Ellaeva’s boot caught on the edge of a rug, and she almost fell. Lyram didn’t falter, only swung the blade again, the air humming with its passage. Ellaeva threw herself to the ground. Her hair fluttered as the sword whistled over her head.

She hit the ground hard enough to drive the breath from her lungs. Gasping, she rolled, and scrambled to her feet, sword still clutched in one hand. She held back, not wanting to hurt Lyram, and almost gotten herself killed. If she threw all her skill into the fight, she might survive; Lyram probably wouldn’t.

She took one last look at him bearing down on her. There was no stopping him.

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What Price A lie

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

Son of a duke and third in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after striking his prince – but when the castle is besieged, he fears the prince means to remove him more permanently.

Hope arrives in the form of the Left Hand of Death, the woman bound to serve the goddess Ahura in battle. But the priestess has not come for the siege – instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the god of decay.

Within his stone prison, Lyram must fight to save himself from both political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, his greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

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