In front of them, the foot soldiers scattered. When the light caught it, Rainhart saw his sword dripping with blood. In his wake lay men he had cut down, dead already or gasping their last breaths into the rock.
Rainhart heard, “Long live the King!” as they passed Teuta men. 
 The barbican loomed above them, a squat, menacing bole in the long wall of the castle, the portcullis raised like bared teeth. And there, standing in the maw, was Valdon. Shouting and waving his hand at someone in the barbican. He saw Tancred and froze, then darted to the side, vanishing into the town.

( Philomena - An Inevitability (Part 1) )

In front of them, the foot soldiers scattered. When the light caught it, Rainhart saw his sword dripping with blood. In his wake lay men he had cut down, dead already or gasping their last breaths into the rock.

Rainhart heard, “Long live the King!” as they passed Teuta men. 

 The barbican loomed above them, a squat, menacing bole in the long wall of the castle, the portcullis raised like bared teeth. And there, standing in the maw, was Valdon. Shouting and waving his hand at someone in the barbican. He saw Tancred and froze, then darted to the side, vanishing into the town.

( Philomena - An Inevitability (Part 1) )

thevalkyrieskingdom:

On the march… on We Heart It.

thevalkyrieskingdom:

On the march… on We Heart It.

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valnon:

There’s a good bit of France in Valnon’s bloodline, especially the tidal island of Mont St. Michel, the labyrinthine catacombs under Paris, and ancient towns like Saint-Émilion. Which is part of the reason I’m extra pleased to be making this announcement.

Evensong’s Heir is going to be available in a French translated edition from MxM Bookmark! Not only that, but the next two Songbirds of Valnon books will be translated, too! I’ve been waiting for the contract process to be completed, but now that it’s done, I can finally share the good news.

I’ll post more updates about the process as I get them, but I’m super excited! Even though I totally won’t be able to read it, I can’t help but think that French Songbirds would sound pretty sexy. (French Grayson, on the other hand, Imma have to go lie down.)

Let’s Talk About Siege Warfare, A Masterpost of Sorts, part 1/2

theticklishpear:

This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergynobilitydivinationspirit animalsmythical creaturesstructuring an armymedieval punishmentsarmorpre-gunpowder weapons, and common terms of medieval life.

This series is a companion to the Let’s Talk About Armies series from a little bit ago in which we discussed some historical examples of ways to structure armies. That series dealt almost exclusively with battlefield scenarios, however those armies that a writer creates may have to deal with enemy troops who sit behind the walls of a castle, fort, or other barriers via a siege.

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The White Queen (TV Series)

eighttwotwopointthreethree:

shakespeare’s characters are more or less equally divided between “DO IT FOR THE VINE” and “YOU HAD ONE JOB”

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Philomena heard her volume climbing until she was shouting. "How dare you? I didn’t do it, but if Tancred did, then I’m glad, you egotistical, selfish…” She lost her train of thought and subsided, each furious breath loud in her ears. Rainhart had his hand on her elbow, and was glaring right back at her.
"I would rather like to kiss you right now," he said sternly.

( Philomena - The problem of honour among kings )

Philomena heard her volume climbing until she was shouting. "How dare you? I didn’t do it, but if Tancred did, then I’m glad, you egotistical, selfish…” She lost her train of thought and subsided, each furious breath loud in her ears. Rainhart had his hand on her elbow, and was glaring right back at her.

"I would rather like to kiss you right now," he said sternly.

( Philomena - The problem of honour among kings )

"But why shouldn’t my work be hard? Almost everybody’s work is hard. One is distracted by this notion that there is such a thing as inspiration, that it comes fast and easy. And some people are graced by that style. I’m not. So I have to work as hard as any stiff, to come up with my payload."

— Leonard Cohen (via theunnovelist)

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