Czerneda applied the Page 69 Test to To Guard Against the Dark and reported the following:
From page 69:Visit Julie E. Czerneda's website.The driver dropped to the ground and ran away.When I took up the challenge of checking my own page 69—would it be representative of the whole book, would it entice a reader--I wasn’t sure what I’d find. I’m delighted by what I did.
At first, the passengers seemed too stunned to move, their reactions comical, mouths flapping, arms waving--
Then one fragmented, components scurrying over the sides of the ramp and away—
—as the other two vanished from sight, without taking a single step.
Terk stared. Swallowed, hard. “Got to be a mistake. Problem with the vid.”
“My equipment’s prime--”
“No mistake,” Morgan said heavily. The Assembler? Given the source of the cargo, he’d have been surprised not to find one or more involved. As for the others?
“Don’t take this wrong, Morgan, but I thought the Clan were extinct,” Terk grumbled, as though this shift in his universe was a personal affront. “Thought the Assemblers made them extinct. We were sure.”
“We were wrong.”
The relationship between Jason Morgan, my protagonist, and Russell Terk began in the first book published in the Clan Chronicles series, and there are now nine. Both Human, one driven by a personal code, the other a Trade Pact Enforcer tasked with preventing interspecies strife—and frequently frustrated in his attempts. Both formidable in their way. I’m sure readers of the series appreciated my putting them together as erstwhile partners.
As well, this snip sets up the underlying conflict of the final volume in the series: the Clan shouldn’t be here and what about the Assemblers? (Among my favourite aliens.) To anyone familiar with the series, or only the previous book, The Gate to Futures Past, their appearance is the sound of an alarm.
I do believe I passed the test.