Had great fun at Toronto Comic Con this weekend!
Here is a teaser from my upcoming novel in the Domains of the Chosen series.
Yoka of Jaguar waited on the high bluff with twenty warriors. He could see above the treeline, and knew that one of his fellows was communication with the rest of the clan, using flashes of light from an enchanted stone. Soon it would be dark and the hunt would begin; Yoka would call forth the spirit of the river ripper and kill the outlanders. If he helped kill a Chosen, Gotka would reward him.
“I hear Riritaka is with them,” said one of his fellows.
“She is,” said another. “Gotka wants the traitor alive. She will enjoy the seven sufferings for her trespass.”
“That seems harsh, even for him,” said the first voice. “She acted according to tradition, and nearly bested him.”
“Do not let Gotka hear you say that,” said the second.
Yoka tensed, seeing strange movement in the jungle at the bottom of the bluff. It was unlikely that the outlanders would come here, but not impossible. Perhaps it was just a spider, watching to see if they were unwary, hoping for a meal. The movement was repeated, but nothing appeared. Yoka was about to call on his bound spirit and sound the alarm when a fat canopy spider crawled out of the underbrush along the path. It moved lethargically, but did not appear to be coming up the bluff. Yoka should have ignored it, and would have, but for the warning in the back of his mind.
There was something strange about that spider. He stared at the arachnid as it rested in the sun could not fathom why it bothered him.
He was about to sound the alarm when a figure appeared at his side, jamming a knife through his temple, bringing darkness. Yoka had found his quarry.