After a long few weeks of school finals, holiday retail work and the holidays themselves, I’ve got something special to post here. I’m nearly halfway done with my first novel, the opening book in a fantasy trilogy, so I thought it was about time to provide just a sneak peek for anyone who might be interested.
Below is just a brief excerpt from what has turned out to be one of my favorite scenes that I’ve written so far. Hopefully it’ll spark some intrigue for anyone who reads.
The book is tentatively entitled Echoes of Light, the first book in the Radiant Legend Trilogy. The excerpt here comes from an action scene about midway through the story, where the main hero must face off against a monstrous adversary to protect his close friend, the princess of the kingdom.
Alamor did not even look back at the princess as she fled; his fiery eyes were locked solely onto the winged-beast in front of him. He stood unflinching before the creature as unprecedented vigor stoked his skin. He was the one thing standing between the beast and the princess. He was the only person who could protect her now.
He would not fail his beloved friend.
No. Never again.
The winged-monster drove towards Alamor with another horrible cry. It beat its wings and lifted itself off the ground, slashing at Alamor with its long talons. He leapt out of the way just in time as the claws ripped through the purple carpet down to the stone floor beneath. The creature quickly lashed out again, swinging one talon in a furious swipe. Alamor ducked underneath, and the monster’s nails passed just inches over the back of his neck.
When he straightened, he saw another talon coming toward him. He lifted his shield and deflected it off the steel surface. He somehow kept his footing despite the impact of the blow, and immediately replied with a hard cut of his sword.
Alamor felt the blade score over the creature’s talon and dig into its skin. The winged-horror drew back with a shriek, stepping gingerly on the leg that Alamor struck once it landed.
Alamor charged ahead, but he only took three steps. The monster aimed its wings at him as a salvo of feathers shot from its plumage. Alamor lifted his shield purely out of instinct, and he soon realized that it likely saved his life.
The feathers that raced from the monster’s wings were stiff and sharp, like a storm of flying daggers. Most either bounced off Alamor’s shield or lodged into the floor around him, but at least two managed to sneak around his defenses. Even though they only nicked him, the barbed feathers cut clear through his armor and cleaved his skin beneath.
Alamor painfully dropped to one knee as his teeth grated together. His beastly adversary seized the opportunity and swung one of its wings. Alamor was lifted clear off of his feet as he was batted aside, and skidded across the floor once he landed.
The princess’s terrified scream brought his focus back to the battle even as one side of his body nearly went numb. He rolled out of the way just as the winged-monster tried to pounce onto him.
Alamor hastily ambled away. When he turned back to face his monstrous adversary, it had already sent its spine-covered tail whipping towards him. Twice he let it scrape across his shield, staggering him both times. Then the beast aimed low and swung at his legs.
The tail raked beneath his knees, and Alamor was sent crashing to the temple floor as a sharp holler flew out of his throat. Were it not for his crimson armor, Alamor knew that his legs would have been shattered or torn to shreds—maybe both.
The monster lifted its tail high into the air and brought it down, swinging at what it thought was a defenseless Alamor.
But just before the tail reached him, Alamor met it with his blade and seared through it in one fluid motion. Alamor heard both a thud from the severed stump landing on the ground and an agonized screech from the beast as he hurried back to his feet.
To his surprise, the damage he had just inflicted upon the monster did not stun it for long. It shambled towards him in a maddened rage, lashing out once more with its talons…
If all goes to plan, I’ll have the book completed by the end of March, and after a few months of editing and publishing preparations, it’ll be available by August or September-ish. During that time I’ll be sure to post a couple more excerpts, so keep checking back if you’re interested!