I'm thrilled to welcome author Alex Gulczynski who has stopped by today to share an excerpt of his novel - Eustice. It is the first in a three part series called The Reaper Corps. It is a contemporary fantasy book written with young adult readers in mind but with plenty for adults too.
Before we get to the excerpt, I wanted to share a little about the author:
When not changing diapers or teaching the entirety of human knowledge to his own little newly minted human one small tidbit at a time, Alex Gulczynski is working hard on the yet to be named conclusion to the Reaper Corps. He pays the bills (mostly) by teaching science to elementary students in and near Seattle, which can be its own Big Gray during the winter months.
Blurb: Eustice P. Jennings awakens alone and confused on an ugly piece of office furniture in Purgatory. Being dead is the least of her problems as she is quickly drafted into the dangerous Reaper Corps and plunged headfirst into the endless conflict between Heaven and Hell. Friends and allies are few and far as Eustice struggles to find her place in a surreal world she never imagined could exist.
A cold pain slashes across my face, followed by hot blood trickling down. Another slash cuts open a gash on my arm. Before I know what is going on, a third and fourth slice through my left leg. Razor-sharp ice is raining down on me. I look up, only to see thousands of sharp points falling down, eager to cut me into a fine, bloody mist.
I have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. There is nothing on this empty ice field to take shelter in, and there are so many ice daggers that I cannot possibly outrun them all. Death, it would seem, is raining down on me. Bitterly, I turn my gaze back to the pale man. I prepare to throw my spear at his heart. If I am to die, then I will make damn sure he is going to die too.
Thayer slams into me, knocking the air out of my lungs and making me drop my spear. We roll a few feet backward with him ending up on top. His robe seems bigger than before. I can hardly feel his body through the mass of fabric. I almost gag on the smell of dust and cabbage.
Quickly, Thayer throws his arms to his side and tucks his head close to his chest. I can only think that we are both going to die, but now I don’t have the opportunity to take the pale man down with us. The first of the ice shards hits his back. I prepare for what I can only imagine a death by a thousand cuts will feel like. I refuse to scream out or give any satisfaction to our killer. Another shard lands and another, but I don’t feel anything. The deadly rain is falling, but Thayer is protecting me. He is taking all the shards in his back and his arms.
He is going to die to save me!
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