Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature, where I share short extracts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead.
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Distantly through the thick wood and stone came the roar of voices. The pungent smell of burning pitch followed hard on its heels. They had fired the moat. The voices of men screaming in pain penetrated the stone more than he liked.
And then the sound he’d been dreading.
The men held their breaths. Lyram drew his sword. At his shoulder, a grim spectre of death; Ellaeva, lifting her own blade in readiness, awaiting the moment the ram might break through the gate. It would be easy, with the gates only blockaded by what debris could be quickly scrounged.
Ellaeva’s face settled into that grim expectancy he’d begun to call her ‘work look’. This was the face of a woman who had earned the name Left Hand of Death.
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More about In the Company of the Dead:
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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