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WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS: An Excerpt from CITY OF SCARS

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

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With the cover reveal for CITY OF SCARS just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to get back to some excerpts!

Much of the novel centers around the crime war between the Black Guild and the Phage, rival syndicates vying for control of Ebonmark.  Vellexa, a Bloodspeaker lieutenant in the Guild, knows how desperate the battle has become, but even she doesn’t approve of some of the methods the Iron Count is taking to deal with his enemies, especially those employed by his deadly alchemists…

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Luckily Vellexa didn’t have to see the alchemists or their foul experiments very often.  Ever since their initial success the twisted Veil engineers had been given their own space in the Cauldron to work, and they kept hidden behind locked and carefully warded doors except when they moved their goods for shipment.  The strangest sounds issued from behind the cold black portals which housed the alchemist’s chambers: liquid churning, ghostly whispers, grinding metal and the occasional cry of pain.  Vellexa passed through the tide of dismal noise as she walked down the arched stone hall.  

One of the doors popped open, releasing a cloud of yellow haze and the smell of burning alcohol.  One of the alchemists stepped out, a hideously gaunt figure dressed in tattered red robes stained with powder.  A heavy cowl and black goggles concealed most of his face, and what skin she saw was cracked and peeled and almost green from weeks of saturation in rooms filled with poisonous air.  The alchemist ignored Vellexa as he dumped a large iron bucket filled with greenish waste into a floor grate before returning to the room. 

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14 Comments

  1. Susan Stuckey

    Intriguing (totally disgusting alchemists) snippet. Great descriptions and use of senses. Nicely done.

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks Susan!

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  2. Mandy Earles

    Wow, those alchemists sound terrifying. Just what sort of experiments are they doing to cause cries of pain? Scary and very intriguing.

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks, Mandy. Yeah, they’re bad news — sort of the WMD producers of this fantasy world.

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  3. Veronica Scott

    OK, wow. You really conveyed how awful these guys are and how terrible their work must be. Excellent excerpt!

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks Veronica!

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  4. Penny Alley

    I have read a lot of good snippets today, and I’ve read some that were freaky. Congratulations! You get to wear the Good ‘n Freaky Snippet crown! I have got to read this story!

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    • Daezarkian

      Good ‘n Freaky FTW! =D Thanks Penny!

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  5. Karen de Lange

    Eeeesh, I do NOT want to know what they’re doing in there, but at the same time I kind of do…. love it!

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks, Karen! =D

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  6. Kate Warren

    Ew. Glad I don’t work there. And I don’t think I want to know what they’re creating either. Awesome levels of creepiness here. 🙂

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  7. J_M_Blackman

    Totally engrossing with amazing atmosphere and details—as usual.

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    • Daezarkian

      Aww, shucks. Thanks J.M. ;D

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  8. Teresa Cypher

    Steven, you never disappoint! I think this appealed to every sense possible! Incredible 8–it packs a wallop. 🙂

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