Taniwha's Tear (Aotearoa, Book 2)

By David Hair

David Hair's wonderful first booklet demonstrated a brand new style we've got selected to name Maori Gothic - weaving jointly parts of myth, horror and Maori and Celtic mythology for younger readers who benefit from the resourceful leaps and thrills of speculative fiction.

The combine works brilliantly; The Bone Tiki[/b] not just appealed to more youthful readers, yet was once loved through an grownup viewers in addition. [i]The Taniwha's Tear keeps the tale, so that it will be accomplished in a 3rd novel - The misplaced Tohunga.

When Puarata, a tohunga makutu or black magician, seeks to catch and control the soul of Wiri, a tender warrior, he fails to account for a chance that may come a long time later, whilst a boy is born who combines the strengths of 2 historical mythologies - Maori and Celtic. Matiu Douglas faces and defeats him within the first novel, however the forces unleashed by way of Puarata continue to exist his destruction and once more Mat and Wiri needs to conflict them throughout time and among the parallel worlds of recent New Zealand and undying Aotearoa. Compelling, action-packed myth horror with a creepily regular neighborhood environment that might problem and captivate.

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Males dwelt there too, in small numbers, a number of hapu of the Tuhoe, the youngsters of the Mist. They have been hunters, because the floor used to be bad, and lived a wild lifestyles, faraway from the nice tribes of the coastlands. yet there has been a few team spirit, and their leader used to be Maahu. His spouse used to be Kauariki, they usually had many kids, seven in all. The eldest and wildest used to be Haumapuhia, a girl-child whose legs have been lengthy and lithe, and her hair a tangle of middle of the night. almost about where the place Maahu and his kin dwelt, at the southwest aspect of the valley, was once a circulation that used to be sacred to the folk, referred to as the Waikotikoti. One afternoon, Maahu wanted water from the flow, and known as Haumapuhia to fetch water. yet Hau used to be a contentious baby and he or she refused to obey her father. Maahu was once very indignant, yet with all others away, he had no recourse yet to visit the circulation himself, the place he brooded for hours upon the disobedience of his daughter. eventually he heard flow, one other bobbing up the path to the circulate. Lo, it was once Haumapuhia, eventually deigning to obey. yet Maahu was once nonetheless wrathful, and vengeful too. He used to be a first-rate and not forgave a mild, even from kin. So whilst Haumapuhia got here, he sprang upon his daughter, and bore her down, conserving her head less than the water until eventually his baby used to be drowned. He swears he by no means intended to kill her, that he misplaced keep an eye on. might be that's real. All i do know is that he left her physique there, dead within the sacred movement. That evening a metamorphosis came about. Haumapuhia’s useless epidermis mottled, the lungs packed with water stirred, and the center back started to beat. The face grew to become scaled and the mouth choked with huge enamel, and the lengthy lustrous hair a tangle of weeds. Haumapuhia turned a taniwha! approximately her, the youngsters quivered excitedly, and the youngest boy went to talk, however the outdated girl placed a fingertip to the child’s lips to silence him. Mat felt unusually chilly regardless of the daylight and warmth. The sounds of the site visitors appeared to have pale away, and he was once unexpectedly afraid that if he took his eyes from the outdated storyteller, town may have vanished at the back of him. Later that evening, underneath the gleaming moon, Haumapuhia the taniwha rose, giant and unwieldy, and crawled down the flow into the valley, the place the waters of the streams that flowed into the valley have been misplaced in sinkholes and tiny caves. All in regards to the taniwha have been the towering bushes of the valley, bounded via excessive hills. The taniwha shouldered apart timber as she went, for she had grown as massive as a whare, and enhanced than 100 warriors. yet there has been whatever that used to be stronger—the name of the ocean. in the course of the silence of the evening got here a wind from the coast, bearing the pounding of waves at the shore and the lonely night-time calls of sleepless gulls to her ears. the ocean calls to all taniwha, and they're by no means at leisure except they could swim in waters deep. So Haumapuhia strove to discover the ocean, notwithstanding she had by no means been there, and didn't know how. First the taniwha became north, and ploughed nice furrows into the Huiarau diversity, however the mountains defeated even the energy of the taniwha.

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