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Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend, Ladanyon. Despite saving the city from a demon, his reputation remains tarnished, and the council of wizards has penalised him severely for the practise of banned magic.

Now he learns his desperate efforts to stop Ladanyon led more to damnation than salvation. Finding a solution compels him to breach his sanctions and venture into forbidden places at risk of his life and freedom.

Alloran must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.


"I really liked the first book, and this sequel is a great follow-up. The descent into the hell realm is exciting, better even than the climax of the first book, when hell makes an appearance in Alloran's world. I love the tentacled first-realm demons, very kraken meets Lovecraftian Old Ones." ~ Samantha Sabovitch

"Awesome conflict on every page. Tons of surprises too. Great ending! This is a fast read, but the setting and characterization is rich and deep and I fell into the story in a way I didn't expect." ~ J.

"Stalking the Demon was quick and intricate, but slow and methodical at the same time. I found myself constantly trying to figure out what would happen next, and was usually wrong. There was a great amount of action and suspense that really grabbed me and kept me reading until the end." ~ Joe Slonaker


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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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  • The Basket-Hilted Broadsword: Medieval Weaponry and Accoutrements +

    Admiral Sir Thomas Allin - Allin's sword hangs on a heavy baldric of the type needed for a basket-hilted broadswordBasket-hilted broadswords were characterised by a basket-shaped handguard – surprise surprise! The rapier is one of the most commonly known basket-hilted swords, but the broadsword was the version in military use, while the rapier was worn over civilian dress. The broadsword was “broad” by contrast with the rapier, and as a military weapon was suited to cut-and-thrust fighting, as compared to the thrust-oriented rapier. The broadsword was the double-edged version of the weapon (gaelic: claidheamh leathann), while the backsword was the single-edged version (Gaelic: claidheamh cùil), and neither term is contemporary to the sword itself. The weapon was typically around 95 – 105cm in Read More
  • Ken Hughes Interviews Ciara Ballintyne: Epic Fantasy Gives Me Hope +

    This week author Ken Hughes interviewed me on his blog. Ken is an insightful writer in his own right who provides many a stimulating conversation about the finer points of writing, and we sat down to talk about what epic fantasy means to me and the dark deeds people are capable of when put under pressure. Check out the full interview. Read More
  • Monday Morsel: What Price A Lie? - an excerpt from IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD +

    Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature, where I share short excerpts from the first draft of whatever I’m working on - currently my adult epic fantasy, In the Company of the Dead, which is undergoing its first round of revisions. * * * She thought last time that he was searching her room, and been wrong. What if this time… Before she completed the thought, she spun on her heel and ran up the steps, the flames of the torches flickering in the breeze of her passing. She ran straight past the ground level exit and kept going to the first floor. At the top, she threw open her door. An empty, silent room met her gaze. She hovered on the threshold, caught between Read More
  • The River Styx and Charon: The Mythology Series +

    I’ve always liked the myth of the River Styx. I’m not sure why. The River Styx, according to the ancient Greeks, separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. It wound around Hades, which is the Greek name for the ‘underworld’. It wasn’t really synonomous with ‘hell’, which is a place of punishment. Hades was more a place of waiting. Supposedly the Styx wound around it nine times. Styx meant ‘the river of hate’. Other rivers also separated Hades from the world of the living, being Acheron, river of woe, Cocytus, river of lamentation, Phlegethon, river of fire, and Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. As you can see, it was a thoroughly happy place. Souls could Read More
  • Edinburgh: Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne +

    Of course in our trip to Scotland, we simply must stop at the capital. Edinburgh Castle Hubby and I saw Edinburgh Castle last trip, but I’m sure Dad will want to see it and I’d like to take the kids. The castle was constructed over the better part of a millennium, with St Margaret's Chapel dating back to the 12th century, the Great Hall to 1510, when it was erected by James IV, the Half Moon Battery was erected by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century, and the Scottish National War Memorial was built as recently as after the First World War! If you visit the castle, you can see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland. There are Read More
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