Featuring fantasy novel Within by Peter Gribble
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Excerpt from Within
“The barbarians are here!”
No surprise, no panic, just leisurely, informal reports of the barbarian advance, from the tiny, dusty smudge on the northwestern horizon in the morning (first sighted by observers on the Temple roof) to the stretched procession of innumerable men and—it was presumed—horses throughout the rest of the day. Yes, the barbarians had arrived, but impending threat was rendered negligible due to the flood.
The River Messig had risen the day before, swelling into an expansive lake transforming the City mountain into an inaccessible island. Exquisite timing and the glorious view from Temple Ridge’s wall fed a giddy superiority for those savoring the sight of barbarians stymied at the Messig’s new northwestern shore.
Morning euphoria subsided into languid nonchalance. The majority of Citizens did not care to join those on Temple Ridge—too crowded—and went about their day as usual.
There was not much to do. The Bureautica, the City’s administrative body, was quiet, the last pilgrims having fled days earlier, and a premature Spring Fasting was in effect due to the invasion.
As light faded on the first day, little cooking fires dotting the plain lent an almost cheery, even inviting aspect to the encampment. Almost, but not quite.
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About Peter Gribble
Peter Gribble has written for NUVO and other magazines in British Columbia.
For over ten years he wrote a monthly gardening column for a local Vancouver paper.
The City of the Magicians is his first published series.
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