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We’ll continue this week with another excerpt from City of Scars, Book 1 of The Skullborn Trilogy. Minor spoilers ahead.
After meeting the criminal witch Vellexa, Dane is recruited by a powerful crime guild to hunt down a woman called Ijanna Taivorkan, the Dream Witch, so that the guild’s leader can sell the powerful woman on the black market. Dane, though reluctant, accepts the job, and after a run-in when he unwittingly defends her from a pair of cannibalistic assassins Ijanna realizes her presence in Ebonmark has not gone unnoticed.
The warrior who’d attacked the Chul had moved like an assassin, and he’d called on the magic of the Veil to defeat the cannibals…he might have been one of the city guard.
Don’t delude yourself. The way he’d taken care of the Chul marked him as a professional mercenary, and the speed with which he’d appeared meant he’d been waiting for them…or for her.
Ijanna strapped on her leather gauntlets and adjusted her greaves. Every second she spent in Ebonmark was dangerous.
You have to keep moving, she told herself. I know you’re tired of running, but you can’t stop now. The cold reality of her situation twisted in her gut like a knife — she was in a losing race against time, and there was no one to help her.
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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.
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.