Normally, when posting novel excerpts, I just go from the beginning until I reach a suitable stopping point a suitable way in.
In Ashes Lie, however, is a nonlinear novel: it cuts back and forth between the four days of the Great Fire, and the events leading up to that point. Because of that, I’ve decided to skip ahead, in order to give you a taste of the Fire scenes. (Don’t worry about spoilers; the only thing you really need to know is that Nicneven — mentioned in an earlier scene — has grown to be a major threat against the Onyx Court.)
I don’t really get into the mode of Blowing Shit Up until later, but hopefully that will whet your appetite just a little.
(If you missed or want to re-read the earlier excerpts, they start here.)
That’s it for IAL samples — you’ll have the rest of the book in a little over a month — but stay tuned for a few more treats . . . .