Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 10 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

This snippet is also from Warlock’s Pawn and continues from the last one (click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of the post to read past snippets).

Warlock’s Pawn is a fantasy (e) romance inspired by The Arabian Nights (emphasis on the “e”). It was just released and is available on  LSBooksAmazonARe, and Kobo. It will probably show up at other locations (yes, I know B&N is a biggie) in about a month.

Tonight, blood seeped through his clothing, giving his chest and back an eerie sheen as soldiers carried his large, still body to the rocky ledge. For the past three nights she watched this warrior poisoned, imprisoned, and tortured. Too stubborn to surrender, he clung to life when another with weaker magic would have died. Eager to end what should never have begun, the princess ordered his body tossed off the cliffs abutting the palace. The act would give Anora the semblance of innocence and sever the warlock’s tenuous hold on the world of the living.

Turning to the aging priestess who had taught her the way of the dagger and the path of healing, Alia argued as a reminder to them both, “It is you who told me to never seek what is beyond the temple’s walls. Now you tell me this man’s life is on my conscience.”

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12 responses to “Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 10 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

  1. ’tis a shame that the prisoner is being thrown off the cliff. One with that amount of power could be useful, if he could be convinced to ally with her.

  2. Ouchie – I felt that pain. Nice snippet 🙂

  3. I think Alia will save the day by rescuing him. I just know it. Great snippet!!

  4. Great scene at the cliff’s edge. Admiration for the enemy is usually the first step in watching your carefully crafted world around you crumble. Anxious to see where it goes.

  5. Something tells me that’s not the end of someone that strong, not yet. 🙂

  6. This does have a lovely tension and still great details weaved in. I’d love to see how Alia will play this out.

  7. Part of the proble with torture is when it doesn’t work, you have nowhere to go.

  8. I like the somber, serious tone to this. It’s amazing specific words and the structure of sentences have such an impact on how a reader grasps the scene. Good job!

  9. Wow! I love this! Great suspense and you can feel the tug in her between doing something and doing nothing…

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