If you haven’t already read the first pre-publication extract and introduction to this new fantasy adventure series, please read Wizard of Ends – A Magical New Adventure Series. If you enjoyed that, read a second, different extract on Richard Foland’s blog.
Fantasy book bloggers (authors and/or readers) who to participate in the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour later this year and/or receive an ARC, please contact me.
I hope you enjoy the below extract, from my first draft of Book 1.
King Lanaran slid his hunting knife from its ankle sheath. A pathetic weapon against creatures of dark magic, but his sword was out of reach. Amkesh tried to swap weapons with him, but Lanaran glared and yanked the knife out of reach.
“Now is not the time for heroics, Captain. We need all able hands.”
Amkesh opened his mouth to argue again.
“That’s an order!” Lanaran barked.
A clear, sharp voice rang out. “The king has ordered your death this day, and so it shall be.”
Lanaran gaped as Lashlor – the fake wizard – stepped into the circle of beyeni.
To Lanaran’s amazement, Assassa took a step back. It seemed she was afraid of the fake wizard, but surely she could sense he was not a fellow magic user and posed no threat?
Even the beyeni hesitated, then some snarled at the fake wizard and turned their attention to him.
“He’s trying to divide them to give us a greater chance,” Lanaran murmured.
“He’s a fool.” Amkesh jabbed his sword at a beyeni that got too close.
What in all the lands were the dark creatures waiting for? It seemed their mistress had commanded them to toy with the prey before going in for the kill.
Lanaran shook his head. “No. He’s a hero.”
“A hero.” New respect for the fake wizard flooded Lanaran. “But not alone. Come, Captain. Let’s get this over with. If they will not attack first, we will.”