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Weekend Writing Warriors: An Excerpt from THE BLACK TOWER

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

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The Black Tower will be available for sale this Thursday, and is now available for pre-order at!  Spoilers ahead.


Last week, Dane and Ijanna plummeted through a portal and into a realm of shadows, and when we left them Dane had shielded the witch with his body as they fell hard to the ground.


Air painfully ejected from his lungs.  Hurt spread across his back, and his head came down with such force he thought his skull had split.  Blood seeped from his ears and nose; he felt hollow, and his limbs didn’t work.

Ijanna was curled on top of him, held in his embrace, her eyes shut.  Her weight was a strange comfort, something he could focus on other than his pain, which flared through every last fiber of his being. Something moist lay under him on the stone, and he heard waterfalls in the distance.

Dane tried to open his eyes, but all he saw were the blonde wisps of the woman on top of him.  She smelled sweet with sweat, which thankfully was more powerful in his nostrils than the otherwise prevalent odor of rot.


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It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny.

Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.


Path of Bones by Steven Montano

Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their way north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won’t rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.

Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna to help her as a way of making amends for the crimes of his past. Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyres in order to reach the Dream Witch in time.

Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world’s salvation…or its untimely doom.



Deep in the Bonelands, rival crime guilds and renegade Bloodspeakers battle for the ruined city of Corinth. At the heart of the doomed metropolis lies a portal to Chul Gaerog, once the Blood Queen’s dark fortress, now a reliquary for her vast power. Human armies clash with the monstrous legions of the black giant Ghul for control of Malzaria’s fate, while the dreaded Iron Count and his frightful allies manipulate events from the shadows.

And in the heart of the black tower, the dream witch Ijanna Taivorkan comes face-to-face with the dark angel Calladar, once the Blood Queen’s champion, now master of the citadel. Only the fallen knight Azander Dane, desperate to make amends for his crimes, can help Ijanna endure her trials…but first he must face the wrath of a merciless squad of Jlantrian hunters sent to destroy the woman he’s sworn to protect.


  1. Teresa Cypher (@Teresa_Cypher)

    Your descriptive skills are unrivaled, Steven. That was quite the fall they took, and a brutal landing. And…I do believe he’s smitten. 🙂

  2. Patricia Preston

    Great details. I love falling through portals…not that I’ve ever done so except when writing…


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