The Bridges Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Hague Publishing
Date of Publication: 31 January 2015
Number of pages: 175 pages
Word Count: 55,000
Cover Artist: Ruth Fox
In 'The City of Silver Light', Keira Leichman spent the night lost in a wild snowstorm that struck Cassidy Heights. But what really happened that night? Not even Keira can be sure. What she does know is that she's been having strange dreams since the accident, and now she's stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. That is, until she finds Jake's telescope, and is drawn across the Bridge of Ice to Shar.
Now Keira is marooned in the City of Silver Light with Daniel, Jake’s younger brother, with no way to get home. But that is the least of their worries, for the secrets they discover in Shar are more dangerous than Kiera could ever have imagined. And the fate of both their worlds are in their hands.
‘Are you awake?’
Startled, I twist onto my side and, while the movement makes my head spin, I see a pair of bright blue eyes staring into mine. It’s her, the girl I saw in the courtyard. The one who called me a demon.
She’s holding my mobile phone in her hands. It’s open and she hits a button, causing the screen to light up. The familiar dull glow shocks me. The way the light falls on her hands and flickers over her hair … it’s proof I’m not dreaming. I’m not dead. This isn’t a morgue. I did cross the bridge.
Where am I?
‘What is this?’ the girl asks.
I open my mouth but my tongue doesn’t cooperate. All I can manage is a garbled ‘Uh.’ I reach for the phone and she pulls it away. I try again, but I can’t reach her. My arms refuse to obey me and I fall back onto the bed. The stuff underneath me gives a little, feeling soft and squishy, like an air mattress.
‘It’s a demon-stone, isn’t it?’ the girl says. She looks about the same age as Daniel, but she speaks as if she’s much older.
I work my tongue against the roof of my mouth, building up saliva so I can form the words I need. ‘It’s mine,’ I croak. ‘Give it back.’
‘No!’ she says stubbornly. ‘It’s pretty, and I like the sounds it makes. I want to hear the voice again. I’m going to keep it in case it does.’
Ruth completed a Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing in 2006. Her other published works include “Monster-boy: The Lair of the Grelgoroth”, Book 1 of the Monster-boy Series, and “Sand Dog”, an illustrated picture book for younger readers. Both are available from Amazon.com.
Ruth has been an avid reader her entire life and, inspired by the books that engrossed her as she was growing up, she aims to create stories that can draw readers in and enthral them for days or weeks. She writes every day and lives in Ballarat, Victoria, with her partner, her cat, and an ever-expanding library of books.