by Gail Z. Martin
Buddy flick epic fantasy! Joel Breckenridge and Garrett Kennard are King\’s Shadows, elite assassins serving the crown of Landria. When a shadowy itinerant holy man starts captivates the nobility with treasonous whispers, Ridge and Rett go rogue to stop the threat, save the kingdom and protect the king–while landing on the \’Most Wanted\’ list themselves.
Breaking glass and the crack of gunfire were Ridge’s signal to move, as Destwiler’s skull exploded from the matchlock’s shot, spattering the crate of weapons with blood and bone. The boy screamed in terror, a thin, shrill sound.
Ridge spun around, grabbing two throwing knives from the top of the stash in the box and had them hilt-deep in each guard’s ribs before their swords cleared their scabbards. He dropped the heavy crossbar to lock the door to the office, and dodged back to the box of weapons, reclaiming his own array of swords and knives before teasing out a long fuse from the bottom of the crate. Then he strode over to Destwiler’s corpse and pulled the key and its strap around what was left of the man’s head.
Ridge removed the warrant from inside his vest and read out the charges as required by law. “Roan Destwiler. By order of King Kristoph of Landria, you stand condemned of crimes against the kingdom and the throne too numerous to note, but most grievously the kidnapping of Kelvin, son of Thad, Lord of Wendover. You are sentenced to death, summary execution, without notice or reprieve.”
He rolled the warrant up and tucked it into Destwiler’s bloody vest, a formality. Ridge bent down to search Destwiler’s pockets, curling his lip at the still-warm blood that soaked the shoulders and sleeves of the man’s coat. He found a parchment note tucked beneath the vest and took it to read later.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH GAIL
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to read, and I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid. I loved books so much that I decided when I was 14 that I wanted to be the person writing the books that made other people happy!
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Hide! Landria is a scary place! Maybe I’d try to find Ridge and Rett and see if I could hire them for protection for the day!
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
Ridge hopes that he and Rett and Henri will live long enough to have the money to buy a country estate and retire to live the gentleman’s life. Rett hopes for that too, or if they don’t, they go down together so no one has to outlive the others.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I have the feeling that if I went out for drinks with Ridge and Rett, we’d end up fighting off bad guys. Maybe going out for a pint with Henri would give me the behind-the-scenes scoop!
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
Throw something and run out the back door!
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Never say never. All it takes is the right story idea. I didn’t think I could write short stories or novellas, and now I’ve done dozens of them. I thought I could only write huge epic fantasy novels, and lately the books—including Assassin’s Honor—have been at or under 300 pages. I’d never written urban fantasy, but my Deadly Curiosities and Sons of Darkness series worked out great. And I’d never done romance, but the books under my Morgan Brice pen name are getting good reviews. It’s all about finding the right story, and everything else takes care of itself.
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Vengeance is the second in the new Darkhurst epic fantasy series. Also new is The Dark Road, the second in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures series, and Assassin’s Honor (coming, October 2018), the first in the new Assassins of Landria series.
Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Tangled Web, and two new collections, Trifles & Folly, and Trifles & Folly 2.
Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, and the alternate history novel Iron & Blood and the Storm & Fury collection (co-authored with Larry N. Martin) She is also the co-author (with Larry) of the Mark Wojcik monster hunter series (Spells, Salt and Steel) and the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Cauldron/Secret Council series from Falstaff Books.
As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. New and upcoming books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, Badlands, and Lucky Town.
Find her at GailZMartin.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook, at her blog Disquieting Visions, and on Goodreads. She is also the organizer of the #HoldOntoTheLight Campaign. Join her email update and never miss a new release—plus get great free stories just for signing up!
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