Lament of the Traitor King (The Exquisite Po...
Sharp, merciless, ugly. Erotic, emotional, heartbreaking.
There exists a dying race on the fringes of humanity. They are a long held secret, consisting of women who once held the line between the overwhelming power of Monsters, creatures grown ironically beholden to them, and the rapidly growing Human race. The death of magic throttles their power and kills them, as well the Monsters who were once so powerful - and angry - that they almost destroyed the world.
Neith "Netta" Oleander is in exile and has been running away for much of the hundred years she has spent alive. She flees from the nightmares that once whispered a dark absolution into her ear.
In spite of this not being a happy life to live, Netta believes that she has earned it. At least, she believes that she is safe from the Monster who became the embodiment of her greatest fear: Netta's weakness in the face of a naive love -
And of a taboo, nearly all consuming lust.
It is when she is welcomed back home that Netta realizes that she was never free. Had not truly escaped the secret world of Witchcraft, the whispered promise of profane eroticism, of magic.
As surely as magic sings in her blood, it enchains her, drags her back into the shadows she had once thought she could flee. After all, this dark, secret world - where the danger of bodily possession runs concurrent to great power - is her heritage.
Perhaps it is time for this wallflower to fear at least one Monster.
//This is the author's preferred version of *Exquisite Poison*, not a sequel, and contains in-depth revisions as well as additional content. This will be the second draft that is free to read at the moment, with a planned final draft to come for sale one day.\\