A bit about the epic fantasy novel I’ve been writing:
Talvrez’s first mistake was believing he couldn’t be a hero. His second was believing his brother could.
Talvrez is a reluctant, vigilante assassin. There’s never been a worse time to be the one duty-bound to kill anyone predicted to be afflicted with the Shadow—a dark magic that turns its victims into vicious, monstrous echoes of themselves. A magic that’s growing. Talvrez is supposedly protecting his people, but cutting their throats in the dead of night has never felt like protection. He’ll do whatever it takes to be rid of the oath that binds him to his work.
Enter his brother, Jasten. Good-hearted, cheery as the sun on a summer’s day, and blissfully unaware of Talvrez’s work, Jasten is the only person who has a chance of eradicating the Shadow. Talvrez can train him to do so, but it means turning Jasten into a lying, savage miscreant. And a dangerous one at that. Not exactly what Talvrez has been fighting for all these years. Even so, Talvrez is just desperate enough to be rid of his oath to think about risking it. Besides, if anyone can go down this road without becoming the villain, it’s Jasten.
But Jasten discovers a tantalizing secret: that magic can be stolen from the bones of the dead. Killing your friend just become rewarding. It’s everything Talvrez has been trying to prevent, and if he’s wrong about Jasten, he’ll have to choose between leaving his world to the devastation of the Shadow, or destroying the brother he still believes in.
A nightmare is awakening in the bones of the island’s inhabitants. A nightmare not even a hero can stop.
But then, Talvrez has never been a hero.
I’m currently seeking representation for my completed 123,000 word novel, IF SHADOWS SPOKE.