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Excerpt: In Solitude's Shadow: Empire of Ruin Book One by David Green + giveaway

In Solitude's Shadow: Empire of Ruin Book One
by David Green
June 4th, 2021
Genre: Dark Fantasy
The Banished have returned, and they will have their revenge.

Zanna Alpenwood, a powerful mage, stands atop Solitude’s walls staring down at an army bent on invasion. Two hundred aged and forgotten Sparkers are all that stand between the Banished and the nation of Haltveldt.

With time running out, Zanna is forced to reach out to her estranged daughter, Calene, and set her on an impossible quest. In doing so Calene must decide between her masters and her own conscience, as she teams up with unlikely allies to forge their way over land and sea. Will they arrive in time to save the fortress of Solitude from destruction?

Only one thing is certain. Ruin is assured if Solitude falls.

The moon hid behind the highest rise of the Peaks of Eternity. Black clouds hung heavy in the sky. Zanna’s senses felt dull. They told her there should still have been rain. A storm with thunder and lightning. Instead, it felt as though the night held its breath. “Master?” Arlo asked, his voice subdued as he stared out over the walls. “Does the darkness scare you?”

“You get used to it,” Zanna replied, putting an arm around his shoulders.

“No, I mean tonight. There’s something… odd.”Zanna glanced at him. She felt it too. The night held a strange quality. All too quiet, but a tense quivering underpinned the silence. Feeling eyes on her, she
scanned the rampart and saw they were alone. At first, she thought it her imagination, but faint sounds drifted to her. The sound of whispers that lingered at the edge of her hearing.

“You’re right, Arlo,” she said, gazing across the ramparts. Lit braziers dotted the walls that ran a half-mile in each direction. She drew their flames inside her, the sensation thrilling her. Arlo’s eyes widened at the depth of her power. Zanna kept pulling fire into her, her limbs filling with warmth, heat, power. It made her feel alive, to the point she wanted to keep drawing, to not let go. A struggle every Sparker contended with.

“We need light.”

Quivering with energy and almost at her limit, Zanna lifted her hands to the skie sand unleashed a fountain of flame across the heavens, lighting up the plains for miles below them.

“Oh, teeth of the gods,” she whispered, taking in the sight below before darkness swallowed the flames. She turned to Arlo. The colour had drained from his face and tears filled his wide, blue eyes. His fingers dug into the stone ramparts as he gripped the wall.

“Raas preserve us. Get Protector Garet. Run. Can you do that?”

Arlo nodded and shot away, leaving Zanna alone. She looked out over the ramparts again. The darkness hid them as they spilled over the distant hills. An army marched across the slate plains towards Solitude. Thousands of them. The Banished were coming. And less than two hundred Sparkers, with a single apprentice, stood in their way.

About the Author
Website-Eerie River Publishing
David lives in Co Galway, Ireland and grew up in Manchester, UK. A lover of the written word since childhood, David always harboured ambitions to write and is finally doing it. He has a passion for all genres and is an avid fan of fantasy, sci-fi and horror in particular. After studying film, David's writing has been described as visual and vivid, with readers able to clearly picture scenes in their minds.
David admires noir, and tries to add that flavour to most of his work, finding the ambiguity it lends to be a thrilling aspect of creating a story. He has published works across a number of genres, and will continue to write until he can physically no longer do it.

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  1. Hi!

    I'm David Green, the author of this book! I'll be hanging around the comments for the next few days to chat - if anyone picks up the book, I really hope you enjoy it!

    1. Picked it up and couldn't put it down ... now can't wait to get my signed paperback copy. Congratulations on such a smashing release :-) Neen