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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She thought last time that he was searching her room, and been wrong. What if this time…

Before she completed the thought, she spun on her heel and ran up the steps, the flames of the torches flickering in the breeze of her passing. She ran straight past the ground level exit and kept going to the first floor. At the top, she threw open her door.

An empty, silent room met her gaze.

She hovered on the threshold, caught between entering and turning away. In the end, she crossed to the dresser and checked her journal; still there. For who would have cause to look? And even if anyone found it, would they know what they held? She’d not written in it for years, and it contained mostly the maudlin musings of a teenage girl.

The only thing in there of relevance was the fact she wasn’t here on business; not really. It didn’t matter who knew that.

Did it? She shivered with a sudden chill. What would Lyram think, if he knew she’d lied to him?

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More about In the Company of the Dead

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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