This snippet is also from Warlock's Pawn and continues from the last one (click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of the post to read past snippets). Warlock's Pawn is a fantasy (e) romance inspired by The Arabian Nights (emphasis on the "e"). It was just released and is available on LSBooks, Amazon, ARe, and Kobo. It will probably show up at other locations (yes, I know B&N is a biggie) in about a month.
Tonight, blood seeped through his clothing, giving his chest and back an eerie sheen as soldiers carried his large, still body to the rocky ledge. For the past three nights she watched this warrior poisoned, imprisoned, and tortured. Too stubborn to surrender, he clung to life when another with weaker magic would have died. Eager to end what should never have begun, the princess ordered his body tossed off the cliffs abutting the palace. The act would give Anora the semblance of innocence and sever the warlock’s tenuous hold on the world of the living.
Turning to the aging priestess who had taught her the way of the dagger and the path of healing, Alia argued as a reminder to them both, “It is you who told me to never seek what is beyond the temple’s walls. Now you tell me this man’s life is on my conscience.”
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