In preparation for the release of my newest book, which will be published in December, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from Book One of Elithius!
A loud, terrifying scream sounds just outside our house, and an instant later I hear the front door get broken down. Cassie and Luke begin screaming with panic and horror and immediately I rush for the only decent weapon I own; the sword standing upright in the corner of my room.
With a surge of speed, I burst out of my room. They already have my siblings. Fear is the only thing empowering me as I stab one of the intruders in front of me. Only then do I acknowledge what I just attacked. It is a horrifying beast, black as the shadows in the room, standing like a man, but with horrible teeth and eyes, a grotesque face, and a large, muscular body. The room is filled with them. I immediately know what they are. They are Evil.
They begin dragging Cassie and Luke out of the house. I cry out to my siblings, raising my sword, but I am blocked by a horde of the beasts. The darkness is so thick around me, so dark I’ve never seen anything like it, as though the darkness is a black wall connecting the beasts, emanating from their skin. The way they move makes my head swim, like they keep multiplying and then vanishing into the darkness. Finally, I abandon caution and charge them, and two of them step out to meet me. One after another, I cut both of them down, reacting out of pure instinct. I hear my siblings scream from outside and I raise my head to look for them beyond our demolished front door. I see them with their arms outstretched for me, and then, all of a sudden, I feel pain erupt in my stomach.
And I gasp. Time freezes for a moment, and I grunt with alarm again, looking down at the blade sticking into my body. The blade retracts, and I release a quivering breath. Falling to the ground on my side, I watch as my blood pools beneath me, warm against my side. As I lay there,—sharp, burning pain running through me—I look up, seeing outside in the fading light of day a distinct figure: a beast with long, matted hair, and a red cape. Every Evil returns to his side, swarming about him. And I know that he is their leader.
Then they leave. Their cries sound for long, pain-filled moments after, and then they fade into silence. And all that’s left behind is blood and shadow.
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