Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday


SFF Saturday is a group of authors who post snippets of SFF prose and poetry for comment. You can check out other SFF Saturday posts, too.

My snippet is another few lines from a work in progress called Herald (at the moment). Eventually, the project be a fantasy loosely based on the Hundred Years War, but it’s in the very early draft stages.

I’ve put all the previous snippets together here, if you need to catch up.

When we last saw Denis and the enemy King of Angth, Denis had just encountered a corpse of a fellow countryman, only he doesn’t know the man’s name.

This time, Denis had to place both of his hands on the ground to steady his shaking body. “I don’t know him,” he whispered to the earth.

“Then we move on,” the king said.

Denis shook his head, just enough to indicate his defiance. Rough hands gripped Denis’s arm and yanked him upward.

“On your feet.” A gruff voice, unlike the King’s. One of his guards, then.

“Soft, William. Let him be.”

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22 thoughts on “Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday

  1. The pain Denis has for not knowing this fallen soldier’s name – like it’s the mark of something more. Great mood and that he whispered it to the earth was a nice detail.

  2. Beautiful prose, as always, Ann.

    I’m looking forward to this book!

    🙂 Heidi

  3. And once again the king is not the harsh enemy that Denis seemed to believe was his nature. More and more intriguing. I’m enjoying this sequence a lot. Thanks!

  4. For me to have no reference as to what Denis could truly be feeling, I mean, to have never felt such a thing, his emotions come across so strongly. It’s flooring. Beautifully written with a tension that is absorbing.

  5. Beutifully written, and I too am wondering if the king is what Denis thinks he is.

  6. You did a great job showing how much this affects Denis. Wonderful character development for him and the King as well.

  7. That was lovely – in a sad kind of way.

  8. I’m always excited about good fantasy, and one based even loosely on the hundred years war sounds like a great idea. Intriguing snippet!

  9. You really feel for Denis here. Also, I like the King’s attitude – he can see that Denis is upset.

    • Well, the king is an observant man, which is probably good in a king…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Yes, great character developments – for both the King and Denis. Terrific snip.

  11. I love Denis’ angst for not knowing the man’s name.

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