In Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight, the monstrous chimaera have managed to survive their long war with the angels by creating new bodies for their dead soldiers’ souls. Fantastical bodies, made up of various animal parts—a tiger with bull horns. An ape with the legs of a cheetah. A man with the strong legs of a white wolf. The resurrected soldiers are known as revenants.
To create the body, a resurrectionist must string together a necklace of teeth. Each tooth conjures up a body part. Other objects are added—gems, beads, metals—to give the revenant certain characteristics. Heavy iron filings give a body size and heft. Jade, grace. Diamonds, beauty and strength.
Your challenge: Create your own revenant.
Come up with a list of 4-7 objects. In 150 words or less, describe the body it would conjure.
Use these items for inspiration, but feel free to come up with your own!
wolf tooth shark tooth tiger tooth bear tooth crocodile tooth human tooth
elephant tusk ruby copper coin strip of leather lump of coal gold ingot
child’s marble chip of granite from a beautiful statue
One grand-prize winner will receive copies of Days of Blood and Starlight and Daughter of Smoke and Bone (the first book in Laini Taylor‘s trilogy), plus Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures. Three runners-up will each receive copies of Days of Blood and Starlight and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with KarouWorkshop on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
You have until 11.59pm ET on Sunday, November 25 to enter! Figment editors will choose the winners.
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