Today we’re pleased to bring you the latest from best-selling fantasy author, TC Southwell, including extracts from her latest book that have never been seen before. Enjoy!
The archangel Majelin has been imprisoned and tortured in the underworld of Sherinias’ domain for five centuries. Eventually, his light will die and he will fall to the darkness. Whispers of a tar’merin travelling with Kayos have reached Airedene, the Sacred City of Angels, giving Sarmalin hope that her husband might be saved, and she goes to plead with the Demon Lord.
The archangel is in a chamber warded against dark gods, however, so Bane must enter it powerless, or Majelin will die. Bane is forced to use the shadows when demon guardians attack, triggering the trap. He follows the archangel into the underworld’s depths to protect him, and they fall into a hidden world inhabited by legendary beings from the Times of Reckoning.
Many of Bane’s powers do not work there, and his attempts to escape fail, but if he does not return to Sherinias’ domain in time, the dark gods he cast down will rise again and enslave the child goddess. He must find a way out, but the further he travels and the more he learns about the hidden realm, the more he fears that he is in a prison created by a Grey God, and there is no way out…
The Author on When Angels Fall
1. What’s your favourite line in When Angels Fall?
There are a number of lines I really enjoy, but I’d have to say my favourite is when Bane says to the black priest, “Do not think. You are clearly ill-suited to it. You intended to sacrifice an innocent, and that offends me, so you can go to Hell.”
2. You’ve introduced some new characters in this book. Which is your favourite and why?
The archangel, Majelin, is my favourite. He’s a tough guy who’s been through hell – literally – and his relationship with Bane is a little different because of it. Sometimes sparks fly.
3. Does When Angels Fall end on a cliff hanger like some of the other books in the series?
Not really. I don’t want to spoil the book for readers, but I don’t think the ending will leave them on tenterhooks.
4. What was the relationship between Bane and Majelin like?
Bane likes Majelin, despite the fact that he finds angels annoying, and, he’s now discovered, archangels are particularly irritating. He admires Majelin’s courage, even though he thinks it’s foolhardy. Majelin hates what Bane is – a dark god – yet likes him as a person, even if a rather surly one. Their relationship is complicated, due to their dissimilar personalities and the unfortunate circumstances that brought them together.
5. Have you started writing Book 9 in the Demon Lord series yet?
Yes, I have, although it’s possible I’ll switch to writing another book in one of my other series if I get a different channel.
Review by Vanessa Finaughty
This latest offering from Southwell, filled with the usual action and adventure fans have come to expect from this author, will keep you reading long past your bedtime. It’s another entertaining read that won’t disappoint Demon Lord fans, and you’ll meet some new and interesting characters in this book, such as the archangel Majelin, whose wife pleas with Bane to rescue her husband, trapped in the underworld.
The rescue goes a bit wrong, trapping Bane and Majelin in another, bizarre realm, the likes of which he’s never encountered before – nor has he come across the strange beings that inhabit the realm, deadly to a mortal dark god.
I recommend this book to all Southwell fans, and, if you haven’t already sampled this author’s writing, strongly suggest that you read the first book in this series, which you can download for free.
Excerpt from When Angels Fall
Bane wrote a shadowy runic sequence in the air and spoke their names in a whispery voice, then motioned at the cliff. The runes shot into the stone with a puff of dust, forming a line of chiselled symbols filled with black fire. Bane stepped back as some of the runes on the cliff face glowed soft blue. Lines of them lighted and dimmed all along it, disappearing into the haze on both sides as his command sparked a reaction from the white wards. Perhaps, if the power source that fed them had not been so depleted, his disarming might not have worked. These were not true boundary wards, which could not be disarmed; they merely hid the realm and blocked everything that tried to get out and much of what sought to get in, save Kayos’ Eye. The white wards brightened all along the realm’s boundary as they fought his command runes, then, with a deep chime, they went dark. For the first time in millennia, the hidden realm was visible to any god who happened to be watching.
Bane gestured, shadows streaming from his hands, and Gathered at the same time to power his command. “Drothcan nevaar getrak perin.” He paused to allow his words to take effect, then added, “Vrodath!”
The shadows formed a swirling vortex that widened and deepened as the Gateway took shape in the cliff face, opening a portal to the outside through the rock and whatever lay beyond it. It appeared to bore into the stone, but that, he knew, was an illusion. A Gateway joined to points in space via a wafer-thin threshold, but stepping through it took a little time and gave the impression of the vast distance it spanned. He had been unable to give this one a true destination, since he had only a vague idea of where he was, but he hoped it would lead to the mid realm of Sherinias’ domain. He beckoned to Majelin as the Gateway’s edges solidified, indicating that it had completed its span. The swirling shadows congealed into pitch-black gloom.
The boundary wards flickered as they re-armed, then lighted in a sequence that travelled away along the cliff face, clusters of runes flaring almost white around his Gateway. The edges of the portal wavered, and it shrank, then slammed shut with a thud. The sequence of disarming runes Bane had burnt into the cliff vanished, and he glared at the black stone.
“A pox on this place!”
“What happened?” Majelin enquired.
“The damned white wards closed it.”
“So you cannot create a Gateway?”
Bane swung away, muttering a string of curses under his breath.
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T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.
T. C. Southwell has written over thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.