Mentee Name: Elly Takaki
Title: THE FROST KING
Category: Young Adult
Word Count: 80,000
Ruby is one of the last Firebloods in a land ruled by Frost. To save the kingdom from an ancient curse, she must ally with her enemies, control the Fire within her, and sacrifice the boy she loves.
Ice cracked like the breaking of bones.
Frost swept the prison in a white wave, crusting over stone walls and insinuating itself into cracks and keyholes. It spilled across the floor and hardened into glittering sheets that stopped inches away, leaving me huddled on an island of bare stone.
Booted feet scraped to a halt outside my cell. A hooded figure hulked there, lit by a torch on the wall behind.
My spine tightened, fine hairs rising against my neck. But executioners did not smell of oiled leather and soap. Nor did guards.
A smaller hooded shape joined the first, leaning on a walking stick that tapped with each step.
“And you think this is the one?” His voice was pitched low, his accent high-born.
“Look,” said the taller figure, his voice deeper, more vigorous. “See how the ice refuses to touch her?”
He sucked in a breath and blew it out with force. The water in the air turned to ice and fell over me in tiny pellets that steamed back into vapor as they touched my skin. I stiffened and bit off a moan, unwilling to add to their sport. Watching me steam was one of the guards’ favorite tricks.
“Sit up, little one,” the shorter figure said, tapping the bars with his stick as if knocking at my door.
I remained still, the silence shattered by a low moan from another cell.
“Do as he says,” said the lower voice, “or I will find a bucket of water and then we’ll see how you shiver.”