In spite of Trelayne's victories in battle, the road home is longer than the young knight ever imagined, and it must begin with rejecting his peasant companion, Derik, and denying the memory of the half-orc companion who gave his life for them. Forced to admit that the battle has changed him, Trelayne tries to be the champion for the peasantry, only to make things worse-Derik imprisoned, his betrothed rejecting him, his war-wounds throbbing. Honor provokes him to claim a duel with the swordmaster in the hopes of earning Derik's freedom, but the veterans find that winning a battle is not the same as winning a war-and not all demons wear an ugly face.
About the Author
Elaine Isaak is the author of The Singer's Crown (Eos, 2005), and its sequels, as well as the "Tales of Bladesend" epic novellas comprising Joenna's Ax in full-length, and Winning the Gallows Field. As E. C. Ambrose, she writes "The Dark Apostle" historical fantasy novels about medieval surgery, which began with Elisha Barber (DAW 2013), and continue with Elisha Magus (2014), Elisha Rex (2015), Elisha Mancer (2017) and concluding in Elisha Daemon (2018). Her short fiction has won the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest and appeared in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series, Fireside magazine and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. A graduate of the Odyssey Speculative Fiction workshop, she has returned to teach there as well. In addition to writing and teaching about writing, Elaine works part time as an adventure guide and rock climbing instructor. Visit www.TheDarkApostle.com or www.ElaineIsaak.com to find out why you do not want to be her hero.