Subscribe to receive short story A Magical Melody one page a day for ten days.


Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.


Ciara Ballintyne writes adventurous tales that revel in their sense of sheer fun, and IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD takes that to a proper battlefield-sized fantasy. Between the gallant but disgraced general and the priestess of Death And Justice, the tale gives us rampaging undead, the schemes of vast nations and small-minded men, holy powers, true love denied, and the clash of armies. All the good stuff.

This is a solid adventure with more than a bit of everything, all fitted nicely together without turning too intricate or running long. It’s meant to be enjoyed, and it will be.~Ken Hughes

An epic tale of fantasy, death and betrayal... Fascinating characters with complex emotions and interactions. Full of intrigue, gruesome battles, and magic, with an undercurrent of passion and rage. A thrilling introduction to this epic fantasy series!~PJ Lea


  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
  • About Ciara Ballintyne

    " data-mosaic-order-date="2014-08-13 11:16:22">

    About Ciara Ballintyne

    Ciara Ballintyne sings American country music with an Australian accent and is slave to two cats who believe they are gods - but who graciously permit her husband and two daughters to reside with them. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and for her sins has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004.
    Read More
  • Monday Morsels

    I started Monday Morsels and the associated hashtag when I wanted to share snippets of the books I was working on. On Mondays, you can have the opportunity to get a first look at the raw draft of upcoming releases on my blog, Flight of the Dragon. If you're also a writer, find out
    Read More
  • Bonus Content

    Want to know more about the characters and their worlds? Visit here for free bonus content available from time to time, including maps, diagrams, floor plans, wallpapers, screensavers, deleted scenes and other additional content. Check out the map of Idras from the Seven Circles of Hell series!
    Read More


  • Midwest Book Review - IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD +

    D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer at the Midwest Book Review, has a review of In the Company of the Dead in this month's MBR Bookwatch (if you follow the link, press Ctrl+F and type In the Company of the Dead to find the review). Otherwise, here is what she had to say: "In a literary world increasingly dominated by staccato-quick scenes that mimic the haste of films without taking time to build foundations of support, it's a pleasure to see something different within In the Company of the Dead. Some of the most notable fantasy authors create powerful reads with slower beginnings that lead up to a crescendo of gripping action - such as this story, which begins with orphan Ellaeva's desire Read More
  • Evolved Publishing Goes to Supanova 2016 in Sydney +

    Evolved Publishing will be exhibiting at Supanova 2016 in Sydney—come by stand 1615 to visit us! We’re located in the Dome, just follow the wall around to the left as you come in the main entrance. We’ll be offering a selection of speculative fiction books by Evolved authors at prices from 15—45% below retail, including titles by: Barry Metcalf C. L. Roberts-Huth Ciara Ballintyne D. Robert Pease D T Conklin David Litwack Jeff Altabef Lane Diamond Marlin Desault Michael Dadich Here's a couple of the titles that will be available for sale: Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef (45% off retail)-Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can't make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her Read More
  • The Three Isles Tour: Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne +

    With only 55 days to go, I should think it goes without saying that I'm getting excited. It's so close now, I have to sometimes consciously not think about it! All the planning is done, and most of the booking as well, and within a few weeks we'll start paying the rest of what we owe on the accommodation. once that's done, we'll know it's really close.... So here's a tour I'm particularly looking forward to. The Three Isles Tour. It's a day trip of the Inner Hebrides, and since we are not really doing any of the Isles much (except we are spending three days on the Isle of Skye) I thought this was a great opportunity to maximise Read More
  • What If You Lost Your Copyright After 15 Years? (Protecting Copyright Term) #SaveAussieBooks +

    The Australian Productivity Commission has recommended that our government explore ways to reduce the copyright term from life plus 70 years (the current term in the United States) to somewhere between 15 and 25 years from the date of creation. This affects Australian authors most immediately, but will also have a knock-on effect to creatives in other jurisdictions. In the first instance, it means that Australians can lawfully pirate your content after the expiration of copyright period in Australia. While you can still prosecute in your jurisdiction, this is practically difficult if the offender is located in Australia and never leaves. It also means Australians will be able to create derivative content from your content after the expiration of the Read More
  • IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD Gift Card Giveaway +

    To celebrate the release of my dark fantasy romance, I am doing an In the Company of the Dead Gift Card Giveaway! For your chance to win a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card, just visit any of the stops in the book blast tour. Different stops offer different excerpts and reviews as well as the giveaway entry form! - REVIEW Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want. Title: In the Company of the Dead Author: Ciara Ballintyne Series: The Sundered Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6


Looking for advice on writing? Here you'll find a wealth of articles on various aspects of writing to assist you in your journey. If you're looking for an agent or publisher, there's even a section on querying and submissions.

You can also find book reviews, author interviews and some fun activities like the fantasy writer's quiz!