I’m not usually much of one for short stories, novellas, or novelettes as this one is called, but I kept hearing great things about this upcoming author, D.C. Marino, so when I had the chance to read this introductory teaser for her upcoming fantasy series, I jumped at the chance. I’m excited to share about Points Worth with you today!
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About the Book
Title: Points Worth
Author: D.C. Marino
Length: 31 pages
Release Date: March 30
For centuries the small port town of Points Worth has been able to communicate with the ocean in its own language. But the water has just gone silent and its last word has shaken those able to translate it. A knowledge of sea-script won’t be enough to mend the broken relationship between man and the deep. Gil, a young nautical linguist, will have to break rules and search the past to discover why the ocean ceased its tides—or had them stolen.
Points Worth is a novelette set in the world of Kingdom of Ruins, and is a prequel to the first book in the series.
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What a hook! In only 31 pages, this little book will grab you and make you desperate to get your hands on whatever follows! I am thankful to have received this complimentary ARC and am so intrigued to read this debut author’s full-length novel, which I hope is coming out very soon!
I was completely fascinated by the idea of the sea communicating with people, and my inner nerd rejoiced to have the main character be a linguist! I can’t wait to read more from this fantasy world!
About the Author
D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.
Guest post from D.C. Marino
I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Points Worth with you! To start, I’ll share a funny secret: this little novelette was never in the plan. The idea came at the last moment, at the suggestion of my publisher. I had never intended to write a prequel to the Kingdom of Ruins series, but when I began fleshing out this small story, it took on a personality I couldn’t ignore. Not only did I fall in love with the sea-salt setting and gutsy characters, but Points Worth is now planned to continue as a mini-series of novellas, each one to be released between the full-length novels!
Gil, the main character and hero, is who I blame for the speed of my commitment to this storyline. He inspires me. Calamity has befallen his small port town and fear is driving even the wisest of the townsfolk to make dangerous decisions. Instead of swallowing the easiest explanation for the disaster, Gil goes in search of the truth against one of the most powerful men in the town. He’s scrappy, inventive and knows his history. Though born in the hills, he’s a natural seafarer. I wanted to keep following him right off the page. And so, his story has only just begun to sail the unknown ocean.
On the flip side, the Kingdom of Ruins series takes place on land. But this isn’t a default setting. The land is a character in itself and interacts with those that live upon its soil. It even takes sides in war. This same concept was extended to the sea in Points Worth. Which is appropriate, as they are part of the same world. In fact, the town of Points Worth is only a few days’ ride away from where the main novel takes place. Which leads me to the last thing I wanted to share with you. Gil will show up as a supporting character in one of the main novels. I love this because, though the reader will know Gil very well, the main characters in Kingdom of Ruins will not. You’ll suddenly see Gil from another’s perspective, which should be interesting and sometimes comical.
I will say no more. Land and sea must tell the rest of the story.
Thank you for coming! I hope you enjoy the ocean-air and the adventure it inspires!
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