Dagens smakebit kommer fra en bok jeg har hatt stående i bokhylla i flere år (tror jeg; noen ganger har jeg ikke helt oversikt over hvor lenge jeg har hatt bøker, eller hvordan jeg fikk tak i dem…).
Det er debut-boka til Victoria Schwab The Near witch. Jeg starter å lese den i dag, så er spent på hva jeg kommer til å syns om den.
When I was small, the wind sang me lullabies. Lilting, humming, high-pitched things, filling the space around me so that even when all seemed quiet, it wasn’t. This is the wind I have lived with.
But tonight it’s different. As if there’s a new thread of music woven in, lower and sadder than the rest. Our house sits at the northern edge of the village of Near, and beyond the weathered glass the moor rolls away like a spool of fabric; hill after hill of wild grass, dotted by rocks, and a rare river or two. There is no end in sight, and the world seems painted in black and white, crisp and still. A few trees jut out of the earth amid the rocks and weeds, but even in this wind it is all strangely static. Bud I’d swear I saw –
Again something moves.
This time my eyes are keen enought to catch it. At the edge of our yard, the invisible line where the village ends and the moor picks up, a shape moves against the painted night. A shadow twitches and steps forward, catching a slice of moonlight.
I squint, pressing my hands against the cool glass. The shape is a body, but drawn too thin, like the wind is pulling at it, tugging slivers away. The moonlight cuts across the front of the form, over fabric and skin, a throat, a jaw, a cheekbone.
There are noe strangers in the town of Near. I have seen every face a thousand times. But not this one.