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.

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Relief filled her as she lifted the sword into her lap, and she ran her hands up and down the length of it.

No, wait. She probed the hilt with her fingers, making out the shape of the dragon coiled around the hilt. This wasn’t her holy blade, but Lyram’s clan blade.

The relief died, and not only because she still didn’t have her own sword back. Lyram was fiercely protective of the clan sword, and she’d never seen him without it, saving the time they had fought in the practice yard. Even then it had been within eyeshot and relatively easy reach.

Why would he abandon it now?

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More about In the Company of the Dead

Man Leaving castle MM

Lyram already crossed a prince – now he finds himself on the brink of crossing a god.

Son of a duke and second in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after assaulting the crown prince. When a hostile army arrives to besiege the castle, he believes the prince wants him removed – permanently.

As though answering their prayers, the Battle Priestess of the death goddess, arrives unexpectedly. But she has not come to break the siege. Instead, she’s pursuing a priest of the evil god of decay. When misfortune after misfortune befalls the beleaguered defenders, Lyram realises the priest is hidden within the walls, sabotaging the very defence.

Against the backdrop of clashing gods, Lyram must fight to save himself from the political machinations of his prince, and the dread plans of an evil priest. But as the siege lengthens, he realises the greatest threat may come from another quarter — a woman sworn body and soul to a god tempts him to pay a terrible price.

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