Welcome to the last Weekend Writing Warriors hop of the year. I have the distinct pleasure of being able to cap off the year with the cover reveal for Masters and Mages 3: Curse of Salar, release date January 5th. Just in time to juice up that new Kindle or Paperwhite that Santa brought.
I’m continuing with one of my favorite scenes, where Prince Dezra and Rayn Nevar get to face off on the training ground. Dezra is itching for a real fight, and Nevar would love to put the prince in his place. This snippet follows directly after last week’s.
Dezra gave his teacher his most withering royal glare. “There’s no reason why Captain Nevar cannot play a game of shibar with me if I allow it. You see, Captain, the blades are dulled. It’s all quite harmless.”
“The way you play it, it is. The shibar can still be deadly.”
“You see, Prince Dezra—” Lanz fussed.
Dezra ignored him. “But you won’t pummel me with it, will you, Captain?”
“I’ll play as long as you promise not to have me thrown in the dungeon if I happen to crack a royal rib.”
Blurb for Masters and Mages 3: Curse of Salar ~ Release date January 5,2016
In the desert kingdom of Jahar, the rule of mages has been overthrown and the ancient lineage of sorcerer kings wiped out. Prince Dezra and his sister are the last living members of the royal family and are held prisoners in their ancestral palace.
Prince Dezra lives a life of lies and deceit. In order to stay alive, he must pretend to be a drug-addicted wastrel, trusting no one, isolated from even his sister who has chosen to cooperate with the government that executed their parents.
Into his lonely existence comes a man who should be his sworn enemy; Captain Rayn Nevar. Dezra is irresistibly drawn to the rough soldier and his longing for a simple sexual encounter quickly morphs into a dangerous obsession.
Captain Rayn Nevar knows he should stay far away from Prince Dezra, but his desire for the beautiful young man overrides all common sense. Despite the fact that Dezra’s ancestors destroyed Rayn’s family, the captain finds himself in a position of protecting the prince from the many schemers who believe the last of the mages should be annihilated.
When treachery leads to Dezra’s escape, he is at last free to bond with the serpent god Ka’alar and develop his long repressed powers. Only the arrival of a mysterious monk with powers greater than Dezra’s stops the prince from using black sorcery to destroy all who stand in his way, including Rayn.
As Jahar edges toward another war between masters and mages, Rayn must question his devotion to his increasingly deadly lover while Dezra must decide if ultimate power is worth the ultimate sacrifice.
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Hmmm. I wonder if this is a good idea. I suspect one of our warriors is gonna find himself in trouble.
Love the cover…
Trouble ahead for both of them. Skilled players of the game. Who will win.? Exciting snippet, Alexis.
Oy! Watch the royal ribs. 🙂 There is an inherent risk of the dungeon when sparring with royalty.
All very well written, Alexis. A lot of people, but no confusions. Now there’s a gifted writer. 🙂
If he “happens” to crack a rib, huh? Sounds like he’s planning on it to me!
This is NOT going to be a friendly little sparring match.
Gorgeous cover, can’t wait to read this. I enjoyed the excerpt – Nevar isn’t going to hold back, is he? Good for him!
This fight probably won’t end well, though I’m curious to see if a royal rib really will get broken.
I love your cover, for both the cover model and the nice color palette of reds, oranges, and yellows.
Oh dear…I think this will be far from a harmless spar! Nice tension building in this snippet! Ooh, and a great cover…love it!
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