Select Page

Weekend Writing Warriors: An Excerpt from CITY OF SCARS

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

Click on the image below to check out all the authors participating this week!

wewriwa

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I thought we’d pick up a little ways after Dane’s meeting with the Iron Count, when he’s commissioned to hunt down a Bloodspeaker named Ijanna, a witch whose very rare and powerful magical talents make her an invaluable asset to both of the rival crime guilds vying for control of Ebonmark.  Ijanna, however, has other problems, for even as she hides out in the city she’s plagued by nightmares of a prophecy she’s meant to fulfill.

****

Ijanna’s skin chills.  Her feet are rooted to the spot, and her hands weigh down her arms like heavy stones.  She stands at the base of the Black Tower, a cold spike of jagged rock and twisted blades.  The ground in the citadel’s shadow is scorched and black, while the wastelands surrounding it are as yellow as old bones.  The crimson sky presses down on her.

She watches dozens of children form a human chain around the Tower.  They look tired and hungry, and so cold their flesh has turned grey.  They stare ahead at the spiked structure with lifeless eyes, enraptured by its soiled presence.

****

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great weekend!

13 Comments

  1. Teresa Cypher

    Goosebumps! “… are as yellow as old bones.” I always look forward to your 8, Steven. I know it will be drenched with visuals, scents, sounds… Well done! (again) 🙂

    Reply
    • Daezarkian

      Thanks Teresa!

      Reply
  2. Veronica Scott

    Wow, powerful description, love the use of the colors…grim though. Can;t wait to find out more – terrific snippet!

    Reply
    • Daezarkian

      Thank you, Veronica — funny, I hadn’t even noticed at first how much color snuck into that snippet! ;D

      Reply
  3. Vivien Dean

    Such a desolate selection this week. Well done!

    Reply
  4. Clare Davidson

    Very beautifully haunting imagery. Her vision isn’t pleasant at all!

    Reply
  5. Daezarkian

    Thanks ladies! =D

    Reply
  6. John Van Vliet

    Nice imagery!

    Reply
    • Daezarkian

      Thanks John!

      Reply
  7. J_M_Blackman

    Your environments are always so palpable. Seriously feel submersed in the most deliciously chilling way. I have your first book. I am shamed that I haven’t read it yet, and I’m shamed every Sunday, but with school, I can barely read anything for joy. And it will be a read I really enjoy. I can tell.

    Reply
    • Daezarkian

      Thanks, J.M., I appreciate that! =D

      Reply
    • Daezarkian

      Thanks Cindy! =D

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *