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Lyram sat in an armchair, his face slack beneath a beard grown unkempt from neglect. His hands lay open in his lap, and his blue eyes, normally so piercing, stared into the distance. The clan sword, rarely out of his reach, was nowhere to be seen. It was almost as though a vacant body occupied the space where once the energetic commander of Caisteal Aingeal had sat.

The sight shot a hot barb into Ellaeva’s heart, where it lodged with exquisite anguish. Without volition, she brought her hands to her open mouth at the sight. ‘Ahura curse me… Lyram, oh Lyram…’

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Knight and castle MM (1)

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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