Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature, where I share short excerpts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead.  

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Ellaeva stared down at the corpse. A knife had sliced open both the windpipe and the carotid. Blood smeared everything.

There was no sign of Lyram.

She bit her lip. What to do? The stubborn man gave the signal before he ran off on whatever errand he had in mind, and the men would already be making their way through the enemy camp towards the wagons. Securing food was vitally important, and he must be counting on that to keep her from interfering.

Ordinarily, such a ploy would be a waste of his time and her patience.
 

Except that circumstances weren’t quite as she’d led him to believe. 

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Lyram already crossed a prince, and 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, Ellaeva, the Battle Priestess of the death goddess, arrives unexpectedly. But she has not come to break the siege. Instead, she is in pursuit of a necromancer of the evil god of decay. When misfortune after misfortune befalls the beleaguered defenders, Lyram realises the necromancer 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 a necromancer. 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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