Sneak peak at Shadows of Kings!
Lucia pressed her ear to the oak door. Beyond, she could hear the clamor of warfare, and the cries of dying beasts and men. She closed her eyes, taking a deep breath to calm her racing heartbeat to distinguish the sounds of battle from her mother’s incantations. Out on the battlement, her mother, Dragon Maiden of the Order, bent the elements of nature to her will.
See the rest of the chapter on my official blog at: http://jwhitsel.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/shadows-of-kings-chapter-excerpt-2/