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 "Through the mists of rampage and the stench of fear, a tall, stately man appeared on a charger and brought            hell with him."      

A Hare in the Wilderness

Book One

A POWERFUL WOMAN

A BRAVE WARRIOR 


A DARK SECRET



Born a weakling in the eyes of her father - the Emperor Gnaeus of Ataxata, Ajeya is banished to the wilderness. With part of her face cruelly disfigured - she has to accomplish two things. First, learn to survive. Second, sharpen her mind to a deadly edge.

'I will avenge my father.'

Since that fateful day, Ajeya has lived on the very edge of survival. She has faced Death many times - and survived. Survival is second nature to her - because being part of a clan has helped her become the woman she needs to be, far more than any court of nobles could.

'I wear the mark of a warrior on my face and the mark of a hare on my arm—I am a survivor.' 

But those at court are making demands that could threaten the existence of the clans. Demands that could destroy a dynasty. Demands that could expose her true identity. Now, with her one great love and unbreakable spirit, Ajeya must turn her people into warriors and fight back.

'The betrayed will become the betrayer.'

But even with her faithful companions at her side and victory within her grasp, Ajeya finds that her path may end as it began – in twists and traps and tragedy.

'On my blood I will triumph over my enemies, for I will have fire in my eyes when I see them, not tears. I am fearless. Let the bloody battle begin.'

If you love mesmerising worlds and magical universes, then you will love A Hare in the Wilderness; an intoxicating tale of secrets and lies, love and loss, and the invincible strength of a woman.



Excerpt:
The horizon was grey on this morning, and overhead an obscured sun peeked out timidly through low scuttling clouds and tried desperately to brighten an otherwise forlorn day. The wind blew cold and Ajeya could hear the gushing rush of water and the creak of the mill's great wooden waterwheel. There was a smell of rain in the dawn air, but no drops were falling yet. Smoke was rising from the chimneys, indicating another chilly November. Children's shrill voices could be heard coming from the homes, and as a wagon disappeared out of view, there came the roar of horses hooves followed by a loud thud. An army of soldiers had thundered into the village, overturned the wagon and set fire to it. There were cries and jeers as they upturned more. Then came further devastation as flaming arrows shivered through the morning mists, trailing pale ribbons of fire, and splintered into the wooden huts. A few smashed through shuttered windows, followed by thin tendrils of smoke rising between the broken shutters. Ajeya ran forward, and without a second thought, shouldered her bow and snatched her quiver of arrows leaning against the door. Suddenly a clap of thunder tore across the sky with such a force the vibration splintered the earth; the clouds opened and a wall of rain swept in battering down the last few remaining flames. Lightning struck in such ferocity that it lit up the true horror, and through the mists of rampage and the stench of fear, a tall, stately man appeared on a charger, and brought hell with him.

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Pivotal ★★★★★
This first book in the series introduces a cast of characters that are pivotal in all eight books. Perfect for fans of Diana Gabaldon' s Outlander series, and George R.R.Martin's Game of Thrones, this promises to be an immersive experience.

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