Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 15 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

This snippet is 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 romance inspired by The Arabian Nights. It was released last month and is available on  LSBooksAmazonBarnes & NobleARe, and Kobo.

I was busy interviewing another SFFSat author’s erotic alter ego last week, so I couldn’t participate.  Just to recap–Alia had just flown off a cliff to save the Warlock her sister, Anora, attempted to kill. In return, Duncan sucked up all her magic, causing them to drop mid-flight. Also of note–Alia and Anora’s eyes are the same color.

The slender arms that circled his waist tightened as lines of strain formed on the corners of those slightly up-tilted eyes. “My wings will fail if you do not stop,” she warned, distress evident in her voice.

Left without a choice, he relinquished control, allowing a stranger to have power over his fate. Their fall immediately slowed as if a sail had spread to allow them to coast the winds. With the complex interchange of power between them, he gained enough access to the fey’s mind to glean her name.

“Why did you save me, Alia?” he asked as they landed on the sand. While he felt strong enough to stand, the fey’s small body slumped onto the dunes. Crouching, he flipped the veiled creature over so he could gaze into those damning eyes.

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15 responses to “Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 15 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

  1. Why save him indeed? (I mean, he seems nice enough). Oh – I guess we’ll have to wait till next week to find out.

  2. I liked the aspect that she was saving him but he seemed to have control over how much power he drained from her but she remained calm and confident. She makes for an interesting character, looking forward to seeing more interaction between these two.

  3. Exactly–I’d be more in the ‘if you don’t knock it off I’m dropping you on your head’ category. But then I’m not a well-meaning fey. :),

  4. Nice one. I’m glad that he relinquished control. It takes a lot of trust to do that – especially when one’s plummeting for rock!

  5. I’m with Lyndi–look, dude, if you want us to drop like rocks into the sand, keep it up. You wanna wake up tomorrow? You better stop siphoning, leech. Or something to that effect. I love her demeanor, as S.A. said, though. She’s calm, even as she’s in danger. I always admire those characters.

  6. See, this is why I can never be a good fairy. I’d have let him smash to bits and then been all, “That’ll teach you, stupid (smashed) man.”

  7. I like her very matter of fact ‘if you don’t stop that we’re both going to die’. But since he was trying to drain her powers, I’m not so sure he’s nice and that she was right to save him. Interesting…

  8. First, thank you very much for the interview last week. 😀

    Second, yet another great snippet! I love the calmness of both the characters.

  9. Lyndi and JM already called my reaction.

    I love the characters already. I can’t resist an enigma like her.

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