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.
A four-horse carriage sat in the middle of the forest road. Inside the carriage, a woman fingered her crossbow in irritation. Afternoon sun filtered emerald through the leaves of the forest overhead cast dappled light and shadow along the road. She peeked through the...read more
Afterword Keith Aksland: So I’ve not really been much of a one for putting my voice out there in this project, but this has been an important enough year that I’d like to change that. Co-writing From Winter’s Ashes has been amazing for me, on a lot of levels. The...read more
On the spring-greened ocean, a forest of masts and sails stretched from horizon to horizon. Heather stood atop the southern wall of the fortress, breathless in the stiff, cold wind off the sea. She’d begun counting from west to east, minutes ago. She’d lost count somewhere past two hundred.read more