More from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation. This follows immediately after last week’s snippet.
Continuing from last week.
Dakkas woke to darkness and pain. He moved his head and a wave of nausea nearly made him pass out again. His shoulders ached; he tried to move them to relieve the strain and realized he was bound by his wrists, his arms taking the brunt of his weight, his feet barely touching the ground.
“Good. You’re awake. I wouldn’t want you to miss the entertainment I’ve arranged for you.” The voice sounded familiar but the pounding in his head made it hard to hear anything other than the memory of Rebel’s screams. He forced his eyes to focus but all he could see was a stone table lit by small guttering torches. He glanced up at his wrists: the ropes holding him were attached to rings set into stalactites.
“No! No!” The voice – a woman’s – was a sob of fear and resistance and he turned his head to look for its owner, already knowing…
Two Orcs shoved a struggling figure toward the table, and it was all Dakkas could do not to cry out. Kashrya. His mind screamed her name, but he refused to give the mysterious voice the satisfaction…
“Yes,” the voice purred from behind him as the Orcs tied her in a position similar to his. “Your little lady love. She was the perfect bait.”
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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