Thursday, August 2, 2018

Excerpt Tour The Speaker by Andi O'Connor

The Speaker
by Andi O’Connor


GENRE: Fantasy



The Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel! Alone and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep her.

But her refuge doesn't last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to Vaelinel.

​Finally reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company. Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before standing against the evil threatening the land.

​For the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he'll stop at nothing to satisfy his hunger.


“How many more of these beasts are we going to have to kill?” Dremd dug the tip of his sword in the blood-soaked earth. Leaning on the hilt, he fell to his knee. “We can’t go on like this. This was the second time we’ve been attacked since finding Elthad’s body, and I feel safe to assume it won’t be the last. We’ve already lost three of our men and have no way of gaining reinforcements. We won’t make it to L√ľndvelle.”

“I don’t know,” Flit answered. All eyes turned to the young man. Sitting on a rock, he took off his helmet. His sweat-drenched copper hair glistened in the sunlight. No more than twenty, he was the least experienced among them, yet held his own in battle. “Brendell might be the one to lead us there. Have you not seen the way he fights? His strength is like one of the enemy’s own, yet with an unparalleled amount of fluidity and grace.”

“Aye,” Dremd agreed, still catching his breath. “I’ve noticed.”

He glanced at Brendell. The warrior stood on the edge of the battlefield. His back to his companions, he stared out at the horizon.

“His movements are unlike those among men,” Dremd continued, lowering his voice. “I’ve seen Brendell in many battles over the years. But his combat style in these last two skirmishes was different. While he still has elements of his previous form, he’s more skilled. Stronger. Quicker. The fluidity is something I’ve witnessed only among the elves.”

Silence fell among the company. Although his men thought they’d been talking amongst themselves, Brendell had heard every word they’d said. They were becoming suspicious, and rightfully so. Everything they’d said was completely accurate. He wasn’t the same man he’d been a week earlier. And now, the time had come to explain. He needed their trust.

He looked up at the clear blue sky. Breathing deeply, he filled his lungs with the fresh scent of the early spring breeze, letting it wash away the pungent odor of death. He hoped it would help clear his mind enough to organize his thoughts. It didn’t, but at least it gave him an excuse to stall a little longer. He’d known this day would come, but he’d hoped to put it off until after they’d reached Lilendvelle.

Still, he had no choice in the matter. The time was now. And he doubted his men were ready to accept what he was about to say.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author of The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. Her critically acclaimed novel, Silevethiel, is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. The Speaker is the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner for Fantasy and a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Andi’s novel, Awakening, is a 2018 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Fantasy.

You can frequently find Andi as an exhibitor and guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Awesome Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. You can connect with Andi on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s website.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the opportunity to read about another great book. With so many readers in my family, always great to hear about more choices I think they'd enjoy reading.

  2. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

    1. Wonderful! Silevethiel is the 1st book in the series, and the 3rd is scheduled for release in October!

  3. Thanks for hosting me! Sorry I didn't have a chance to stop by earlier. My eyes were dilated at the doctor earlier, and I am just now finally able to see!

  4. When did you first get the idea for your book? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com