Today's offering features one of the series' major characters— one of my
favorite characters— James ap Seoras. He's always been one of the
crankier and sarcastic characters in the series. Maybe that's why I
like him so much.
Anyway, James is a member of the rebellion, the second in command.
In the scene you're about to read, he is the one in charge and he's reaching his breaking point.
Another battle has just come to an end and he knows it won't be long
before the next fight begins. He's tired, he's angry, he's really
angry, he just wants this whole ordeal to be over and he's totally
pissed off. He knows there's no end in sight and did I mention he's angry about that?
As always, I hope you enjoy it.
James swore and then walked the line of captured men, all bound and
kneeling on the ground. None of them lifted their heads to look at him.
“Where is your leader?” James asked. “Scampered off, has he? Left you to die? Or did he send you to die in his place?”
“It doesn’t matter, James,” Ilya said. “Let’s send them off and get back to what needs to be done.”
“Send them off?” James said.
“We send them back to Eluned. We send a message to the king,” Ilya said.
James shook his head. “Every battle we send what’s left of the king’s
men back to him, in defeat, in shame. And do you know what they do?
They get new swords, more swords, and they march again to destroy some
place else. I won’t have it anymore,” he said. “This time we send a
He went to draw his sword. Ilya grabbed his wrist.
“They surrendered,” she said.
He shook free of her grip. “Their mistake.”
“Dana wouldn’t do this,” she said.
James nodded. “Maybe that’s the problem.”
He drew the sword and swung it in a loose circle before taking it up and driving the blade through the first man’s neck.
Hmmm. This would be the part where I told you when you, if you were so inclined, could read Effigy
in its entirety but, truth be told, I have no idea when that will be.
Maybe this year. Maybe next. Anyone suggesting the next decade would
not be accused of crazy talk. But at any rate, I want to thank you for
stopping by today. It's always appreciated!