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Weekend Writing Warriors: DEAD PLANET

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Time for another excerpt from Dead Planet, Book 2 of The Rike Chronicles, coming February 23rd!  (Check out below for a chance to win a copy of Book 1 in the series, The Last Acolyte!)

Last time Rike and Aeana arrived at the forlorn wastelands outpost called Augur, where they observed some great rumbling machines inside of the militarized outer walls before heading for the local watering hole.


“What is this place?” he asked her.


They stepped into the tavern, where they were assaulted by the odor of overcooked meat and hard grain liquor.

“Disciples of Vesaad’s ancient religion foresaw the end of their world,” Aeana explained, “and built this place to act as a refugee camp, a place where they could rebuild…but their powers were limited, and they couldn’t see far enough into the future to realize that it wouldn’t be safe in Augur, either.  Now the derelicts and pilgrims who wind up here lead a hard life, hunting a dwindling population of desert creatures for meat and harvesting water from deep beneath the soil.”

“That’s what those machines are,” Rike said.  “Wait, why isn’t this place safe?” he asked.

“It’s what they draw from underground,” Aeana said. “They drilled too fast, and too deep: they woke something.”


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  1. Teresa Cypher

    Wow–why does it seem like I start all of my comments to you with the word, “Wow”??? That last line, what a zinger!! What did they wake up??

    Loving this story, Steven! Outstanding!

    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa!

  2. Christina Ochs

    Uh-oh, hope it’s not a Balrog. 🙂 Though I’m sure you’ll come up with something equally or more scary!

    • Steven

      I figured *someone* would pick up that reference. ;D Fear not, it’s no Balrog…but something much more icky…

  3. Kim Magennis

    Awesome piece, Steven. I can not wait to find out what it was. That last line is absolutely brilliant!

  4. veronicascott

    I love the explanation behind the town…and also the deep foreboding of the last comment about waking something. Another excellent excerpt!

  5. Ed Hoornaert

    I sense some environment allegory here!

  6. amybraunauthor

    Great backstory… but what did they awake?! So many cliffhangers this week!


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