The Shadow & The Sun No. 4 (#8Sunday)

wewriwa_square_1Annnnd, I’m back! (Like that rash you told your mom had totally cleared up.) It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, and you know that means more Halina and Gethen and The Shadow & The Sun!
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Today’s snippet continues with The Shadow & The Sun. We return to the first chapter and Gethen.


Warmth and the steady pulse of the wolf’s strong heart flowed into Gethen, and deep within his own body, magic stirred. But it didn’t caress his muscles and mind with the ease and eagerness of a street whore, as it had not so long ago. Gethen’s power—the Shadow Mage’s power—had become as reluctant as a virgin and as meek as a baby.

The black wolf kept its keen amber gaze on him and sat as he knelt beside it. “I’ll only take as much as I need,” the Shadow Mage said, and the wolf closed its eyes. “And I’ll stay with you until you’re strong again.”

He ran his fingers through the animal’s coarse guard hairs, leaving a faint trail of green sparks. Beneath his strong, pale hand, the wolf’s silver spirit shimmered and with a small tug, the power that resided within the animal flowed into the man.


There. If you read last week’s snippet, you’ll notice how opposite Gethen and Halina are. Opposites attract? Maybe so, but there’s a lot of fire and sparks in the meeting. Guaranteed.


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. Please check out all the other WeWriWa and Snippet Sunday participants this week. Many great writers and books to be discovered!

Illustration © 2016 Qistina Khalidah

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.

  • Steven Montano

    I love the juxtaposed details in the first paragraph (whore vs. virgin), and the tone and prose throughout flows effortlessly. Fabulous as ever, Monica!

  • Owllady

    Great read even for a short excerpt! I expected some kind of tension, some anger on his part with the realization that his power wasn’t as strong as it used to be–but the way the scene unfolded was effective. I like both main characters for different reasons 🙂


  • Kim Magennis

    I agree that the parallels between magic and prostitution is very subtle and clever. Nicely done, Monica!

  • Nice description of his feelings and the beginnings of transformation.

  • Cara Bristol

    Love your metaphors. You write so well.

  • Completely mesmerizing scene, Monica. And so easy to visualize. Time slowed when I read it. How did you do that?

  • Veronica Scott

    Smooth excerpt, loved all the tiny details like the fur and the sparks. I definitely want to read all of this!

  • Ed Hoornaert

    I loved how you described the way his power flowed.

  • Linda Hamonou

    Really cool magic. I can’t wait to see more.

  • P.T. Wyant

    Curious as to why his power is waning.

  • Emmy Gatrell

    Very intrigued. Great snippet and can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • Joyce Scarbrough

    His tender, compassionate handling of the wolf to coax the magic fit perfectly with the earlier comparison to a virgin. Excellent snippet!

  • Siobhan Muir

    Great description of the connection, Monica. And the bears, well, spring is “bearly” here and we all needed a laugh. 😀

  • T. M. Hunter

    Great snippet…love the prose, especially in that first paragraph.

  • ED Martin

    I like the way you used the little details to explain his magic. Great snippet!

  • Jennifer Reynolds

    Great snippet. 🙂

  • Daelyn Morgana

    Wow! This sounds interesting! Love the descriptions and analogy of the street whore to baby. But I’m also curious why his power is waning.

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