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Weekend Writing Warriors: THE BLACK TOWER

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More from THE BLACK TOWER.  And, as usual, some (minor) spoiler alerts.

Near the end of PATH OF BONES, Dane and Ijanna pass through a portal that takes them into Chul Gaerog, a dark citadel that thirty years ago had served as the fortress-stronghold of Carastena Vlagoth, the Blood Queen.  Shortly after they arrive Dane finds himself in a stark white chamber, where he’s confronted by a twisted man known as the “Angel of Razors”: Calladar, once Vlagoth’s protector, now the master of the tower.

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The sight of the angel chilled Dane’s soul — Calladar seemed a blasphemy in such a pure white place, with his chiseled black armor and bladed wings, his scarred face and the trail of dark blood he left behind him on the floor.  His frosted white eyes watched Dane without blinking, and his soiled wings folded and unfolded with the ear-grating creak of metal.

Where am I?” Dane asked.

This is the Sanctum,” Calladar said, “a place of healing, and preparation.”  His iron voice pounded through Dane’s skull.  

Am I still in Chul Gaerog?” Dane asked.

Yes,” Calladar replied.  “And you will never leave.”

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

15 Comments

    • Steven

      Thanks Victoria!

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  1. burnsmillie

    The description of the angel is fantastic…interesting that he seems blasphemous. Is he a fallen angel Steven? I’m all curious!

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    • Steven

      Thanks Millie! Oddly, not really, just a man. He was captured by the cruel giants called the Voss (master magical engineers) and had his body reshaped when he was augmented to serve the Blood Queen. His being an angel is more symbolic, since it’s really Dane who’s “fallen from grace” on account of his crime. =D

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  2. Teresa Cypher (@Teresa_Cypher)

    Never leave.Oh, man… 🙂 You did a fantastic job of writing the contrast between Calladar and the Sanctum, Steven. Another good 8!

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    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa!

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  3. Botanist

    “Healing” and “preparation” seem chillingly at odds in this context. Great job!

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  4. Lisa Medley, Author

    Fantastic description. I love this, “his soiled wings folded and unfolded with the ear-grating creak of metal.” Dark and eerie. Love it.

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    • Steven

      Thanks, Lisa!

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  5. veronicascott

    Your excerpts are always so vivid and powerful. I can’t pick a single image to be in love with today because it all worked together so beautifully. The part about never leaving *was* a heart-stopper tho! Great 8.

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    • Steven

      Why thank you, Veronica, I’m flattered!

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  6. Cara Bristol

    Such vivid imagery. Reading your stuff is like watching a movie.

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    • Steven

      Why thank you, Cara!

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