Today I’m thrilled to share with you the next installment of the Shadow Stalker Series. Renee has kindly provided an excerpt for us. If you return tomorrow, I will be reviewing episode 8 and sharing my thoughts on the journey so far.
Shadow Stalker: Broken (Episode 8) Excerpt
By Renee Scattergood
My chest tightened painfully and tears filled my eyes. I was truly trapped. This was why he hadn’t used a recinder. He didn’t need one. There was nowhere I could run that he wouldn’t find me. All the power I had been given by the shadow people was useless. Why had they allowed my parents to bring me into the world, if my fate was to be at the mercy of my enemy? A cold realization hit me. Maybe Makari was right and the shadow people were liars. Emotion rolled through me in a wave, tearing an ear-piercing sound from my throat. Makari loosened his grip, startled, but his expression was no less determined.
“No,” I screamed in my mind. He couldn’t be right. This couldn’t be right. I took a deep breath, forcing myself to relax. “What are you going to do to me?”
When Makari didn’t answer, I lifted my head to look at him. He pressed it down and secured a strap across my forehead, so I was completely immobilized.
“You seem to be immune to the effects of the shock wands, but maybe you will respond to a different kind of pain. It’s an old method of torture, and one the Galvadi rarely use anymore,” he said, as though reciting simple facts. “But sometimes it becomes necessary.”
This was it. This was likely the torture method used in Kado’s vision. I couldn’t let it happen. “Makari, please. Please tell me what I can do to make you see there’s another way.”
“I’ve already seen, Auren. I know who you are. This isn’t about proving your innocence anymore. It’s about proving to my father I have more worth than being a hunter of shadow stalkers,” he stopped what he was doing, and rested his palm on my forehead. “You’re going to tell me where the Coalition are hiding.”
He was going to torture me for information. No! “I will never tell you that.”
“Oh, you will, Auren. Then I’ll give you to my father, and you will never be able to hurt anyone in the Serpent Isles again. He might finally see my worth once you are dead, and…” his voice faltered. “He has everything he needs to destroy the remnants of the Coalition.”
Auren finds a way to escape the pain of her torture, but when Makari realizes it’s preventing him from “cleansing” her, he finds ways of randomizing the pain to keep her present. Still, she does not succumb to the torment.
When Makari can’t get through to her, he decides Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi, is right. Auren is the delohi-saqu. Now Makari is no longer concerned with cleansing her because the delohi-saqu cannot be cleansed. He resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information about the Coalition. If Auren can’t resist, her friends and hundreds of innocent people will die.
Renee Scattergood, author of the fantasy series, Shadow Stalker, and novella, Demon Hunt, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog for a free copy of her latest episode of Shadow Stalker: http://reneescattergood.com
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