Nimrod (Dark Season 2.1) will be released on Saturday 7th July, and here’s a preview. This preview was originally going to be in the book, but I cut it for various reasons so I guess it’s exclusive to the blog! Hope you like it!
The walls shuddered. The Great Hall of Gothos was under attack, its very foundations threatened. The war was spiralling out of control and a certain victory for the Ancient Vampires seemed, now, to be slipping away. Standing at the tall, wide window overlooking the Gardens of Teeth, the Lord watched in horror as blood churned in the heavens above.
“He is coming,” said a voice from the shadows.
The Lord turned his head just a fraction, preferring not to look directly at his visitor. “I know,” he said.
“When he gets here -”
“I know,” the Lord said again, this time more firmly. He held his hand up and saw that it was shaking. Impossible. He was thousands of years old, he had fought in battles that had literally shaken the Earth on its axis, yet now he was shaking… with fear? “He is only one man,” he said finally.
There was silence for a moment, and then laughter from the shadows.
“Stop,” the Lord said, still refusing to look at his visitor.
“I’m sorry,” said the voice. “It’s just… Soon, you will be a ghost, like me. And then what will you do? You will have no option but to laugh, because -”
“Silence,” the Lord commanded, but at that moment he saw something moving outside. Something marching steadily towards Gothos. Marching across the Shore of the Great Heart. Marching through the Seam of Hell itself. Marching straight towards the Lord at his window.
“Do you see him?” asked the voice from the shadows.
Suddenly the Lord felt warm breath on the back of his neck. He did not need to turn to see who it was. “I told you to stay in the shadows,” he said, keeping his gaze fixed firmly on the approaching figure.
“Oh my Lord,” whispered the voice, close into the Lord’s ear, “your power is all gone now. And the window is shattering”.
The Lord stared straight ahead and saw that it was true: the great window was slowly, slowly starting to shatter. Tiny slivers of glass were cracking and lifting away from the surface. It was as if the window was being smashed in extreme slow-motion. Slowly, a shard spun directly towards the Lord’s eye.
“Time is running out,” the voice whispered. “Any final ideas?”
The Lord paused, watching the shard moving towards him and, beyond that, the figure marching towards the house. Desperately hoping to come up with a solution, the Lord could only open his mouth helplessly. And then, with no warning, an idea did come to him. A way to defeat the enemy. He was filled with joy, but only for a moment, for it was too late. The shattering window sped up until the pieces flew so fast, they sliced the Lord into a thousand tiny pieces. And as this happened, the dark figure entered the house, marching straight through the Lord’s disintegrating body.
Nimrod (Dark Season 2.1) is out on July 7th from Amazon, and from Barnes & Noble a few weeks later.