the Devil's City
Sword & Sorcery Epic Fiction
Chapter 1 (sample)
“Burning another church.”
Sin sat next to her friend Olo at the roof peak of the Coal Fire Tavern. It was a good place to view the latest “burnings” and often the only place to get above the smoke in a windy sunset.
“It’s the Healers of Ruhin.” Olo wiped her nose on her sleeve. Sniffling at the smoke rising from the braziers below.
“That’s a good idea. Burn down the only ones in this damned city to heal the sick.”
Olo sneezed, “If this city is damned then we are as well.”
“Then we should leave. You always wanted to see the other side of the mountains.”
“The Heartfire Club will never miss us.”
“Right. You remember what they did to Doriin. Chased him all the way to the Green River. Burned him at the stake.”
“But they would never catch us.”
“They would,” Sin rose to her feet, “They always do.”
Sin leaped off the roof, falling straight towards the brazier burning in the street below.
People around the flaming cauldron watched as the young girl landed in the brazier at a breakneck speed. A deluge of fire and ash rose engulfing Sin until...