The Shadow and the Sun No. 1 (#8Sunday)

I’m baaack and I have a new novel to pull from for Weekend Writing Warriors! I’ve missed the feedback and camaraderie of WeWriWa and can’t wait to see what everyone’s working on.

So, without further ado, here are the first eight sentences of The Shadow and the Sun.


“Winter’s come too soon, my friend.” Gethen slid his fingers through the thick, black coat of the wolf that walked beside him.

Where had all the rime and fog come from? He and the wolf wended their way through Ranith’s thick forest. The black oaks and silver pines were covered with spiky white hoarfrost, and the ground was hard and icy. Autumn had lost its color before it had fully bloomed; gone were the fiery golds, jewel reds, and dusty purples that he expected from the forest upon the tor called Kharayan. Instead, the woods and ruins were dark and forbidding, smothered by the unnatural, gray brume that seeped from the ground and the air.

“Much too early. I want to know why and how.”



I’m shooting for an early-March release for this one. It falls into the fantasy romance (medieval) and sword and sorcery genres. And here’s the book description:

Among the living or the dead, he’s never needed anything from anyone …

Shadow Mage Gethen is a powerful necromancer, keeper of the border between the living and the dead, and brother to the king of Besera. But with his dark powers failing and a vengeful entity attacking, Gethen should be happy when a formidable lady knight appears at his gates. He’s not. The price for her aid is steep—his allegiance in a war against his brother.

In battle or in bed, she’s never met a man she considered her match …

Militess Halina is undaunted by the threat of war between her country and neighboring Besera. She earned her titles by shedding blood and breaking bones. She uses her body to reward soldiers who serve her loyally, and to punish those who don’t. And Halina’s never met a man she couldn’t command or crush.

Until now.

Passion and power unexpectedly ignite when a blizzard traps Halina at Gethen’s citadel. With the evil entity’s onslaughts rapidly deteriorating Gethen’s sorcery, they have little time to understand their unexpected attraction. But could their passion be the key to defeating an ancient enemy that’s hell-bent on obliterating their world?


Thanks for reading and commenting. A little more tweaking and this sucker will be ready for publication. (It’ll feel good to have another novel out, finally!)

Please check out all the other WeWriWa snippets this week. Many great writers to be discovered and revisited!

By Monica Enderle Pierce

I'm a Seattle author of fantasy and science fiction books that have been called lyrical, powerful, and sensual. I trust readers to fill the gaps with their own imaginations.

  • Cara Bristol

    You are a master at creating setting.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you so much, Cara. Such a huge compliment! <3

  • Owllady

    Yay Monica has an excerpt for us! This one’s full of mood, and a gloomy one, and I like that 🙂 Looking forward to more!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! Thank you, Marcia. Dark and moody, just like I like my men. Oh, wait, not really. Those kind are so needy. 😉

  • That description is crazy-good. ~shivers~

    Welcome back, Monica–it’s so danged good to have you visit again!

    Another MEP book! You know I’m excited to read it. You write such great, strong heroines. 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Teresa! It’s sooo nice to be back among all the wonderful WeWa writers; this just the best support network. Don’t know why I stayed away for so long!

  • Veronica Scott

    The book sounds fascinating, with quite the unusual heroine. Enjoyed the excerpt – the description of the woods was marvelous!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Ah! Thank you, Veronica. Halina’s a ballbuster, but she definitely has her soft side. (Takes a little bit of coaxing, but it’s there, under all that armor.)

  • Ed Hoornaert

    I can picture the hoarfrost decorating the bushes and forest. It’s beautiful in its own right…but not if it killed autumn before its time.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Glad I’ve painted a clear picture for you, Ed. That hoarfrost’s just the beginning of Gethen’s troubles. 🙂

  • Steven Montano

    This is badass, Monica, as ever! Love it!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Why thank you, Steven. I aim to please, or at least be bad ass. LOL!

  • Charity Desmond

    This sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to what world you’ve created now <3

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Awww, thanks, Charity! I’m really enjoying these two characters. I hope you will, too! <3

  • Jessica E. Subject

    Very spooky! Yes, I’m curious as to what caused fall to leave so early? I love that time of year. 🙂