Extract from Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature by Vanessa Finaughty

Today’s tour host is Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, who will be sharing a character interview with Wizard of Ends’ MC, Lashlor Leaflin. I hope you all find it interesting!

Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature
Extract

Wizard of Ends, Book 2_BlogThe back of Lashlor’s neck prickled. The horses’ odd behaviour stank of magic.

He sighed. “If the horses refuse to walk, we’ll have to go on by foot.”

Most of the men groaned at the thought of having to carry all the supplies themselves.

“Or I can go on alone,” Lashlor offered.

“Forget it,” Amkesh said. “The king warned me you might suggest that and ordered me to forbid it.”

“You cannot forbid me from anything. I’m not one of your men.”

“I can if what you do goes against a direct order from our king.”

Lashlor glowered at the captain. “Fine. Whatever. Let’s get moving.”

They had barely made it around the bend in the canyon when an inhuman wail cut the silence. The soldiers drew their swords, but no enemy appeared for them to impale upon the sharp blades. The wail came again. The soldiers scanned the canyon walls, most jumping when a third wail came, this time from seemingly among them.

Lashlor gave a choked laugh. “It’s just the wind.”

“How sure are you?” Amkesh asked.

Lashlor was fast growing tired of being asked that. “I sense no presence here. Do you?”

The others shook their heads, and Xain said, “But we are not magic users. We cannot sense presences the way you can.”

Lashlor shrugged. “Well, you see nothing and no one, and I sense nothing and no one. Therefore-”

One of the soldiers near Xain stumbled onto his hands and knees, as if he’d been shoved.

“No one, you say?” Xain muttered, whirling to find his comrade’s attacker.

Another two soldiers stumbled, one falling to his knees.

Lashlor closed his eyes and used more power than usual, but still, his inner vision saw nothing.

Then he noticed it…

A faint green glow in the air, invisible to most human eyes.

“It’s a disruption field,” Lashlor said. “That’s why I sense nothing.”

“Do we need to flee, wizard?” Amkesh asked, spinning on his heel as something unseen pushed him.

Lashlor looked around. So far, no harm had been done, a few bruised egos aside. However, no matter how playful they were, most spirit creatures eventually grew bored with these sorts of antics and became violent.

“I think that’s a good idea,” he replied.

~

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About Vanessa Finaughty Fantasy Books

Vanessa Finaughty is a fantasy author whose books will introduce you to magical new beings, intense characters and high adventure. She will take you to exciting new worlds, and make you see this one through different eyes. To start you off, get Book 1 in her series for free!
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