The third short story in the Beforetimes series is “The Broodthrall” in which Nix, having been indentured to the King for fourteen years, finally has an opportunity to be set free–if the deteriorating Kingdom can hold itself together long enough for the King to grant his emancipation.
New to Afterlands? The first novella in the series (Book I) will be available December 18, 2021.
Meanwhile, four short stories about what happened before the opening pages of Book I will be presented on this website for free.
Each story highlights main characters of Afterlands and reveals events leading to the end of the Continent’s twenty-year war between the King and his sister’s cult of “the Mother”.
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[Please keep in mind that Beforetimes tales may be dark as they all occur well before the “dawn”. This story carries an extra content warning for containing references to suicide, infanticide, and sexual slavery.]