After the Dragon. BooksforaBuck, 2008.
Trick’s in trouble. His wife has been murdered, his own family is hunting him down, and he teeters on the edge of suicide. When his cousin forces him to help a DarkElf, he welcomes the danger she brings.
But Mizzle is more than dangerous – she’s inhumanly beautiful and cruel and yet sometimes breathtakingly kind. Drawn to her despite himself, Trick is plunged into an adventure he hopes will give him the chance to avenge his wife…or get him killed.
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Here’s the opening lines of After the Dragon:
Trick held his sword lengthwise against his leg and kept walking. He knew he was being followed. He even knew who was following. This had been coming for a long time.
First I’ll be slammed against the wall, he thought. Then they’ll say something clever, and then–
They took him from behind and spun him into the wall. He went off it lightly but Randulf grabbed his shoulders and shoved him back against it.
‘Don’t you know it ain’t safe to walk the streets alone at night?’ Randulf said.
Not particularly clever after all. He rolled his eyes and got his head thumped into the wall. A bright explosion of light behind his eyes blinded him.
‘We’re sick of you thinking you’re too good for us, mate.’ Randulf looked behind him and the pack of men made a mutter of agreement.
Trick looked over at them as well and brought his sword up between Randulf’s legs. He saw them recoil, felt the bigger man freeze and suppressed a vicious surge of triumph.
‘Where did you get the idea I’m the victim of bullies?’ he asked…