The draft of On the Edge of Death is now with my editor. To keep you amused while it’s going through edits, here’s another snippet from the end of Chapter 1.
Almost involuntarily, her eyes turned to the west, following the invisible line connecting her to Ahlleyn. A king’s diplomatic delegation might still gain admittance, though Jerrek’s borders were closed to Ahura’s devotees.
She curled her fingers closed around the hilt of her sword, clenching so tight her knuckles ached until she released her grip finger by finger. Ahlleyn was nowhere she wanted to go, but some things were more important than personal pain.
She would find out what was happening in Jerrek. She would find her parents.
And she would have justice.
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On the Edge of Death
All the Left Hand of Death wants is something to call her own, but is the price too high?
Ellaeva, the fated avatar of the death goddess, is desperate to track down her missing family but the trail is decades old. Instead, she discovers her battered and bloodied sister priestesses driven across the Jerreki border on pain of death. Ellaeva must turn aside from her personal quest to investigate the murders, only to find her parents have been taken into the heart of the conflict.
Lyram Aharris, favoured son of the royal line of Ahlleyn, is the only living person she trusts to help her infiltrate the enemy stronghold and uproot the horror they find there, but their chequered past threatens the mission. Accompanying him is his crown prince, the one man Lyram wants dead above all others.
Now Ellaeva must face down the darkness in her soul before a dark god is brought into the world.
At the boundary of life and death, all oaths will be tested.