- Smailholm by C.L. Williams
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Audience: Middle-Grade to Young Adult
- Pub Date: January 28th 2020
Shh! Can you keep a secret?
In wild medieval Britain thirteen-year-old Wynn Hoppringle has a big secret of the smallest kind. She has discovered a miniature village hidden close to her family home of Smailholm Tower. When tales of merciless border raiders reach the small folk, they realize they are in danger and must seek a cure to their strange predicament. Can Wynn help her tiny friends or will the scheming King quog have other ideas? Heroes it seems come in all sizes.
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Smailholm by C.L. Williams publishes on January 28, 2020. It is available for pre-order until then.
“You see for many years a secret has been kept beneath my family home—Smailholm Tower, the wild brambles hiding a big secret of the smallest kind. It is a secret which only I seem to have discovered—that of the miniature folk of Smailholm. They say they were once the same size as I, but they were shrunk by some other-worldly curse.”
“So tiny she is, I could pick her up in the palm of my hand, put her in my pocket and you wouldn’t think she was there at all.
She has no wings to make her fly; nor ears that point to a peak. She is neither a fairy nor a spritely elf, as the old folk tales might say. Simply a jolly woman singing a jolly song. In fact, if my size didn’t dwarf her tiny frame you wouldn’t realise she was any different at all.”
“Smailholm folk, I have come here this eve to tell you of surprising news,’ he says. ‘As many of you know I spend most of my time outside the brambled protection of Smailholm. In the forests of Ettrick and beyond—’
“Aye, we know all about that! You’re never bloomin’ ’ere,’ a voice shouts from the back of the crowd. Some of the villagers stifle a snigger.”
“As I peer through the arrow slit, I see her balance a moment in the air; her wings buffeted by the gusts. Then she lifts her great wings upon the wind’s force and tilts her head slightly, sweeping down upon her prey.
Oh, sweet Aquila.”
“What stares back makes me gasp. Not of shock, nor even fear, but in awe. For the beauty of it is spellbinding—I do not look upon the face of any normal living creature. In fact, it appears to have no face at all. Instead, what looks back at me is a limitless blanket of black, punctuated only with the light of the moon and stars. A reflection of the night’s sky in all its peace.”
Claire Williams lives in Cheshire with her husband and children Ava and Henry.
She probably needs to consider Botox in the near future.
She is proud to be called a ‘Clayhead’ – a person born in the Potteries (Stoke on Trent) and will always turn over a china cup to see where it is made.
She is a tech geek and fantasy fan and will often be found snuggled in front of the TV watching a sci-fi or fantasy movie.
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