Monday, October 11, 2021

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Society of the Watchers by Scott Keen

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
The Society of the Watchers
(Kilhaven #1)
By Scott Keen
Mystery, Middle Grade Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 227 Pages
July 24, 2021 by Scott Keen Books

The beasts came and destroyed our world. Kilhaven's founders defended themselves, and for the past 150 years, the walls of this small village, where Jarvis Graye lives, have kept them out. This fall, though, something feels different. 13 year-old Jarvis is living his usual life, dreading school, cleaning up after pigeons at his courier apprenticeship, and trying not to humiliate himself in archery class. At least he’s got his best friend, and there's even an interesting new girl around. But... the strange noises, the dead deer, now the missing boy – the clues are there that something sinister is afoot. Jarvis suspects his weird neighbor is to blame. But first, he must find proof. With Jarvis’s life and the safety of the village on the line, he and his friends race to uncover the truth and stop the one who is behind it all.

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It was the witching hour. Thirteen-year old Jarvis Graye ran as fast as he could through the forest. The shadowed rabbit zigzagged ahead of him, leaping off the ground in bursts of soft thuds. Jarvis scrambled after it, panting, trying his best to keep up, but the animal was too quick. It leapt over downed logs and darted through bushes. From the way it ran, Jarvis knew the animal feared for its life, though it didn’t need to. Jarvis wasn’t going to kill it, or even hurt it – he just wanted to catch it and make it back to the fort. He could see the animal slice through the silver rays of moonlight that cut through the dark branches overhead.

Looking up, Jarvis saw the silhouetted, stone wall in the distance – the one that surrounded both preserve and village. It loomed around thirty feet in the air. Jarvis surmised this was where the rabbit headed as the animal bounded across the ground. The wall approached quickly with every one of Jarvis’s strides.

He could see the rabbit’s hind legs, but just barely. It was too fast. Jarvis was losing it. He had one chance, and one chance alone. Stretching out his arms, Jarvis dove and… CRACK!... landed on a branch.

“Oww!” Jarvis moaned.

He rolled over and pulled the branch from his shirt. The end of it had definitely pierced skin. Jarvis lifted up his shirt and tried to look at his wound in the moonlight. It was still too dark to see. Rubbing his stomach, Jarvis slowly rose to his feet, walked over to the wall, and placed his hands against the cold, jagged slab of mortar and stone. Now that he had stopped running and was standing in the midst of an eerily quiet forest, alone in the middle of the night, he no longer felt brave. He could almost taste the fear as it rose from his stomach and lingered in the back of his throat like a horrible, gassy burp.

Excerpted from The Society of the Watchers by Scott Keen, Copyright © 2021 by Scott Keen. Published by Scott Keen Books.

About the Author

Scott Keen is married and has five daughters. He graduated in 2006 with a Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting. He is also the author of three young adult novels: Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King. He currently lives in New York.

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