This 5000-word short story introduces Nicola as a young girl, new to magic and unfamiliar with her potential. A woman brings a strange creature to Nicola's father, the local veterinarian. That injured animal--Nicola's first encounter with a chupacabra--leads her into a larger world of magical poachers, supernatural creatures, and danger.
It also offers the possibility of a life-changing friendship. Assuming Nicola survives.
The story is set approximately twenty years before the events of Libriomancer.
|Publisher:||Jim C. Hines|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||19 KB|
About the Author
Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest.
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Chupacabra’s Song is a prequel in the Magic Ex Libris series by American author, Jim C. Hines. It is set twenty years before Libriomancer. Fourteen-year-old Nicola Pallas is helping out in her father’s vet surgery when Mrs Boucher brings in an injured animal. At first it looks like a Labrador, but then Nicola sees the spines, the narrow, flattened head and the long teeth. Not a dog. But whatever it was, it had Nicola’s magic singing. Then Frank and Martin turned up, her father and Mrs B were unconscious, and they had the creature in their SUV. A Chupacabra, they said. Nicola went along. They were after the rest of the pack. But when she understood what they intended, her rage at their cruelty gave her magic a power she had never before experienced. This short story is an excellent introduction to Nicola’s magic and how she came to breed chupacabras.