With the launch of Book Two of the Darkness Falling Trilogy only two weeks away, today I’m posting an excerpt! Please enjoy and if you haven’t read book one, it’s only .99 cents on Amazon. (Shameless Plugging)
Be aware, this could be a spoiler for Book One!
After a moment of silence, Brosen nodded. “The sword. You said that the old man made it. What do you mean?”
“I don’t know the details, but he uses energy. He used to be Ka Elta’s advisor, but Ka Harn banished him thinking he was involved in his father’s death. After that he went to Gillinera and made his own army of Enforcer types.”
“Did he take Enforcers with him?” Brosen asked.
“I don’t know. All I know is that those Mutilators are like us but different.”
“That woman. She’s powerful.”
“Yeah, and not friendly. Her name is Lethel Jilorn.” The mere mention of her caused Treve’s muscles to tense.
Brosen was quiet again, eyes distant. “I’ve been thinking about my fight with her, but now I have more questions. If they’re like us and they have power like that, then shouldn’t we have power, too?”
It wasn’t something Treve had considered. “What do you mean?”
Brosen ran his hand through his hair, and in that moment he was his normal self. “I mean; we’re not just soldiers. In training, we’re told we have heightened abilities over regular people. We can run faster, jump higher, see better in the dark, and are stronger than people without Enforcer blood. But we’re never given any training in those skills beyond what is necessary to police the population. After fighting that woman and traveling with Impyra, I think we all have a lot of untapped potential.”
Treve felt uneasy at the idea. “We’re not like the Mutilators. We are, but we’re not.”
“You said Garinsith trained an army of them, right?”
Treve nodded slowly.
“That means there are more than three soldiers. Why does he need an army?”
It was a question Treve never asked himself.
“A better question is; why does he need an army that far better understands their abilities than the Enforcers?”
“And he calls them Mutilators.”
“Doesn’t sound like a friendly name to me.”
“I wonder if Ka Harn has thought about that,” Treve mused.
“Maybe, but my confidence in our Emperor’s ability to reason things through isn’t that high.”
That’s all for today! Next week I’ll be posting my edit for the Silly Editing Challenge.
Darkness Falling: Shadow of the Seeker will be available June 18.