From Winter’s Ashes
A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with the world to gain.
About the Story
Join Detective Heather Blackthorne in a world where everyone wields magic. It’s a world where you need a detective as quick with a spell as she is with her wits.
A necromancer forced Heather to watch as he butchered her husband and son, and then stole their bones. She thought it was the worst moment of her life. She was wrong.
It’s a year later, and with her life shattered and her career in ruins, Heather’s last shot at redemption has gone terribly wrong. She is sent in disgrace to the high North by the Church she serves. And what peace she can find in that quiet arctic outpost is quickly shattered, as her past comes hunting for more than just her family, this time.
Use every tool you have, Heather thought. Don’t just rely on magic. Your senses can tell you more.
Heather shut the door, and sagged back against it. Her eyes lingered on the fresh fireweed flowers in the vase, replaced daily, and lit gold by the sunset through the windows. Her feet hurt, and her skin felt tight from another day under the spring sun. A lingering...read more
Supper was better. At Marceline's insistence, Roland and Neela had joined them. Some fast talking and firm horse-trading with the kitchens saw a station turned over to them for an hour. Just long enough for Heather to lose herself gratefully in the rhythm of cooking...read more
Ramdas and Adeeva parted at the door to the church kitchens with an amicable kiss, and a tousle of both his sons hair. Turned loose on one of the walled gardens in the little basilica, the boys set to their roughhousing with a will, whooping and shouting as they swung...read more