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IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD Available for Pre-Order on iBooks

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With two months to go until the release of In the Company of the Dead, it’s now available for pre-order on iBooks!

About In the Company of the Dead:

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

You can pre-order your copy here.

In the Company of the Dead – Valentine’s Day Cover Reveal

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I am pleased to present the cover art for upcoming epic fantasy, In the Company of the Dead.

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Genre: Epic Fantasy/Romantic Fantasy

Release Date: 25 April 2016

Credit is due to the cover artist, Sam Keiser.

About the Book

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

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About the Author

Ciara Ballintyne grew up on a steady diet of adult epic fantasy from the age of nine, leaving her with a rather confused outlook on life – she believes the good guys should always win, but knows they often don’t. She is an oxymoron; an idealistic cynic.

She began her first attempts at the craft of writing in 1992, culminating in the publication of her debut work, Confronting the Demon, in 2013. Her first book to be published with Evolved Publishing is In the Company of the Dead.

She holds degrees in law and accounting, and is a practising financial services lawyer. In her spare time, she speculates about taking over the world – how hard can it really be? If she could be anything, she’d choose a dragon, but if she is honest she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House M.D. – both the good and the bad. She is a browncoat, a saltgunner, a Whedonite, a Sherlockian, a Ringer and a Whovian… OK, most major geek fandoms. Her alignment is chaotic good. She is an INTJ.

Ciara lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, her two daughters, and a growing menagerie of animals that unfortunately includes no dragons.

Stalking the Demon On Net Galley

Stalking the Demon

Until 31 January, Stalking the Demon is available on NetGalley—if you’re a member there, look it up to request your free copy.

About Stalking the Demon

Stalking the Demon Free on Story Cartel

Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand and risked his life and soul to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend. Despite saving the city from a demon, the council of wizards punished him severely for practising banned magic.

Now he learns his desperate attempt to banish the demon threatens to send the whole world to hell. To unravel the damage, Alloran is forced to dabble in taboo hell magic, and must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.

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About In the Company of the Dead

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five year old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

Brandon Sanderson, You Have A Sexy Brain

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The Way of Kings is littered with intellectual ideas – a fact I missed the first time I read it, presumably because I was too distracted by the story. That is, itself, a good thing, as it means the story is gripping. But on a second read, I felt those included intellectual thoughts were telling me as much about the author as the story.

I’ve probably forgotten some, but here are a few I spotted:

  • Atheism, the arguments for and against it, and particularly the tendency of some to not understand how one can even be an atheist;
  • The atheist’s wager – the notion that if one lives a good life, god will forgive you your disbelief, and if he doesn’t, then he’s not a god you want to worship anyway;
  • The nature of morality and what makes an action inherently good or bad;
  • The question of whether morality springs from the divine or not, and the idea that it is better to do good for good’s sake than for fear of punishment by some god
  • Questions of morality versus practicality
  • Is there a distinction between doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason and doing the wrong thing for the right reasons?
  • What makes a god a god?
  • Justice vs mercy and whether a life of goodness and atonement makes up for one very bad deed.
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A lot of this, but not all, is included in Jasnah Kholin’s scenes, as she is a scholar of some renown, and a woman after my own heart – a critical thinker who questions everything! No answers are necessarily offered in relation to the questions posed – and as far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing, because it means the reader doesn’t feel preached to. The point is that the mind turns to the question in the first place.

I’m reading Words of Radiance right now, and I’m sure I’ve missed more of these pearls, but I did just spot another one – a discussion of the correlation between intelligence, compassion, and practicality, and the observation that those with an over-abundance of intelligence might find themselves entertaining ideas that seem like a good idea (but probably aren’t) such as requiring people to pass an intelligence test in order to breed.

Such a wealth of conversation topics! I would much rather sit down and discuss any of these in preference to the boring tedium of small talk – even with a perfect stranger! In fact, just a few weeks ago I did have a conversation on topics like this with an accountant I’d just met.

I’ve never had an answer to the question “If you could choose one person, alive or dead, to talk to for an hour, who would it be?”

But I think, now, that I do – and it’s you, Brandon Sanderson. We might not necessarily agree, but the conversation would no doubt be stimulating!

Monday Morsel: Justice Without Mercy – an excerpt from IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

Alharne Was Dead

He squared his jaw. ‘What I want, is to ruin the man. I want the world to know what he did to my wife. I want justice.’

He felt her smile that time, even though he couldn’t see her lips. ‘Ahura approves. Justice is the domain of death. Justice, without mercy.’

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More about In the Company of the Dead

Alharne Was Dead

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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