Hi-ho, hi-ho it’s back to the story we go… lalalalalalalalalala… oh, um… sorry about that. It’s been a SUPER long week and I’m just feeling a little loopy and so glad it’s Friday!! But let’s get back into the story and see what there is to see.
Never sneak up on a warrior
Not that this squire was exactly trying to be sneaky. In his defense, he was making rather a lot of noise, but Brant’s nerves are a bit on edge, so… let’s forgive him for overreacting a bit.
Ooooh, intrigue… this young squire’s name is Justan! That won’t mean anything to those of you starting with this book, but you might want to file it away in case you continue on to read the rest of the series!
And his message galvanizes Brant into immediate action, which is very Brant-like of him. Our King’s Warrior is not one to go around resting on his laurels.
Meanwhile, Arnaud’s burst of heroic inspiration has begun to fade as the battle rages on, the light of day is fading (and with it their one advantage over the seheowks who don’t particularly love light of any kind) and the knights are growing weary. But Arnaud clings firmly to the belief that his adopted brother will arrive and somehow turn the tide of this losing battle. A faith that is swiftly rewarded.
I love how Brant just kind of rides up and acts as though someone rang a bell for him to deliver dinner.
Battle scenes are not easy to write, though I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at it over the years. This one has a bit of a surprise ending, which is good, because I wasn’t entirely certain how they were going to get out of this mess… and in the original draft something very different happened… but my editors and I decided that Justan could have a moment of importance here and it would work out well for everyone.
1. Have you read any good books with exceptionally written battle scenes? (I could use the resources)