As always, lean back and relax...
AUTHOR JOSHUA ROBERTSON
Joshua began crafting the world for the dark fantasy series, Thrice Nine Legends, in 1999. Melkorka, the first book of the series, was published in 2015. The sequel, Dyndaer, will be released in January 2016. He is also the author of the Hawkhurst Saga. Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his wife and children.
Gladiators and Thieves: Coming June 2015
Anaerfell: Coming October 2015
Dyndaer: Coming January 2016
“From Hawe, you say?” The question nearly seemed rhetorical, challenging.
Argus focused on relaxing his face. “Aye.”
“I see.” The man still had barely budged from the opposite end of the room. Argus tightened his arm to prevent himself from rubbing his fingers. “What is your position on the slaves within Hawkhurst? You clearly know they are the spoils of past wars…and recent?”
The Lord was obviously toying with him. Maybe he did know his real name.
His Uncle Peter had told him, ‘truth is a precious commodity; protect it with a bodyguard of lies’. Argus breathed steadily, palms sweating. Of course, the slaves within the lower confines of the city, the Cogs, had been citizens from Hawe before being subjugated. Argus had known as much but did not think it relevant before now. Certainly, a man like Jimi Oenus would question him on something that seemed trivial. Any type of knowledge was power in Hawkhurst.
It was a miracle that the sellsword’s lip did not curl, or tremble, or waver in the slightest. The Lord across from him was a statue, unblinking, watching every nonverbal cue as it slithered to the surface of Argus’s body.
“I have no position on the matter, my Lord. It was not my hands that were bound, nor was I paid to fight in the war, past or present.”
“Surely, your family –”
“An orphan, my Lord,” he interrupted coarsely, nearly stumbling, recognizing his own insolence. Still, he continued, despite the raised eyebrow of Lord Oenus. Another saying about lying was ‘never skin a rabbit halfway’. “I have no family. Not anymore.”