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 slaughtered 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 after the murder of his wife.

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.


“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… Much like the acclaimed fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss’s productions, In the Company of the Dead evolves slowly for the first few chapters… perfect for the fantasy fan seeking depth, who appreciates a slow build-up before the fiery action begins. Such an audience will find this perfectly fits the definition of an epic saga: sweeping, complex, and ultimately engrossing.” ~ D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Ballintyne’s deep characterizations make you feel for the people she’s created, root for their endeavors, and gasp at their tribulations… The prose is wonderfully evocative and the plot has good twists and is well-paced; the story doesn’t take too much time to unfold, but doesn’t hurtle too quickly to the end either. In the Company of the Dead is an engrossing read, a good choice for fantasy fans who like a meaty storyline.” ~ Readers’ Favorite

"If you're a fan of epic fantasy with a romantic twist along the lines of Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, I think you'll enjoy this book quite a lot. Loaded with characters, action, magic, deception, murder, and (my personal favorite fantasy component) an evil Necromancer, this book is quite the thick read, filled with characters that make the book seem real...I definitely see this as a book that the more you read it, the more you'll glean from it. Ballintyne does a great job at creating quite the epic world and I know things are going to get deeper and more action-packed once this series is complete. If you're looking for a hefty, deep, complex fantasy novel, definitely check this book out." ~ Nebula of Books


  • 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


  • Monday Morsel: A Battle Priestess Can Have No Friends - an excerpt from ON THE EDGE OF DEATH +

    Welcome back to my Monday Morsels feature! We've been on hiatus for some time, while I've been working on the first draft of On the Edge of Death. Now it's in revisions and soon to go to the editor, so I'll be sharing some snippets with you every Monday from now until release day. To start with, here is the opening paragraph. Monday Morsel A Battle Priestess of the death goddess wasn’t supposed to have friends, family or lovers, and Ellaeva was learning first-hand why not. Blood ran over the stones of the ravine’s floor, flooding the tiny stream and distorting the dark reflection of the forest canopy. Ellaeva skidded down the rocky slope, shale slipping beneath her feet and Read More
  • Our Less Than Perfect Arrival in the UK: Day 1 of Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne +

    So our arrival didn’t go quite as expected… I had all these plans about landing at 7:30am, being at the hotel by 10am, and out sightseeing by 10:30am—and none of it happened. Our plane was almost two hours late. This was courtesy of the group of thirty people travelling on a group visa—and one of them was, I don’t know, on the no fly list, or not allowed to enter the UK, or something? Apparently this is a thing. I don’t know much about it, but I know I’ll never travel on a group visa. If one of you isn’t allowed, none of you are. So they wouldn’t let them board, but of course all their bags were already loaded. 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
  • 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!