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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.


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    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.
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  • 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
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    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!
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  • Are You the Chosen of the Death Goddess? #ITCOTD Personality Quiz +

    To celebrate the upcoming release of In the Company of the Dead on April 25, I have created a new personality quiz to introduce you to the gods of this new world. So...are you the chosen of the death goddess? Play to find out! Are you the chosen of the death goddess?Find out which god is your patron in the world of IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD.Chalon, god of life, love and mercyThese are the most loving and merciful of all people, with room in their heart for all. They are very accepting of people’s differences and unlikely to have prejudices. They can sometimes be indecisive, usually from fear of upsetting someone. Wanting to make everyone happy can make Read More
  • The Old Man of Storr and the Fairies: Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne +

    174 days! 174 days! In less than 6 months, I’m going back to Scotland! Yes, yes, I am excited. Very excited. Here’s some of the things on our itinerary while on the Isle of Skye. Old Man of Storr The Storr is a rocky ridge, and its easternmost face previously suffered a landslip which resulted in a series of spires and pinnacles. The Old Man is the tallest and most distinctive of these spires and can be seen for miles around. It is 50 metres high and described as ‘pot-bellied’, and has only been scaled a handful of times since the first time in 1955. The summit of the Storr has an altitude of 719m and is the highest point Read More
  • Stalking the Demon On Net Galley +

    Until 31 January, Stalking the Demon is available on NetGalley—if you’re a member there, look it up to request your free copy. About Stalking the Demon Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand and risked his life and soul to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend. Despite saving the city from a demon, the council of wizards punished him severely for practising banned magic. Now he learns his desperate attempt to banish the demon threatens to send the whole world to hell. To unravel the damage, Alloran is forced to dabble in taboo hell magic, and must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear. This is also your last chance to sign-up Read More
  • Are You The Chosen of the Death Goddess? +

    New Year, new book, new bonus content! First cab off the rank is a brand new quiz to celebrate the upcoming release of my new full-length fantasy novel In the Company of the Dead. Are you the chosen of the death goddess? To find out subscribe to the newsletter (top right of this page), as this will be subscriber only exclusive content until closer to the April release date—although of course my subscribers may choose to share their results around the web themselves, and that’s fine, but you won’t find it on my website for some time yet. To find out what it means to be the chosen of the death goddess, make sure you read the book! Subscribers will Read More
  • Am I Sarene from Brandon Sanderson's ELANTRIS? +

    Never before have I been struck by a character so much like me. Sure, I frequently see characters I can relate to, particularly INTJ characters making hard and distasteful decisions, but not much beyond that. I’ve never had a character resonate with me to the extent where I almost could have been looking in a mirror. Sarene is a woman who, though a king’s daughter, has been made unmarriageable by her own strength of character. Now before I go on, I should qualify by saying I am married, but that dating was never easy for me. I was even advised once or twice to ‘tone’ myself ‘down’ on first dates – advice I find completely counter-intuitive, because if someone doesn’t like Read More
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