"Good Ol' Fashioned Fantasy Castle Siege: Strong writing, good world-building with all the terminology and the different gods, conflicted characters, ever-changing plot, intrigue, betrayal, and all the goodies of a good vs. evil battle." ~ Becky
[Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Castle Siege, Epic Battle]
Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.
Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.
Lyram is the son of a duke and third in line for the throne. Hell bent on drowning his grief for his murdered wife in a whiskey bottle, Lyram is ill-equipped to deal with the arrival of a mysterious army. When the castle comes under siege, he believes his prince is behind it, only to have his fears dismissed as the paranoia of a grief-stricken drunkard by those closest to him. He dare not even voice aloud his suspicions of the prince’s involvement in his wife’s murder.
Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay—a necromancer with a personal interest in using Lyram for his own nefarious purposes.
As the siege lengthens, and with the identity of the necromancer unknown, Lyram finds his faith in those closest to him undermined by treachery and sabotage. Not knowing who he can trust, he turns to the one person whose honesty is unimpeachable – the Left Hand of Death herself.
Caught up in their pursuit of vengeance, and desperately trying to save themselves from both political machinations and clashing gods, Ellaeva and Lyram never realise that the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.
More Praise for "In the Company of the Dead":
"From the start, Ballintyne builds a world round us, with enough detail to really make you feel as though you have stepped into the world. It doesn't stop there. We are also given a cast of characters, who fit the plot, but also fit themselves. They are whole, and created entirely perfect. We are given personalities that match their actions, descriptions so that we can feel as though we are standing next to them and even enough that I truly feel I know the sound of their voice." ~ Natural_bri
"Ciara Ballintyne writes adventurous tales that revel in their sense of sheer fun, and IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD takes that to a proper battlefield-sized fantasy." ~ Ken Hughes
"An epic tale of fantasy, death and betrayal. A very long book, though it is worth reading every page." ~ PJ Lea
"In the Company of the Dead" by Ciara Ballintyne
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in "The Sundered Oath" series of dark epic fantasies. [DRM-Free]
Books by Ciara Ballintyne:
- In the Company of the Dead
- On the Edge of Death
- Confronting the Demon
- Stalking the Demon
More Great Fantasy from Evolved Publishing:
- Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel
- Shadow Swarm by D. Robert Pease
- The Soulbound Curse by Kira A. McFadden
- The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich