Published by Page Street
Publication Date: January 9th 2018
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Can’t you hear it, Talia?
Can’t you hear the waves singing?
Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.
It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen-Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long-forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods’ history—and her own—the more the waves call to her, and it may be her destiny to answer.
Character Interview with Wendarien Aidar-Holt
In Beneath the Haunting Sea, Talia gets banished to the Ruen-Dahr, a dreary mansion on the edge of the ocean, where she meets the Baron’s son, Wen. He’s a musician and can get a little angsty.
We find Wen in the music room, of course, bleary-eyed behind his spectacles, ink spotting his fingers. He’s sitting at his raina, scribbling notes on staff paper, and looks up with not-at-all-disguised annoyance at being interrupted.
Joanna: What are you working on?
Wendarien: My symphony.
Joanna: The same one you’ve been writing for years? Do you think you’ll ever finish it?
Wendarien: Yes, the same one. I can never seem to get it to sound like it does in my head, but I hope to finish.
Joanna: It’s unfortunate that no one will ever hear it because you threw away your chance to go to University.
Wendarien: Did my father send you here? He knows why I chose not to go, even if he doesn’t believe me, and it’s none of your business. So.
Joanna: Fair enough. What do you think of Talia? We hear you didn’t get off to a very good start.
Wendarien: She surprised me, is all. I wasn’t expecting her.
Joanna: But what’s your impression of her? What’s she like?
Wendarien: She’s strong and sad. She asks too many questions. There’s a strangeness clinging to her—something I don’t quite understand.
Joanna: Tell us about the house, the Ruen-Dahr. It’s epically old, isn’t it?
Wendarien: Centuries old. They say it was built on the very spot where the mythical Tree lay long ago.
Joanna: Do you believe it’s haunted?
Wendarien: It’s filled with memory, and power, but that’s not the same thing.
Joanna: Then why is the door at the top of the tower locked?
Wendarien: Some things are best forgotten, and my father thinks that’s one of them.
Joanna: You don’t agree?
Wendarien: I know the danger of the old stories. Words have power, meaning. But my father locks away things he doesn’t understand instead of trying to see, instead of listening.
Joanna: And you believe the old stories?
Wendarien: Like I said, words have power. People shouldn’t dismiss the myths out of hand.
Joanna: What do you plan on doing with your life, since you won’t be attending University?
Wendarien: Would you stop going on about that? I’ll live here, in the Ruen-Dahr, until… until I get married. Then I’ll retire to my holding and play music for the sheep, I suppose.
Joanna: And Talia?
Wendarien: Talia’s life is her own. She has nothing to do with me.
Joanna: If you say so. One last question: if you could go anywhere in the world, see or do anything at all, what would it be?
Wendarien: I’d go to Halda, climb the tallest mountain peak, and listen to the wind. They say it sings the music of the old days. I want to hear it.
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