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Wind Raker character game

Since Wind Raker (in ebook) will be out soon and it's already out in paperback, it's time for the character game! Name a character and I'll give you a short preview of what they're up to in Wind Raker!

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angelsallfire
Feb. 3rd, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
My man Mitch, please!
jo_graham
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Mitch it is, in one of the rituals in the book, the largest he's been to. (I am deeply grateful to the memoirs of Ruth Ellen Totten for the form and some of the actual wording of this ritual. The wording is from a blessing performed in 1936 rather than 1935, but the actual ritual included some of the same real people as in Wind Raker.)

The older woman who had been talking to Jerry stepped forward. "Oh Io, Oh Io! Thy servant calls Thee to the very housetops. Thou art Iolani, the eyes of gracious eternity!"

There was a response, the voices of the other women rising in song. The drums grew louder, three or four more instruments joining the heartbeat. Mitch saw with some surprise that one of them was Jerry's, his face intent as he matched the beat.

"Father of those who harken, of we humans who think and are fruitful, Father whose eyes are everywhere, have mercy on Thy children!" The woman's voice rose above the drums.

The singers replied, the drums louder still.

Stasi shifted, her hand tightening on his, and Mitch looked sideways at her. Her eyes were defocused and wide. "There are others here," she whispered. "The Dead have come to dance."

A chill ran down his spine. And yet there was nothing to see, nothing he could see besides the older woman beginning to sway. It was nothing like the dance the girls had performed when the steamer came into port, slow and careful, her feet barely moving on the damp sand, her back straight. Her hips moved, her arms moved, both with a grace that belied her age.

This was what it must have looked like on so many beaches since the world began, Mitch thought, in so many now deserted temples. This was the dance of birth. This was the dance of waves on the shore, of rain on trees. The other three women standing joined her, Dr. Buck having stepped entirely aside. One of them was Beatrice. Her flowered white summer dress ought to be incongruous, but it wasn't. Each step was decorous, and yet it made his blood sing.

"Will you?" The man to his left held out a small drum.

"Yes," Mitch said. There were more drums now, eight or ten, some keeping worse time than he would, the power growing with each addition. A heartbeat. A drum beat. He looked across at Jerry, the sharp lines of his face suffused with joy, and he tried to follow Jerry's movements. Beside Jerry Alma met his eyes, her cheeks flushed.

The other three women were coming forward now, and with a smile Bea reached out a hand to draw Stasi to her feet, still keeping the rhythm with feet and hips.

"I don't know the dance," Stasi said.

"It's all one dance," Bea said, and Stasi took her hand, rising from the wet sand which stuck to her bare feet.

Heartbeat. Heartbeat. All the women were standing now, dancing with more or less skill but no less beauty, turning and turning about each other in improvised figures. Alma rotated slowly, the torchlight turning her light colored dress to blood. Stasi turned next to Beatrice like her shadow, black dress and white, revolving around and around each other like life and death entwined.
angelsallfire
Feb. 4th, 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
Lovely...gave me chills of the best kind :) Thank you.
geonncannon
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I've read the book, so I know what everyone was up to... so I'll ask... what's Iskinder up to? When will he pop up again?

(It's never easy with me, I know :D)
jo_graham
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
Well then, as you know Iskinder isn't in Wind Raker. He'll be back in the next book after that, Oath Bound, and will have a major part. In many ways, he's what gets the plot going in Oath Bound. I love Iskinder, and it was wonderful to get to write him at length. (Interestingly, his part in Oath Bound was one of the things we knew before we began Lost Things. Which is why he's mentioned in Lost Things though he didn't appear for two more books.)
geonncannon
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
Right, but I meant what was he up to out wherever he was while Our Heroes were looking for the navel of the world. ;D
jo_graham
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
He had gone home to Ethiopia and was involved in various business and government functions. A few months after this, on October 3, he will be called out as a reservist when the Italian army invades Ethiopia.
geonncannon
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, interesting! :D
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