Monday, 30 June 2014

Monday Morsel: The Warhammer - An Excerpt from 'Stalking the Demon'

Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature. Previously I've shared short excerpts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead, but from now until its release, I'll be sharing excerpts from my upcoming novella, Stalking the Demon. This sequel to Confronting the Demon will be the second installment in the Seven Circles of Hell Series.

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Alloran stepped into the room, pushing the door shut behind him, and his gaze fell on the item in Dalvor’s hands; a warhammer.

He strode across and dragged the heavy hammer away from his assistant. The head glowed with the light of infinitesimal runes, predominantly indigo scattered with crimson and pale gold. ‘What do you think you are doing? No one is to work on this except me, or under my direct supervision!’

Dalvor recoiled and blinked up at him. Though the younger man possessed a wizard’s jade green eyes, he always looked like a mole emerging blinking into blazing sunlight. ‘I – I just wanted to study it. These spells, the interlocking runes, the – the way you’ve built layers of magic, hoping to – to find and exploit any weaknesses the hellcats might have is – is – is exquisite.’

The thud of the hammer hitting the surface of Alloran’s workbench cut off Dalvor’s stammering praise.

‘No one but me.’ He glared, enunciating each word with care.

Thanks for dropping by! Don't forget, this is a first draft, and as such won't be perfect. If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. Stalking the Demon is expected to be released in August. If you'd like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site.

If this is your first visit to Monday Morsels, find others in the series by clicking on the ‘Monday morsel’ tag, or go to the first installment for Stalking the Demon.

More about Stalking the Demon:

Alloran did everything within his power; he banished the demon and sealed the portal. But the world is still careening into hell.

Six months after the demon's defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret - the fabric of reality is collapsing, threatening to spill unrestrained demons into the world of Verusia. Is Ladanyon striking back at Alloran from the hell to which he was condemned, or is there a traitor among them?

The only people he can turn to for help deciphering the linked mysteries of Gisayne's affliction and the collapse of the world are the two research assistants set to spy on him for the council of wizards - but he knows he can't trust them.

Everything Alloran loves races toward destruction - and all the answers are locked away in hell.

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