Excerpt: The White Rose Thief
What is Blackguards? It is an anthology featuring some of the best writers in the fantasy genre, all coming together under one cover. Click HERE to see the whole author lineup. The theme of the anthology? All stories about thieves, rogues, mercenaries, and the like.
My contribution to the anthology, The White Rose Thief, takes place after the events in The Dark Thorn and preludes my next novel, The Everwinter Wraith. It is the first of three novelettes concerning Rosenwyn Whyte, a traveling musician and former thief possessed of a terrible past best left there. Pasts have a way of entering the present and ruining futures and Rosenwyn finds that out all too sadly.
The White Rose Thief is also my initial foray into the criminal world found in Annwn, a sneak peek at a much larger—and insidious—element not seen in previous tales.
Here is an odd side story to the writing of The White Rose Thief. The scene below came to me and it was vidid, almost fully realized from the moment I conceived of it. That doesn’t happen very often for me. Imagine my surprise then when Terry Brooks sent me his 2015 novel The Darkling Child and there was an almost identical scene—similar character, similar setting, similar conflict.
I couldn’t believe it. I sent my scene to Terry. He just laughed and said, “Maybe we are too close of friends. Our work is bleeding together.”
You can listen to the opening of his bar scene HERE.
Below is the opening of the novelette, Part I of VI. I hope you like it.
The White Rose Thief
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The story of thief and musician Rosenwyn Whyte continues in Blackguards. Order your copy NOW!
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