A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall. Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.
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Excerpt: What must have been the entire population of the village stood there. Each person held a single torch high above their head, flames sputtering and hissing in the rain. Their faces were hard and their eyes cold. They stood silently as Elinor and the column passed, but she knew their eyes were only on her. They were here to witness the officer of the King's Army, in her somber black and silver, lead the troop of engineers and laborers to the fortified keep that had stood over their homes for generations. The keep where their grandparents and great grandparents had fought and bled for their lord and the land. The keep that Elinor had been charged with dismantling. Elinor had seen those faces before. She was used to the looks of sadness and resentment that followed her and the corps of King's Engineers under her charge. They were the same expressions she had found in faces across the kingdom as lords died and their lands were annexed. As she came to destroy a legacy of honor and tradition that she herself admired. But it had never been like this. Never this procession through the darkness, illuminated by torchlight from the hands of these people. It gnawed at her. Pulled at her. Where were the shouts and the curses? Where were the angry threats of violence and retribution? The people had the same look of sadness in their eyes, but they all stood in perfect stillness as she passed.
Mark and Joe have been writing and telling stories together for the last 25 years. They share a love for the classic fantasy tales of their childhood. Their Echoes of the Ascended series brings those old epic characters and worlds to new life. Contact them on their: Website / FB / Twitter
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