Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 17 (#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.

In this post, we learn a little more about why Alia bothered to rescue Duncan in the first place (pretty important, since he hasn’t been the most ingratiating fellow thus far).

“You will be more merciful than my kin. That much I know.” There was a defeated certainty in that voice, an earnestness in the way she foretold his victory. “You will conquer these lands, but you will not make innocents pay for the crimes of their lords. Once Dionians swear allegiance to your empire, you will give them a future without starvation and despair.”

Intrigued, he reached for the fabric obscuring her face. She lifted her hand to hinder his movement, and the meager strength he felt against his arm was laughable. But her motion shifted his focus. She had white slender fingers that reminded him of Anora, but this girl’s palm was roughened with calluses that spoke of hard labor rather than privilege.

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15 responses to “Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 17 (#sffsat) – Warlock’s Pawn

  1. Ooh! Very interesting. Great insight into both characters – her dialogue and his observance. Very clear in my mind how this interaction is playing out.

  2. Fun snippet…great description and interaction.

  3. Wonderful detail, those calluses. And at least they didn’t crash!

  4. Heidi Ruby Miller

    Says so much about the world and the character in very few words. Well done!

  5. I agree with everyone else. Great imagery!

  6. Alia kinda reminds me of Daenerys from Game of Thrones here, a merciful conquerer liberating enslaved people. Cool snippet!

    • Thanks. I love Game of Thrones (books and movie), although after finishing book 4 I decided I’m not going to buy the new books until the series is finished (due to concerns that it may never conclude).

  7. Wonderful emotion here with nice details that round out the characters. She is carrying a heavy burden and obviously trying to make something right. They’re both complex characters that play well off each other.

  8. Truly lovely details and pacing here. And the dialogue is nearly lyrical. Very enjoyable to read.

  9. I love the interplay between the characters. Good snippet.

  10. So he’s the the lessor of two evils and she’s not as prim and proper as she appears – great character building!!

  11. Your descriptions are always lovely. Nice detail of him noticing her calluses.

  12. Sounds like he might not be such a bad guy after all. And perhaps those callouses are another reason she thought he might be worth saving.

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