Just 9 days until my newest release, so I’m switching from my prequel short story – “The Maiden in the Tower,” a retelling of Rapunzel – to Book 1: Captive and the Cursed, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
The story opens with our buddy Storm, about 15 years after he rescued his true love from a tower.
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It took all Storm Llanfaell’s willpower to keep from singing and dancing across the cobblestones as he made his way alongside the icy docks of Karjaland’s capital city, Alrikstad. He’d learned long ago that the best way to blend in was to pretend to belong; looking furtive or overly jubilant only drew attention. Tonight, however, when he needed to fit in more than ever, he wasn’t fearful of being recognized. Tonight, he was untouchable.
He tried to avoid patterns unless he wanted to be noticed, never frequenting the same establishments, but tonight called for an exception. He entered his favorite tavern, the Iron Lance Inn, a small nondescript building shouldering the other taverns, and dropped a handful of coins on the bar counter.
“Drinks, Brita!” he called to the proprietress.
“Storm!” A middle-aged woman, her face still youthful despite streaks of gray in her dark hair, set down the tankard she’d been drying and hurried over to plant a kiss on his cheek. “I didn’t know you were in Alrikstad.”
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And here’s the rest of that scene:
“Only a short time, on business. I leave in the morning, but I couldn’t go without stopping by to see my favorite barmaid.”
She shot him a smile that stopped before it reached her eyes. “Be careful, Storm,” she said in a low voice. “Word is that the king’s curse is spreading beyond his court, and the whole city is on edge.”
“I’m always careful, my dear.”
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About Captive and the Cursed:
She must choose: follow her head or follow her heart?
Nyah’s merchant father raised her and her younger sister Payton on tales of treasure and excitement, but after he returns home from his latest trip addle-minded, Nyah must put aside her dreams of adventure and focus on more practical matters, like her betrothal to the illiterate son of the village chief. But when a roving band of barbarians kidnap Payton and the village leaders do nothing to rescue her, Nyah has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. She offers herself in her sister’s place, doomed to travel with the barbarian army until their price is paid.
The army is led by Brandulfur, a man who suffers from a hideous, painful curse. Although he’s officially in her country to aid his childhood friend in raising an army to support the king, he’s on a personal quest for the book that holds the cure for his curse – a book that Nyah soon realizes her father stole from him.
Determined to return to her family, she’ll need all the allies she can get. But no one is who they seem, including the people closest to her. She’ll have to make hard choices if she wants her life to be the same as before – but is that even what she wants anymore?
Captive and the Cursed is the first book in a series of fairy tales retold in a world of Vikings. If you like sassy heroines, adventures spanning the medieval world, and a touch of romance, you’ll love The Heartsbane Saga, E.D. Martin’s new historical fantasy series.
I love the retelling of old tales and this one sounds delicious! Looking forward to more teases.
Thanks! I’ve had a lot of fun with it.
Nice hook, E.D. And great descriptive writing. It put me in the scene. I am looking forward to reading this! :-)
I’m curious what makes him feel able to set normal caution aside right now? I’ve got a feeling that will lead to trouble.
It’s arrogance, pure and simple – and it’s a fairy tale, so lots of trouble is on the way.
Hmm, yes, why would he think he’s untouchable? This scene really drew me in.
Maybe some narcissism thrown in too. :)
Intriguing snippet and the blurb definitely makes me want to read the book, lots going on. A very atmospheric and enticing excerpt!
Oh, I have a feeling someone is watching him right now. Was this a careless move? Such an intriguing snippet!
What happened to make him feel untouchable and throw caution to the wind? Your descriptions sucked me in. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Enjoyed this a lot.
Uh oh. He’d better stop calling attention to himself if he’s trying to fly under the radar.
Pride always comes before the fall. Unless he wants the attention.
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