With one month to go before the U.K. publication of The Rats and the Ruling Sea (Book II of The Chathrand Voyage), I'm very pleased today to be posting this first, brief taste of the novel. If you've already read Book I, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, you'll find the subject of these three pages quite familiar. If you haven't read Book I, this prologue will introduce you to the world, the story and the stakes. Here's how it starts:
A cup of milk tainted with blood. Pazel looked down into the steaming chalice and felt trapped, an actor in a part he never wanted, in a play full of violence and rage. They were waiting for him to drink: the priests, the princes, the three hundred guests in the candlelit shrine. His best friends were waiting, and a few men who wished him dead, and one man who wanted everyone dead and just might get his wish...You can view or download the PDF via Google Docs at this link. If you prefer a smaller version without the cover art, click here instead.