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Weekend Writing Warriors: THE BLACK TOWER

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Now that VAMPIRE DOWN is finally out of my hair, let’s get back to my current WIP: THE BLACK TOWER, the conclusion to the Skullborn Trilogy, which is the first in an arc of trilogies that take place on the fantasy world of Malzaria.

If you’ve read CITY OF SCARS and PATH OF BONES you know that Dane, Ijanna and a whole bunch of other people wind up in a heap of trouble in the ruined city of Corinth, where several parties have converged to battle for control of a portal which leads to a very dark place: Chul Gearog, the Black Tower, once the Blood Queen’s citadel, now a reliquary of black magic and evil power.  As the novel opens, the black giant Kruje — a deposed prince, outlaw, and ally of the fallen knight Azander Dane — is still in the city watching the conflict unfold.

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Blasts of fire and electricity scoured the atmosphere.  The streets were rife with conflict everywhere he turned, and it hadn’t taken long after Dane had gone on ahead for the fighting to find Kruje.  A few of Chairos’ mercenaries had died by the giant’s hand, as had a pair of Razorcats.  The smell of fear and burning bodies lay heavy on the wind.

Kruje looked out on the rubble-hewn streets.  Blocks of Galladorian marble lay half-buried in sand thick with thousands of fire-scorched bones, the remains of Drage who’d been incinerated when the Voss had detonated an armada of Bloodnaughts to destroy the corrupt human empire some thirty years past.  The stifling heat dulled his senses as he rested his back against a building wall, and Kruje wiped a thick sheen of sweat from his face.  His black muscles tensed with anticipation while he moved deeper into the shadows, feeling like a bit of a coward as he heard another Razorcat go roaring by outside.

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14 Comments

  1. thepaperbutterfly

    I thought this was written well and interesting 🙂 I think my favorite line was this one, “Blasts of fire and electricity scoured the atmosphere,” because it evoked such strong imagery. I also liked the part about him heading into the shadows because it is a parallel to the destruction around him. Most of your descriptions were great, but there was a line I felt could be more specific, ” The smell of fear and burning bodies lay heavy on the wind.” What do burning bodies smell like? I would rewrite it as, “The smell of fear and charred flesh lay heavy on the wind.” You could go into the smell of fear if you wanted to. That’s just my opinion though :$

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    • Steven

      Thanks! I like your revision, I may use that! =D

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  2. Danielle @ Consuming Worlds

    Woohoo! The Black Tower!

    Poor Kruje, I love the big guy. You are always so great at creating imagery Steven. Can’t wait for this one!!

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    • Steven

      Thanks Danielle! =D

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  3. burnsmillie

    I like that last line…being careful is a good thing. One can’t go fighting every dang razorcat that’s in the neighborhood…he’d be fighting all day : ). Excellent as always, and congrats on the release!

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    • Steven

      Thanks, Millie! The next line of the book reads: “The J’ann hate a coward, Kruje thought. But they have great respect for those with enough sense to know which battles to avoid.” ;D

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  4. Teresa Cypher

    Dripping with details–excellent as always, Steven. I just came from a sale at Amazon. 😉 I picked up some books 3 – 6 in the Blood Skies series. Good reading ahead for me. 🙂

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    • Steven

      Woo-hoo! =D Hope you like em, Teresa, thanks a ton!

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  5. Botanist

    Vivid details, as always. I’m curious to get a bit more of a hint of what Kruge is thinking and feeling as he surveys the devastation. You give a taste at the end, but does the killing and memories evoke any emotion?

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    • Steven

      That comes up in other parts of the chapter. It was his race that was responsible for the devastation that turned the city into a wasteland, but they (and he) felt they were justified because it was the most expeditious means of ending a lengthy war. (Sound familiar? I didn’t borrow at all from history or anything… ;D)

      Quite a bit of Kruje’s story also makes clear how he is NOT a warrior, but ever since he was ousted from his kingdom he’s literally been forced into one kill or be killed situation after the next. He’s usually more focused on how he was never meant to be a warrior than worrying about the lives he’s taken.

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  6. veronicascott

    Somehow I don’t get the flavor Kruje is remotely a coward so he should lighten up on himself a bit LOL. Wonderful description as always, so vivid, I feel as if I’m there. Great 8!

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    • Steven

      Thank you, Veronica!

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  7. Cara Bristol

    Nobody can paint a scene like you do.

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    • Steven

      Awwww, shucks. Thanks Cara! =D

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