Seventeen-year-old Heiren Delaire should’ve killed the captain before he sprouted claws.
As a peasant raised in the wretched slums of Andumir, she’s never set much store in fairytales. But now a creature from stories, the demon Arawn, has possessed the captain of the kingdom’s guard and slaughtered countless innocents, including Heiren's father. With Andumir falling and the nobles’ swords and spears doing nothing to quell Arawn’s fiery wrath, Heiren takes it upon herself to find a solution.
If demons are real, maybe the sword Erhistaut is, too. Legend tells that the demons forged it to store their powers before the star-born angels cast them to the sky. The sword is the only weapon that can exterminate the possessed captain before his unquenchable fire envelops the land in shadow.
Heiren just needs to find it.
THE DEMON SWORD is a 75,000-word fantasy novel for young adults. I have included the first 250 words below. Thank you for your time and attention.
THE DEMON SWORD
In the dim lamplight of the cabin, the man’s fingers curled around his dagger. He slammed its point into the edge of a piece of parchment, pinning it to the table.
In the shadows behind him, Heiren Delaire watched her father with uncertainty. The cold of the night raised goosebumps on her skin. She shivered. “What are you doing?”
He didn’t answer.
She clutched her arm with trembling fingers and stepped forward, letting her green eyes trail over the black ink as it curved and flowered into lakes, rivers, and mountains. A map. The tiny dashes trailed from her home in the
A trail to a sword of miracles.
Of course. Her father would be obsessed with a thing of legend. A sword that doesn’t even exist. “The map’s a fake, you know.” Heiren combed her tangled hair with calloused fingers, watching him. “I don’t understand why you bought it.”
Still he did not reply.
“You want to use the sword to bring Mother back, don’t you?”
He turned his head a little, and greasy black hair fell over his eyes. He listened now, she knew, but refused to acknowledge her. Like he did when he fell from his depression into one of his manic states. When he stopped listening to reason.
Heiren folded her arms.
"You're a fool if you think Erhistaut can bring back the dead. The demons forged it; why would they make it useful for anything good?"