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Weekend Writing Warriors: THE BLACK TOWER

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I’ve been gone for a while (though with good reason).  It’s time to get back in the saddle.

THE BLACK TOWER, Book 3 of the Skullborn Trilogy, is my next release, scheduled for this November.  Needless to say, the book is a bit…dark.

Several of the pivotal events in many of the character’s lives in this series occurred at the Bloodspeaker death camps, where misguided Jlantrian Dawn Knights tortured and killed captive spell casters they believed were naturally evil and beyond redemption.

Ijanna Taivorkan, the Dream Witch, is one of the only survivors from the camps, and she recalls the horrors vividly…just as she recalls the man she’d met there several years before her quest would bring her into contact with him again.

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Azander Dane had been one of those Knights. He’d walked around the cage with the others, stepped through folds of grime and vomit and the stink of utter hopelessness. He looked at the prisoners with mirror-like eyes. No one turned from his gaze, and no one showed any fear.  His boots slurped in and out the mud with wet shucking sounds, and for a few moments that was the only thing Ijanna heard.

The sky was as blue as bruised flesh. Thick raindrops struck the crumbling roof and splashed to the ground outside.  The trees surrounded the camp like the bars of a vast cage.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Danielle @ Consuming Worlds

    Oh I think the crap is about to hit the fan! This book is going to be so freaking awesome!!!!! Gimmie *Grabby hands*

    So you done yet? 😀

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    • Steven

      Thanks Danielle! Hopefully it’ll be ready soon, I’m working on the 4th edit now! =D

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  2. Teresa Cypher

    What a world! I really wish I could paint a picture with words like you do, Steven. Nice job utilizing different senses. 🙂

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    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa!

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  3. Millie Burns

    So intense. I felt like I was feeling it with her. Not sure about the last sentence though, had me confused. Maybe it’s out of context though and I’m just missing the next lines that put it all to rights.

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    • Steven

      Millie, I agree, that last line was confusing and redundant. I re-wrote it after your comment and posted it again, hopefully it makes more sense now. ;D Thanks a bunch!

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  4. Botanist

    Very intense images, as always.

    I’m curious about “No one turned from his gaze” – is that a hint of defiance (meeting his gaze) or some magical compulsion that stops you turning away?

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    • Steven

      Thanks!

      It’s the former, but good catch on that detail, since Dane (and all Dawn Knights) do indeed possess magical powers of their own.

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  5. veronicascott

    Always so vivid and detailed, if grim. I’m riveted and want to know a lot more about these two characters (well, the whole world actually) – excellent excerpt!

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  6. Christina Ochs

    Wow, so dark and grim. I love it! This sounds very interesting!

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  7. Elsa Holland

    Nice descriptions. I loved this line : His boots slurped in and out the mud with wet shucking sounds, and for a few moments that was the only thing Ijanna heard. It was so easy to hear the sound of him walking.

    This line The sky was as blue as bruised flesh. didn’t work as well for me. Perhaps as dark as bruised flesh. I love the bruised flesh as it fits so well in the mood and place, the as blue as gets the mind jumping to bright blue. Just a thought.

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