Monday, October 1, 2012

1st Rd Sm Press Contest #30 - Icesong



Sixteen-year-old Ice Mage Nuala would rather hide under the covers than journey out into the unknown. When her home is attacked and her father murdered, the novice is forced to crawl out of her comfort zone in pursuit of Jarlath, the power hungry Earth Mage who killed him.

Even worse, Jarlath has found a way to acquire all the Elements: a feat forbidden by the gods. If he succeeds, it could destroy the Elements the Mages and people of Tartha rely on to survive. When she finds out her mother committed suicide in a failed attempt to sacrifice her Element to Jarlath, Nuala learns she carries the essence he needs to complete his rise to power.  Now Nuala is the only thing keeping Jarlath from gaining the power of Ice.

With Jarlath in pursuit, Nuala must figure out how to defeat him before he uses her own powers against her and Tartha is destroyed.  But the answer leaves her with a daunting choice: risk losing her Element to save Tartha, or save herself and watch her world fall to the enemy.  

First 150:

Nuala froze.  Something was wrong.  The morning air dripped with fog, swirling and caressing her bare arms.  Normally she would welcome the touch of the damp breeze, but today it was off.  Ice crept around her temples and a shiver ran down her spine.  

She surveyed the land in front of her, the sparse plain stretching and morphing into small rolling hills.  There was nothing out of the ordinary as far as she could see, so why did she feel so nervous?

Sister Llyr, give me the strength to wash the worry from my mind and harden my heart so that I may grow perfect in your eyes.  

Nuala sighed, a short breath of cold air escaping her lips.  Crouching, she touched a small daisy at her feet.  Ice streamed from her fingers, enveloping the delicate petals, freezing the flower.  Nuala imagined herself as that daisy, a strong armor of ice coating her body, impenetrable.


Colene Murphy said...

I've def. seen this before, but it's different now! I like the changes you've made. Oh, and her icing up a flower, what a lovely image. I'm def intrigued by her magic, and this place as well as whatever badness she's feeling.

Honey Badger said...

Hey, Entry #30!

I’m going around giving everyone at least one critique and one positive today. (Maybe more, if I spot something helpful.)

- Great 150!

- The last line of the query left me confused. Could you elaborate a bit more on the choice she faces?

Best of luck! :)

Abby Minard said...

Hm, yeah, I can see how that would be confusing. Without giving the ending away, she basically is faced with a task that would compromise her powers in order to save their world.

Thanks for the critique- I will definitely try to clarify it more.

Lone Star said...

An ice mage is different, I liked the way she froze the daisy. The first 150 was well written, but the first two paragraphs are mostly descriptions on the scene. I think it may help to cut this down and get to the action faster.

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