Category Archives: The Horde

A serialized fantasy novel in which a disparate band of adventurers must save the realm from a horde of magical monstrous creatures. Yes, I know it’s been done before, but can you ever get enough hack and slash? It was my first novel (drafted in 2008), and has many of the flaws typical to a novice writer. In footnotes, I point out some of the more glaring problems.

The Horde: Chapter 3 with author self-critique

HAVOC Havoc looked[i] around the former insurgent camp. The bodies had been collected, searched and buried. The few prisoners were being interrogated, and his sentries were posted, watching for rebel messengers or hunters returning to camp. He didn’t want word … Continue reading

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The Horde: Chapter 2 – Harlequin (part 3) with author self-critique

CHAPTER 2: HARLEQUIN (continued) Harlequin walked through the narrow tunnel. The pitch-black passage smelled musty, and the uneven slate floor made walking hazardous. She had scars from when she was learning each crack and step, twist and turn of the … Continue reading

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THE HORDE Chapter 2 with author’s self-critique

CHAPTER 2: HARLEQUIN (continued) All the harlequins were highly trained in martial arts, slight of hand, languages, disguise, and poisons. Each had a handful of alter egos that they used to function in society and gather more intelligence. They wore … Continue reading

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The Horde: Chapter 1 – Havoc (part 2) with author self-critique

  The woman took point back towards[i] the camp, Havoc at her shoulder. As they drew closer to the firelight, Havoc could see that her coloring was fair and her eyes light. Bruises of varying sizes, old and new, mottled … Continue reading

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The Horde: Chapter 1 – Havoc (part 1) with author self-critique

THE HORDE By Shannon Waller CHAPTER 1: HAVOC The waxing moon shone brightly in the sky[i]. Havoc peered through the thick forest, then motioned to his Alpha Squad to follow quietly. The insurgent camp ahead was sloppy. Their guards were … Continue reading

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