Sunday Snippet March 26, 2017

Taking a break from The Academy of the Accord, since I’ve been posting from its books for over a year now. (I’ll come back to them when they’re ready to release.  Current goal is 2020.)

So, anyhow, I thought I’d post from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation.

Following directly from last week. (Some of you may have seen some of this before.)


Pashevel caught his breath as he knelt and laid the figure next to the fire.  Slender fingers felt for a pulse and she moaned slightly in protest at his touch and he sighed with relief — at least the unicorn hadn’t brought him a corpse.

He lifted her enough to remove the white leather jacket that she wore, wincing as she struggled feebly. “No,” she moaned. “Don’t.”  The fear and pleading in her voice made him pause and he eased her down again with her jacket only half off. 

“What happened?” he asked softly looking up at her mount.  He turned and raised a hand, palm up, and the unicorn hesitated for a moment, and then rested his horn in it, showing him…

The scene was vivid:  the barn, the fight, the flames…  Pashevel broke contact, shaken. “No wonder you were afraid to trust me,” he murmured.  The white unicorn nuzzled him, an apology and an attempt to comfort him. “Go and rest, friend,” he murmured. “You deserve it.”

Song and Sword cover

Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

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17 responses to “Sunday Snippet March 26, 2017

  1. This is quite a fascinating story, liked the touch with the unicorn. Can’t wait for more!

  2. siobhanmuir

    Great snippet, P.T. :)

  3. elainecsc2013

    The unicorn is a fabulous part of the story.

  4. Like the unicorn and how he cares for her.

  5. Siren X Star

    The imagery of the unicorn is just awesome. I want a unicorn! :)

  6. My heart still aches when she struggles against him, even in her weakened state. Love this part.

  7. Interesting way to show him …. will we find out more details about what happened?
    Like the unicorn as well :-)

  8. I loved this scene. Pashevel seems like a great guy (great elf, or whatever). Likewise, the unicorn is a force for good. I like stories where the good guys win.

  9. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Love the unicorn and how it communicates with the horn. Great scene.

  10. I love everything about the unicorn. Just reading this little piece makes me feel like a damn fifteen-year-old again.

  11. I’m curious about what he saw. I’m going to assume you shared that scene earlier, and I missed it. Great snippet.

  12. This scene is filled with magic. Beautiful.

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