The Shadow & The Sun No. 6 (#8Sunday)


Hi Friends! It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for more Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday posts. And more Halina and Gethen from The Shadow & The Sun.

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Last week we saw more of Halina with her soldiers, so let’s get to know Gethen a bit better. He’s Quoregna’s Shadow Mage, a necromancer who’s responsible for keeping the dead and dark spirits of the Void from entering the living world. We last left him getting ready to cross the Voidline. This scene comes after his return. The trip didn’t go so well, and his servants, Noni and Magod (her adult son) found Gethen unconscious in the forest.


Noni held his head and crooned like the mother he barely remembered. Gethen pushed up to his hands and knees and cursed. This transition was going to kill him. Pain pounded his skull, trying to beat his eyeballs out from the inside. Noni tutted, but he shoved her hands away. “Enough,” he rasped. “I’m not a child.”

“Pissed your trouzes like one,” Magod said.

Gethen glared at his servant. “Remind me to gut you when I’ve recovered my strength.”


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.

  • Cara Bristol

    Love the dialog between him and his servants. Also like the line, “Pain pounded his skull, trying to beat his eyeballs out from the inside.” Good snippet!

  • Jessica E. Subject

    Yikes! I felt like my head was pounding, too. Great snippet! 🙂

  • Hahaha that dialogue was awesome. Fantastic snippet!

  • Steven Montano

    Great exchange! I’m going to use that last line with co-workers and unruly children! (Just kidding…or *am* I…?)

  • Owllady

    I had to laugh at how this excerpt starts with Noni holding his head and crooning, then ends with a bit of sniping! Am really enjoying these excerpts.


  • Veronica Scott

    Yeah, those motherly servants can play havoc with a big tough warrior LOL. Well done excerpt!

  • Too funny! I LOVE that exchange between Gethen and Magod! Outstanding writing, Monica. 🙂

  • Ed Hoornaert

    He may be godly, but his sphincters aren’t. Ah well, Achilles had his heals…

  • P.T. Wyant

    Love his snarkiness. And that his servant isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.

  • Daelyn Morgana

    Lmao! “Remind me to gut you…” Oh that is something I can picture one of my character’s retorting back. Actually, the stubborn attitude to insist he’s fine is just like her, too. I love that kind of sass and snark. Great descriptions!

  • Linda Hamonou

    I don’t know if it’s because of the pain or what but Gethen doesn’t seem like the nicest character in the forest.

  • Jeff Tsuruoka

    Nice little exchange. You’ve got that gallows humor of the soldier just right.

  • Siobhan Muir

    LOL great last line! 😀

  • Emmy Gatrell

    Great snippet. The last line made me chuckle.