The Shadow & The Sun No. 5 (#8Sunday)


Helloooo! Are you back for more Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday posts? Do you crave more Halina and Gethen from The Shadow & The Sun? Me, too!
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Last week I failed miserably to get to everyone’s blogs and leave comments. I’m sorry, guys. I’ll try to be better this week.

Today’s snippet returns to our lovely Militess Halina, Margrave of Khara. We last saw her dueling with her soldiers and getting her knuckles smacked ’cause she was mouthing off instead of paying attention to her opponent. Today’s snippet jumps ahead a few sentences and picks up after Thaksin (her captain) ribs her about her missing fingers. (War wounds: Halina’s missing a third of her pinkie and half of her ring finger on her left hand.)


“I have fingers enough for this.” She saluted him rudely then lunged and scored on his chest. “And to kill you.” She flipped her auburn hair over her shoulders. It had come loose of its braids again.

Thaksin tsk-tsked and raised his sword. “A cheater’s point, Your Ladyship?”

“Death obeys no rules.” Her next cut came from above and swept down diagonally, fast and powerful as she tried to break his guard.


Indeed, it does not. And Halina’s seen enough of death to know the truth of that.


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?


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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.

  • “Death obeys no rules.” Love that!! I can hardly wait to read this, Monica! 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Teresa! It’s gone off for copy editing, so very soon I’ll be looking for ARC readers. I’m so nervous-cited!

      • Please count me in for ARC readers. 🙂 !

        • Monica Enderle Pierce

          Oh! I will! Thank you, Teresa! I so appreciate that. 😀 <3

  • Kim Magennis

    I love her Attitude!
    Great to hear your publishing progress!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Kim! eARCs verrry soon!

  • Cara Bristol

    She’s one kick-ass heroine!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      She is, Cara! But she meets her match in Gethen. 😀

  • Jessica E. Subject

    Oh, I love her attitude, too! A great snippet! 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Jessica. Halina’s definitely a bruiser and so much fun to write!

  • Steven Montano

    Great description and dialogue, Monica! And, yeah, she’s got a point. ;D

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      And she’s not afraid to use it. LOL! Thanks, Steven. 😀

  • Stephanie Ingram

    She has spunk! Love it. 🙂 Great snippet. I am looking forward to reading more.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Stephanie! I’m excited to have people read more!

  • Aurora Springer

    This story sounds exciting! She makes a formidable opponent.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Aurora. Halina’s a powerhouse. She even manages to make my necromancer nervous. LOL!

  • Joyce Scarbrough

    Gotta love a smart-mouthed redhead, no matter how many fingers she’s missing! Great snippet. 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! Well put, Joyce! Thanks for commenting!

  • I might have said this last week- but she is awesome! So dynamic!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Aw, thanks, Christina! I love Halina, too. She’s a fiery one!

  • Elaine Cantrell

    It might not have been a good idea to tease her!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Definitely not, Elaine. Definitely not. LOL

  • Veronica Scott

    Tough people indeed. Very believable dialog and action – excellent excerpt.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Veronica! Halina’s definitely tough; maybe too much time hanging out with the fellas.

  • S. A. Hoag

    I hope Halina can back up her tough talk!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Oh, she definitely can, and has all the scars to prove it. 😀

  • Bonnie Gill

    I love a kick butt chick. I think it’s cool that she’s missing fingers but doesn’t let that handicap her. Rick on girlfriend!
    Loved the snippet.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! Thanks, Bonnie. Halina’s definitely hard to stop. 😀

  • P.T. Wyant

    “Death obeys no rules.” — I love that line!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, P.T. It’s a very “Halina” thing to say. 🙂

  • Lots of great action and good description. /definitely intrigues

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Chelle! 😀

  • So, Halina is officially a badass in my books. Definitely a character I want to follow and know more about. Great writing! 😀

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Aww, thank you, Amy. She’s a fun character to write. 😀

  • Ed Hoornaert

    Always glad to make the acquaintance of another writer of science fiction and romance!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Agreed! I’m trying to get more romance into my novels these days. Always balancing action, suspense, and romance. 😀 (And I love your effing cat. I have two of those!)

  • Shan Jeniah Burton

    I love her attitude. And that she can easily take it too far… which of course makes for an even better story.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Shan! 😀

  • Daelyn Morgana

    “Death obeys no rules”… I love that! So true. I wonder what kind of battle she got the war wound in.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      A very brutal one, Daelyn. She’s a swordswoman and has many scars to show for it. The missing fingers aren’t the worst wound Halina’s received.

  • Linda Hamonou

    He’d better be careful. She is deadly serious!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Indeed. And she’s his boss!

  • Cecilia Corona

    Death Obeys No Rules…love that line.

  • Siobhan Muir

    Great snippet, Monica! I love that she knows the “bad guys” don’t play by rules or fairly.