The Chimera’s island is a refuge for desperate girls, who bind themselves to a curse in exchange for sanctuary. Siggi has trained as the Chimera’s warrior daughter so that she may fulfill her oath: free her monster-guardian from the island or transform into a living skeleton, like the girls who came before her. But Siggi dreams of revenge against the raiders who destroyed her village and forced her to seek refuge. To save herself and her bone sisters, Siggi must unravel a web of secrets about the Chimera and the raiders, before the curse claims her too.
SAWKILL GIRLS meets THE WITCHER.
My sisters have no lips, no lungs, no hearts. No way to scream or catch my attention, except for the clacking of their bones, the clatter as they move as a flock across the hall.
Today they echo loud, calling me to witness, to share. My heart sinks, and I drop my training sword and shield. Slipping out of my small bedroom, I’m greeted by two skeleton girls.
“Where is she?” I ask, but they don’t answer. They never do. The skeletons only fall in line behind me as I follow the noise toward the main hall. They grow in number the closer I get to the central palace, dozens of girls made of bone trailing at my heels.
I’ve never counted the skeletons roaming the corridors of the Chimera’s palace. They’re numerous as the shining scales on Dragon’s long neck, or the motes of light dancing in Goat’s eyes. Today hundreds of them ring the room, an audience standing in a circle at the base of the monster’s throne.
I push my way through the crowd, the bone girls easing away from me like seaweed, to confirm the truth that grows in my heart.