait for the last book!

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so excited less than 20 days now :D

message 20: by Warmashes (new)

Warmashes Welp, there go my feelings. I will now be rocking back and forth in silent anticipation until Sept. 26, hoping against hope that the book will actually ARRIVE on that day instead of being shipped, thus subjecting me to wait a couple more weeks...;_;

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