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Hammer of the Gods is sooo close to being done! ARC copies should go out sometimes next week. If you’re interested in getting one, you can sign up here. You can see the blurb below the snippet.
You met King Lennart of Estenor a few weeks ago, when he was asking Gwynneth’s advice on how to keep from intimidating his young bride. Now he’s got the bride-Raysa- and is trying to bond with her. Unfortunately, they have very little in common, and she’s painfully shy. Lennart’s making an effort, so he’s gone into the garden, where Raysa is playing the lute, surrounded by her ladies-in-waiting. Slightly edited.
He took a seat on a cushion across from Raysa and gave an encouraging nod. Raysa met his eyes briefly, then went back to playing. When she finished, Lennart said, “Very nice,” though it had just been a lot of tinny, mournful plucking. Not the least bit merry, like the drinking songs he enjoyed. He turned to the ladies and said, “I’d like to speak to the queen alone.”
They scurried out of the pavilion, exchanging meaningful glances. He wondered how he might get rid of them for good. Perhaps he could draft them into the military.
“I’m sorry,” Raysa said, when the others were out of earshot, though they still stood far too close for his liking, staring and whispering. “They’re dreadfully silly.”
Looks like they might have found some common ground!
Previous snippets are here.
Hammer of the Gods blurb:
A war-ravaged continent. An epic battle for power. An endless chain of betrayals . . .
In her quest for dominance, Teodora will destroy everything in her path.
Kendryk and Gwynneth enjoy their reunion and look to the future, laying plans to regain their home. But all their hopes rest on King Lennart’s invasion.
Determined to overthrow Teodora and everything she stands for, Lennart finds himself thwarted by an unlikely opponent as he gathers allies. While he struggles to gain the upper hand, Teodora must repay a debt which will alter her life forever.
Unmoored in his grief, Braeden risks everything in an ill-fated bid for revenge; Anton struggles to make a new life for himself while forced to fight for the enemy; and Elektra gathers her forces, determined to be Empress someday— if she can survive long enough.
The Desolate Empire, Christina Ochs’ epic fantasy series, continues in Book 3: Hammer of the Gods.