Welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors. I’m continuing with a scene from my new release, Masters and Mages 3: Curse of Salar. Having decided he’d like to face a real challenge on the shibar field, Prince Dezra has invited Captian Rayn Nevar to a match. He quickly realizes this might not have been the best idea. This picks up right after last week’s snippet.
Dezra remembered the Armazins were his enemies now. Nevar and his group held the royals in little if any regard. It was a strange sensation to meet a fearless gaze. Dezra’s blood was already racing. He didn’t have to worry about Nevar holding back.
They both raised their shibars to chest height, and the chime sounded.
Unlike anyone Dezra had ever fought, Nevar didn’t hesitate but immediately attacked, shifting his hold and swinging his shibar toward Dezra’s as Briton had in the previous match. Only, instead of a direct blow, he switched in midswing and lunged toward Dezra’s head with the tip of the spear, seeking to end the match with one blow. Dezra barely warded off the thrust and slipped out of the way of Nevar’s charge. A stifled gasp went up among the palace observers.
In the desert kingdom of Jahar, the rule of mages has been overthrown and the line 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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