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, which is undergoing its first round of revisions.

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Galdron gestured to the earthen wall of the tunnel. A chill swept through Ellaeva, and she switched her gaze from the wall, to the captain and back.

‘Put your ear to the wall,’ he said.

With deep foreboding, she stepped closer and pressed her ear to the earth.

Silence.

‘I hear nothing,’ she said.

Galdron made a curt gesture. Wait.

Silence.

In the distance, a thud, and another. She jerked away from the wall at the suddenness of the sound. Galdron quirked an eyebrow. She nodded, and placed her ear back to the wall. More thudding.

‘Sappers,’ Galdron said.

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More about In the Company of the Dead

Everything Dangerous

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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