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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

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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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    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
  • The Shannara Chronicles Ruined the Book +

    Well, not everyone thinks so. But the split seems to be that readers of the book hate it, and those who haven’t read it don’t mind it. Just like Legend of the Seeker. Not like Game of Thrones. With Game of Thrones, not only do readers and non-readers alike love it, but a great many readers like the TV series better. So what’s the difference? Staying true to the story. Although Game of Thrones has been embellished, at the heart of it, it remains true to GRRM’s plot. It is an excellent adaptation of the books. The Shannara Chronicles is more… ‘inspired by’ The Elfstones of Shannara than it is an on-screen adaptation. Oh, how can I list the ways in Read More
  • IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD hits Top 100 on iBooks on Release Day +

    In the Company of the Dead hit the top 100 list for fantasy and sci-fi on iBooks Australia on its early release date! I'm so excited. That's me, in number 63! (far right, in the middle row). If you pre-ordered, thank you! If you haven't bought the book, and you're an Apple user, and you want it--it's now live on iBooks worldwide for you to purchase and start reading immediately. If you're not an Apple user, hang tight--the book will be available widely on April 25 when the Apple exclusive ends. If you'd like to support the book by spreading the word on it's release date, please follow this link to sign-up to my Thunderclap campaign using Twitter, Facebook or Read More
  • How To Pronounce Aut Agere Aut Mori: Crazy Things I Learned Researching Books +

    OK, I stuffed up. So the kingdom of Ahlleyn in my upcoming release, In the Company of the Dead, is loosely inspired by Gaelic and Scottish culture. I say ‘loosely’ because I’ve essentially used those elements that appealed to me and ignored everything else with no attempt at authenticity. It is more ‘Scottish-flavoured’ than anything else. So I’ve just finished the book, and one of the last things I had to do was build a glossary. Now, I have no idea how to pronounce the Gaelic words I’d used (that’s GALL-ICK in the Scottish form, not GAY-LICK as in the Irish form) so I had to spend some time looking up pronunciations. It took a few hours intensive study, but Read More
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