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Weekend Writing Warriors: An Excerpt from THE BLACK TOWER

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This week we’ll look at an excerpt from the Book 3 finale to the Trilogy, The Black Tower, due out in just 2 weeks and now available for pre-order at!  Spoilers ahead.


Mercenary knight Azander Dane and the witch Ijanna, whom he has pursued across the wastelands, both vanish through a magical portal that leads them to a void of shadows.  They fall for what feels like hours, tangled in each other’s grip.


Everything snapped back to reality, the fall, the darkness, the loss of direction. Dank wind rushed around his body.  He felt weightless, sensed the walls looming close as murky red light pushed against his tired eyes. 

Dane held Ijanna tight.  She resisted, but he was stronger than she was, and he twisted them so she’d land on top of him as his back faced the ground.  He glimpsed dark and flickering flames.

He had no idea how far they’d fallen — it might have been miles.

The ground slammed into him.


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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. burnsmillie

    Wow, where the hell did they fall from? Last line made me cringe, yikes! Congrats on the release Steven! More to be added to my TBR list.

    • Steven

      Being heroic hurts. ;D Thanks, Millie!

  2. veronicascott

    Congratulations on the new release! Enjoyed the excerpt as always – you have such a vivid way of describing everything. Can’t wait to see what happens *after* they fall.

    • Steven

      Thanks, Veronica! I’ll continue the scene next week. ;D

  3. Teresa Cypher (@Teresa_Cypher)

    What a cliffhanger (pun not intended). Your description of the fall brought it to life for me, Steven. Congrats on the release! 🙂

    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa!

  4. FCEtier

    Precise and engaging description.
    Well done!


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