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When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne—a traveler from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by language and customs, the two are united by catastrophe. Slowly, they are joined by other refugees. And as they struggle to protect the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.
amendment your wonderful pun will be an absolute hoot in ecclesiastical circles.” “I notice you didn’t laugh, Mr. Black!” “No, Your Majesty. We are forbidden to laugh at the things kings say, sire, because otherwise we would be at it all day.” “Well, at least there is one thing I can do,” said the king, walking over to Mau. “Sir, I would be honored if you will join my Empire. Not many people get a choice, I might add.” “Thank you, King,” said Mau, “but we—” He stopped, and turned to Pilu for
Mau. “Yes. Quite a big one, as I recall.” “But you might have been eaten!” “Oh, I’m not bad with a spear, and I had to find out,” said Nawi, grinning. “Someone had to eat the first oyster, you know. Someone looked at half a shell full of snot and was brave.” “Why doesn’t everybody know?” Nawi’s permanent smile turned down a little. “I’m a bit strange, yes? And the priests don’t like me much. If I told everyone, and someone died, I think things would be very tricky for me. But someone should
glass by singing at it? That sounded very promising, especially when you knew that only women were supposed to make beer and they, of course, had higher voices! The Demon Drink stared back at her, rather smugly in her view. Go on, it seem to say, impress me. “I’m not sure I know all the words to this one,” she said, and realized that she had just apologized to a drink. That was the trouble with being brought up in a polite household. She cleared her throat. “Once my father took me to the music
from island to island, people said, but it was always a rumor. On the other hand, if you had seen the Raiders, then they had seen you…. There was a slight grayness to the air now, not really light but the ghost of it. It would get stronger, and the sun would come up and maybe the horizon would be black with canoes, and maybe it wouldn’t. Inside Mau’s head there was one bright memory. There was the ghost girl, looking silly in the grass skirt, and there was him, looking even sillier in the
“What’s this?” she demanded. “You can’t stop him from walking around in his own country! What’s in that tube? It’s a flag, isn’t it? You brought a flag! And guns!” “We didn’t know what we were going to find, dear,” said her father, taken aback. “After all, there are cannon up there.” “Well, all right, yes,” muttered Daphne, stumbling over her own anger. “They’re just for show.” The rage flamed up again. “But those guns aren’t! Put them down!” His Excellency nodded at the men, who put their