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IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

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.

Praise for IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

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

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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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  • 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!
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LATEST BLOG POSTS

  • 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! http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne.html http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2016/05/05-blurb-blitz-giveaway-in-the-company-of-the-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne-GF.html http://elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead.html http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2016/05/book-blast-tour-for-in-company-of-dead.html https://jaceyholbrand.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/only-a-fool-would-split-hairs-with-a-god-epicfantasy-romance-ciaraballintyne-goddessfish/ http://bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/tour-company-dead.html http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/2016/05/super-book-blast-giveaway-in-company-of.html http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/2016/05/blog-tour-in-company-of-dead-by-ciara.html http://www.chocomeiske.com/2016/05/05/book-blast-company-dead/ http://edgarbooks.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne.html https://mamareniazen.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/inthecompanyofthedead-book-blast-ciaraballintyne-epicfantasy-romance-review-and-giveaway/ - REVIEW http://nancyg1950.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead-epic-fantasy-romance.html https://www.facebook.com/naturalbripage/posts/1071719599533837REVIEW http://readeropolis.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead-by-ciaraballintyne.html http://therobyn.blogspot.com/2016/05/author-thursday-book-blast-in-company.html http://romancenovelgiveaways.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne.html https://aroundtheworldinbooksblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/book-blast-in-the-company-of-the-dead/ http://solafidepublishing.net/spotlight-on-in-the-company-of-the-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne/ http://www.starangelsreviews.com/2016/05/book-blitz-in-company-of-dead-by-ciara.html http://stormynightbloginandreviwing.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-company-of-dead-giveaway.html http://stormyvixen.booklikes.com/post/1395186/inthecompanyofthedeadblast http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/2016/05/super-book-blast-for-in-company-of-dead.html http://www.sharonlipman.com/blogs/post/IntheCompanyoftheDead http://www.thesnarkology.com/2016/05/05/in-the-company-of-the-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne-goddessfish-fantasy-romance/ http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/in-company-of-the-dead-by-ciara-ballintyne-spotlight-and-giveaway/ http://usbrazilbookreview.blogspot.com/2016/05/grabby-hands-promo-post-with-giveaway_5.html http://galestanley.blogspot.com/2016/05/book-blast-in-company-of-dead-by-ciara.html http://www.eyesandbooks.com/blog-tour.html http://recipe-fairy.weebly.com/book-blitzes/in-the-company-of-the-dead-book-blast-and-giveaway 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
  • What Is the Solution to Ebook Pricing? +

    What is the solution to ebook pricing, given the downward pricing spiral writers have pushed themselves into? The History This is not a new discussion. In fact, it’s so old it almost bores me, but finally, after shouting from rooftops and mostly hearing only my own echoes, it seems like the whole industry is talking about the pricing problem. Those who wouldn’t pay more than 99c; and Those who considered a 99c book wasn’t worth their time. Then we saw the beginning of the permafree book, and all the while I and a few other writers with some foresight were shouting on mostly deaf ears that we were devaluing our own industry. Recognition of the Problem Some ears are still Read More
  • NEW RELEASE Ciara Ballintyne's Fantasy "In the Company of the Dead" +

    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 Oath #1 Genre: Epic Fantasy/Fantasy Romance 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 Read More
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