This week’s episode features a chapter from Lord of the Inferno, Volume Two of War of the Fathers. War of the Fathers is available as a free ebook if you sign up for the Dan Decker Newsletter. Here is an excerpt from the show:

Kura wanted to stab Adar with a dagger as he took off. Stay? Look captive? His actions had unfortunately caught her off guard, and she had no choice but to do as he said. She closed her eyes until they were slits, so she looked asleep but could still make out what was happening above her.

It gave her a great view of the starry sky and not much else. A lazy trail of smoke danced above. She could make it out as it twisted and turned, almost looking playful. It was in stark contrast to everything else around it.

Adar’s boots crunched against the cobblestones as the much heavier boots of the Hunwei ran towards her. Biting down on her teeth and imagining Adar with a knife sticking out of his eye, she held her breath and counted to thirty. Her heart beat three times for every count. The heavier footsteps slowed to as stop as the monster came and stood over her.

Through the slits of her eyes, she recognized a human face that looked down at her. It took an effort to keep still as her chest began to hurt. Surely, this man could see the sweat beading up on her forehead?

She let out a breath as if she were asleep and after a pause took in another.

The human Hunwei chased after Adar. She waited until the count of five before opening her eyes and turning to her side to see if the way was clear.

I’m going to be killed, she thought, as she sat up and reached for the rope at her feet. She hadn’t made much progress before Adar had pushed her down and told her not to move. Her shoulder blade had landed wrong and twinged with pain as she worked on the knots. No doubt, a bruise was forming to go with all the others she had picked up today.

After the events of last night, she was surprised she’d come through it all so easily. She was just shrugging off the rope when Adar called out. His yell was followed by blaster fire.