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Oval Track Ground 2021
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The sun rises early and soon rivals my light – still on, where I’ve woken up again with the taste of a story on my tongue. My eyes rove the ceiling, but instead of intersecting lines and an off-center light fixture, images of new worlds encompass the white space. And along with it, the itch to write it all down.

“I’ll remember after this nap.” I tell myself. I lie to myself.

A whole year passes.

2021 rises early and soon rivals the light still on in my mind. I’ve woken up to the bitter-sweet aftertaste of a mental siesta letting worlds pass without a voice or an echo to remember them by. The itch has grown to a rabid gnawing that encompasses all blank spaces with new worlds crying to be loosened. The author, trapped but never forgotten, begs to write once again.

There are no lies to tell myself now. Sleep will be but a necessary reminder.

I can no longer bury the voices.

Book Recommendation – Currently Reading

Taking place hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians’ Guild, The Magician’s Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The hours are long and the work arduous, but soon and exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants – and, to Tessia’s delight – regular trips to the great city of Imardin.

However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.

A friend of mine once recommended Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician trilogy, which led to me picking up this Prologue trilogy. At the moment, I’m reading the final section of the first book, The Magician’s Apprentice. To be honest, I’m having a love/hate relationship with the book but I’ll leave further comments to the review.


About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

4 responses »

  1. Excellent review. And, your opening is some kind of fine! Lovely writing, Hon.

  2. Happy new year, brother!


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