Category: Darklaw

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Darklaw Compendium – Character Portraits

Read the DARKLAW Web Serial on this websiteRead the DARKLAW E-Book at Amazon Creator Notes Click the image to see it HUGE in all its glorious detail. I spent a lot of time getting Avestine’s…

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Darklaw – New Edition Cover Rook Detail

Rook’s focus could shift in a blink from what he saw to what he believed without the burden of acknowledging the difference. Like the architecture of a solemn temple, his rugged face nuanced severity in…

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Darklaw – New Edition Cover Kami Detail

Before she was ten, she had seen more lust and violence than most people ever do, and was more confused about the difference. As often as she tried, as often as she had seen it,…

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Darklaw – Compendium Edition Cover Background

You’re wrong, you know. Some people are innocent. I know because I’ve killed many of them. Avestine (Darklaw) Creator Notes I’m working on the cover for the new edition of Darklaw. The new edition (3rd)…

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Darklaw – New Edition Cover Avestine Detail

“I won’t ask you to be anything other than what you are. And you must not ask that of me.” Avestine (Darklaw) Excerpt from “In the Shadows of Gods” AVESTINE rose to power through ruthless…

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Darklaw – Epilogue

FIERCE BLUE EYES studied the ancient castle. Although the instincts of a wolf had served her for nearly fifty years, they couldn’t take the measure of the man protected by those stone towers. Who was…

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Darklaw – Episode 88

Avestine turned back to stare out at the sea. She felt empty. What else could she feel when no questions remained? When she would outlast anything she built or any child she bore? When she had all eternity to relive childhood horrors and recollect her own?

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Darklaw – Episode 87

Kami would always love the ceremonial moments of unbridled passion, but Avestine thought Kami would come to hate being a god. Worshippers. Ceremonies. Supplications. The needy would find her. The weak would seek her. The strong would claim her as their own. A god can’t hide.

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Darklaw – Episode 86

“You believe the prophecy of the Elumen, don’t you? My father had the Elumen impaled because he was afraid of them, not because he thought them liars. He wouldn’t let me near a man, and you know what he did to my brother.”

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Darklaw – Episode 85

The dark sky held the nearly-full face of Mon, white as the mountainside. Adonja’s voluptuous body was purple-black and held the sparkling stars, as well as a few wispy strands of clouds. The world was alive when she could look at it without the intrusion of the ambitious souls of the Architect’s generation.

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Darklaw – Episode 84

She managed the distance most efficiently flying, so she maintained her falcon form until she reached the temple at the top of the world. A race of nomads built the white granite marvel. Traces of many gods remained in the architecture, but the men who now held the temple were worshipers of Adonja, the Sky, and her three children—Coth, Arujan, and Katan.

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Darklaw – Episode 83

AVESTAR STEPPED BACKWARD around the tree and ran. Kami didn’t worry about losing him. She worried when the soldiers regained their courage. She leapt to a branch just as a spear sailed between her legs…

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Darklaw – Episode 82

AFTER LEAVING THE battle on the beach, Kami had wandered down the coast for some time before she grew hungry. She waded into the sea and caught a blue fish. It flopped in her lap…

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Darklaw – Episode 81

“SWARM OF FLYING ants, Excellency.” He kept his head bowed as he spoke. “Weren’t no mounds. Just flies.” Avestine stretched and peered under the man’s collar to see the bite marks stopped there. “Where did…

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Darklaw – Episode 80

“THAT IS WHAT I think, Your Grace.” After a moment, he added, “Unless you want me to think something else.” She thought she might enjoy seeing how far she could push him. “Have something to…

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Darklaw – Episode 79

WHILE AVJAKAR LEGIONS marched along the Wealth River, the Sovereignty sailed for Illusion Bay. Avestine didn’t have the forces to meet both at the same time, so she decided to deal with the Sovereignty first…

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Darklaw – Episode 78

BUT IT DIDN’T take a week. Three days later, Rook called Avestine to a lower room of the palace, where guards laid a stone, Wald swore his oath, and Avestine took his hands. Avestine had…

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Darklaw – Episode 77

GERARD’S SCOUTS CONTINUED to report a steady advancement of the forces allied against them. Avestine was content to let the armies exert themselves in the forests and along the Wealth, but she deployed her ships…

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Darklaw – Episode 76

KAMI GLANCED BACK at the bed. The bedposts had ends carved like leaping fish. She frowned but couldn’t look away as her eyes roamed the voluptuous contours of the smooth wood and her body tingled…

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Darklaw – Episode 75

AVESTINE’S EYES WIDENED, then narrowed, then eased. “There was a time when I was the one you worshipped.” Kami smiled. “I still do.” She slid her arms beneath the loose band of Avestine’s linen pants….

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Darklaw – Episode 74

AVESTINE GLANCED AROUND at all the men watching her. She stared at Rook and ordered Gerard to remove everyone. When guards came for Rook, she stopped them. “He stays. Gerard, you, too.” When the guards…

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Darklaw – Episode 73

KAMI WAS ONE of the first off the ship. As soon as her feet hit dirt, she fell to her knees and let all of her senses run free, but she didn’t wallow long. A…

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Darklaw – Episode 72

KAMI DIDN’T LIKE ships. She didn’t have the stomach for it and spent the first days on deck vomiting over the rail. Rook insisted she focus on the shoreline, but it didn’t help. All that…

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Darklaw – Episode 71

SHE ARRIVED NEAR the shore at Agate Bay within a few days, curiosity winning out over caution. She had been sure the presence she tracked was Avestar, but the closer she got to him, the…

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Darklaw – Episode 70

DAYS BLURRED INTO each other, but Kami had made a calendar with a stick. She put a notch in it for each day and kept the stick in her belt because she knew days would…

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Darklaw – Episode 69

SOMEHOW, KAMI FOUND her way out of the city before Rook could speak to Avestine. The guards swore no one had passed, and when Avestine came looking for Rook because she was looking for Kami,…

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Darklaw – Episode 68

KAMI ATE LUNCH with Rook at a courtyard gazebo. Avestine was dining with the rest of her senior staff in the public hall, pointedly showing her disdain for the previous attack. “You’re not hungry?” asked…

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Darklaw – Episode 67

AFTER SUNRISE, ROOK escorted Wald from the room while Avestine sat with Gerard at his table. She had food brought. He wasn’t hungry and seemed tired. He loosened his tight robe so that his arm…

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Darklaw – Episode 66

AVESTINE HAD FALLEN asleep at her table and awoke with a start. She raised her head and pain shot down her back. She rubbed her neck. She was alone. She heard nothing, not even the…

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Darklaw – Episode 65

ROOK AND AVESTINE shared a look of astonishment before Avestine asked, “How can this be happening without my knowing about it?” “You don’t have anyone watching Wald,” replied Rook. “He comes and goes as he…