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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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    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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  • 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
  • Top 5 Major Discworld Characters +

    I love the Discworld books. Always a good rollicking romp, and sometimes a welcome relief from the intensity of ‘the world is ending’ in other fantasy. I like to read Discworld between The Wheel of Time and The Sword of Truth and all the other books filled with intense heroics and life-changing events. Which is not to say the Discworld books don’t tackle serious issues, because they do, but in a comedic way that allows them to get away with it, and in a way that is nevertheless entertaining. So here are my top five major Discworld characters. 5. Vetinari Is this an odd choice? And if it is, do I like Vetinari because I’m like Vetinari? Or at least, Read More
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    OK, maybe not everyone. Not me. But a great many people. And perhaps hate is too strong a word – maybe really really dislike? I only recently caught up on Doctor Who, and I was way behind (waaaaay behind, as in, I was only at the second season this time last year) so I’d already heard all the bad press Peter Capaldi got and prepared myself to dislike him. And then….I didn’t. So then I started to wonder why. And then, as I started to like the twelfth Doctor even more, I wondered…. Is he me? Is he an INTJ? I’m not very good at working out people’s MBTI. But I have gotten increasingly good at spotting characters who are INTJs Read More
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    The Way of Kings is littered with intellectual ideas – a fact I missed the first time I read it, presumably because I was too distracted by the story. That is, itself, a good thing, as it means the story is gripping. But on a second read, I felt those included intellectual thoughts were telling me as much about the author as the story. I’ve probably forgotten some, but here are a few I spotted: Atheism, the arguments for and against it, and particularly the tendency of some to not understand how one can even be an atheist; The atheist’s wager – the notion that if one lives a good life, god will forgive you your disbelief, and if he doesn’t, then Read More
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    Do you love epic fantasy? If so, I'm giving you the chance to join my review team. In return for agreeing to write an honest, critical review, I will provide team members with the opportunity to receive advance copies of my books. Signing up to the team serves as a permanent expression of your interest in each new book, so you don't need to sign up each time I have a new release. If you've not read my work before, I write epic fantasy aimed at adults, but which has been equally enjoyed by teenagers and readers of the paranormal genre. You can always subscribe to my newsletter and check out some of my work for free. The next book Read More
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