White Eyes by H L Petrovic
120,000 WORDS. Gritty, female-centric epic fantasy.
Would you kill to save your child?
Sharah Goodwin, a herder’s wife, never thought she could. Until White Eyes come. They murder her husband, and drag her screaming from the arms of her four-year-old son.
A prisoner far from home, Sharah knows her death is imminent. The White Eyes will sacrifice her to the curse that turns eyes white, and grants a year’s immortality. Sharah’s only thoughts are of survival, her deepest desire to return home to her child. Her only hope lies in murder and in becoming White Eyes herself.
Thus begins Sharah’s Ulyssean journey to be reunited with her son.
As Sharah flees for home she becomes the unwilling servant of a ruthless queen and her scheming spellweaver. She joins the queen’s white-eyed warrior women.
Sharah cannot outrun the horrific memories of her captivity, and she is haunted by vivid dreams that seem all too real. A power is growing within Sharah, one that might grant her every desire: justice for the living, revenge for the dead, and most importantly, a way to return home to the child she left behind. But only if she can learn to control it before it kills her.
Warning: there are no virgin archetypes waiting for rescue in this novel. White Eyes is a 120,000-word gritty epic fantasy novel, with a strong, proactive female cast. It combines the female-driven thematics of writers like Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier, a single POV character arc, and is set in a dangerous world reminiscent of George R R Martin or Joe Abercrombie.
In a genre with a strong female readership, White Eyes presents a grown female protagonist with child, a rarity in fantasy. White Eyes passes both the Bechdel and Maki Mori tests.
White Eyes received a Highly Commended in the Australian Society of Authors Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program 2013-14.
The sequel to White Eyes.
Progress at of April 2016 : The draft is complete, but feels messy, so instead of trying to make sense of it, I’ve started to draft RED FLAME, the third book in the GODSPELL saga. Currently about 50,000 words in.
Werewolves of New London
Lately, I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a Victorian-inspired steampunk with werewolves. Werewolves of New London is my attempt. I know Gail Carriger already wrote a story similar in her Parasol Protectorate series – mine is a little darker with more fantasy and mythological elements, and a modern tone. Currently about 50,000 words into the draft, and Charles Darwin just dropped in on a dirigible. Ah, the joys of being a pantser!
N.A. Fantasy romance. This one’s been kicking around inside my head for a bit now, but still needs work to get it where it needs to be. It focuses on a slave girl trying to escape an inescapable fate, and on the way finds love in an unlikely place. Features lots of fantasy elements; demons, harpies, winged horses, mages. Still drafting.