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


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It’s been a busy few weeks since I last posted, so a reminder of where we last were in the book. Halina had unexpectedly arrived at Gethen’s citadel, much to his discontent. But she wasn’t intimidated by his dismissive attitude. And now we see our necromancer through our militess’s eyes:


Shadow_Sun_ebook_brightGethen of Ranith presented a formidable figure. He was broad across the shoulders, narrow at the waist, and long-legged. He wore his hair in the style of his homeland’s men, cropped close on the sides but left longer on top, and he sported the shadow of a beard. The silver dusting his thick, black hair defied a youthful face but affirmed his haunted, hard expression; she’d heard that the mages aged quickly, their lives consumed by their own dark magic.

He moved with economy and power, and Halina, court-born and having served in the king’s army for two decades, recognized him as a man trained for warfare and command. But it was Gethen’s dark gray eyes that both fascinated and warned her. He assessed her as a wolf does a stag — potential meal, potential danger. It was much the same way she studied him.


The Shadow & The Sun is now available for pre-order on Amazon, for only $0.99 until 4/29. (Hint-hint, nudge-nudge.)

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.

  • Ed Hoornaert

    I love how you characterized the manner in which they sized up each other. Way cool.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Ed! They’re equally stubborn and dangerous. A matched set, much to their discontent.

  • Peter Vialls

    I love the final line – outlines the relationship between the two very effectively.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Peter. They definitely butt heads!

  • Steven Montano

    Terrific character portrait!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Steven. 😀

  • This is an incredible description and says almost as much about Halina herself.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Aw, thank you, Christina. So glad you like it!

  • Owllady

    Wonderful description! Leaves no doubt as to how both characters view each other, yet this is as far from bland as you can get.


    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Marcia! It’s impossible to be bland with Halina and Gethen. LOL!

  • T. M. Hunter

    Great description…enjoyed it. I liked the comparison to a wolf, and I think the problem mages have with their dark magic aging them is the same phenomenon that I see at work.Ha. 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! So true, T.M. Day job’s can be as soul sucking as necromancy!

  • Rachel Sanderson

    It really seems that they’ve met their match in one another! A great descriptions that gives so much information about the characters while keeping up a cracking pace.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Rachel! Pacing can be such a challenge when there’s no action happening, right. Glad it works for you. 😀

  • Siobhan Muir

    Great description of wary scrutiny, Monica. Good snippet. 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Siobhan! Definitely wary. 🙂

  • Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds like they’ll be an interesting match. Great excerpt and all the best with your upcoming release!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Jessica. I’m nervous as all hell. This is the first time I’ve specifically targeted the romance community with one of my books. Got my fingers crossed that they like it.

      • Jessica E. Subject

        I still get nervous with every release. If you want to send me a media kit, I can post a spotlight on my blog. 🙂

        • Monica Enderle Pierce

          Thank you, Jessica! I’ll definitely take you up on that offer. You’re so thoughtful! <3

  • Love the characterization and insights. We learned a lot about both characters through her inner dialogue. Great snippet!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Gotta make every word count, right?

  • Amazing description. Gethen sounds very intense. Good luck with release day!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Heather! Halina and Gethen are equally intense characters and have been a lot of fun to develop. 😀

  • Awesome description, and that last line was awesome. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I love the cover! It reminds me of Elise Kova’s FIRE FALLING, which is always a good thing. 🙂 Great work!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Oooh, that *is* a good thing, Amy! Thank you! 😀

  • Aurora Springer

    Potential meat! Oh boy!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Om-nom-nom! LOL!

  • Cecilia Corona

    Not only does this story sound amazing and that snippet just pull me in more, I also am super obsessed with the cover. Pre Ordering as we speak!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Cecilia! I do hope you enjoy Gethen and Halina! 😀

  • Linda Hamonou

    Interesting encounter. They seem to have things in common even if it’s not stated.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      You are very observant, Linda. 😀

  • P.T. Wyant

    Great description — and I love that last line!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, P.T. One of my better moments. 😀

  • Joyce Scarbrough

    I usually don’t like a lot of description, but this really characterizes them both, and the ending is spectacular! Great job! Looking forward to finding out more about both of them.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Joyce! Description is such a balancing act. I’m glad this works for you. 😀

  • You can really write the characters, Monica. Fantastic description of him–and perfect the way the last line turned the tables. 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Teresa! Mwah!

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