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Akata

Whispers of the Past By:
Akata

“You’d be surprised,” he said carefully, “how incredibly easy it is to kill someone. One moment, just a blade to the ribs, or a stone to the head, and the deed is done. You’ll hardly be able to tell you’ve done it. And after a few sleepless nights, you’ll get over it, and their souls will haunt you no longer. Soon, all the men you kill will be faceless.” His voice was soft, shaky even, like a sharp shard of glass that might turn into droplets of clear water at any given moment.

 

“But right now, the dead still have faces. I see them every time I’m alone.”

 

He placed a hand on my shoulder, his face looking weary. “It’s okay,” he said. “The dead cannot touch you.”

__________

 

Prince Izrekiel and Ryukou Kitsura are more than just brothers.

War rages on with the neighboring country of Demali, and turmoil spreads within Akata's borders. In this time of political upheaval, the two brothers struggle to find peace. As the war drags on, the two princes find themselves drifting apart. Their political demands are another type of poison.

Meanwhile, a religious movement arises in Akata, whose followers believe that the Second Prince, Izrekiel, is an unnatural monster because of his bizarre appearance. This group of religious extremists will stop at nothing to topple the Kitsura dynasty. Breaking the vows of tradition and societal norms they are not afraid to draw blood and commit treason.

Amongst all the chaos, Izrekiel and Ryukou must find a way to fight a war on two fronts, while trying to preserve that part of themselves that makes them human.

 

 

A Prequel to Callous

 

Cover artwork by Crona J.

www.cronaj.deviantart.com



This Book is Part of a Series "Callous"
All Books in this Series:
Tammamori
Blossom of the Raging Sovereign
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Akata
Whispers of the Past
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Callous
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Patience in the Dark
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cassie.parker

Love your writing style! It kept me interested and made me want more! Can't wait to continue reading!

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S. J. Crona

Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it :)

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Leandra A

can't wait for the continuation this got me hooked ^_^

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S. J. Crona

Wow, thanks! :D

Leandra A

I hope you'll update soon XD

Leandra A

although this is not really a historical fiction but fantasy, I still felt its somewhat historical aura and enjoy imagining the scenes^_^

S. J. Crona

Thank you! I love historical fiction, and I take lot of inspiration from them :)

Leandra A

I'm a fan of your works hope you'll do more ^_^

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kylerjames

I've read the first Chapter, and so far I'm really enjoying it!

I like the writing style, sort of an narrative account of events from Izrekiel's pov, with his own opinions thrown in to enrich his personality.

The protagonist is likable, and the descriptions paint a clear picture for you, without overloading your imagination, so your mind can fill in the gaps...

Can't wait to crack on with the rest...

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S. J. Crona

I'll most likely love the evolution XD

kylerjames

I've always liked reading your writing, but this is by far my favorite thing I've read so far! It honestly reads as well as something I picked up off a bookshop shelf...

S. J. Crona

Wow! Thank you :D

I'm so sorry I still haven't left you a comment. My midterms are coming up next week, and then I have spring break. By then, I will have time to read all of it.

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Leandra A

I envy you to be able to write and describe each scene so vividly, me as well have been dying to do a story with a historical plot and I have to say that its really hard. I would appreciate it as well if you can give me a suggestions since I am currently working with my book "Maria, god of misfortune" and quite struggling with it ;P

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S. J. Crona

Thank you! XD Actually, this is fantasy, but I did take a lot of inspiration from history and time periods.

I'll be sure to check it out!

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uncson3

I think that you are an amazing writer with great depth. I found myself enjoying the "ride" and hope that you post additional work soon. If you get a chance check out some of my "free" stuff on BookRix and give me your honest critique. Have a great week, Danny.....

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S. J. Crona

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed reading this :)

I'll be sure to check out some of your poetry, Danny.

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Deleted User

I've read up until chapter 5 and I'm hooked! Your words are so descriptive and alive that I can almost smell the blood on their swords, feel the rain drenching me throughout. Wonderful and very engaging!! Can't wait to continue on this journey!!

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S. J. Crona

Thank you :D Thanks so much for taking the time to read :D I've been slow to write this, but I hope to have Chapter Seven up by this evening.

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felixthecat

I'm finally getting some time to read. So far, through Ch. 5, just really good, and so well written.

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S. J. Crona

^_^ Thanks! Although I already know that the editing process has a lot in store for me. I'm working on Chapter Seven now. I WILL FINISH THIS BOOK! I WILLLLLLL! O.O

Honestly, I feel more connected to the characters in this book than I've ever felt to any of my other characters.... Show more

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AvennGed1

So I didn't have time to read much but I did find the time to at least read the prologue. Obviously from just the prologue I didn't get much of what the novel will be about but I'm assuming that it'll be about the life of young Izrekiel. The imagery was spot on as well. The one thing that I wasn't to sure about was the setting. I get that it was in a castle, but besides that I was a bit thrown off. Of course I'll probably... Show more

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S. J. Crona

To be honest, I'm not sure if I'm going to include the Prologue in the finished version of the novel. I personally find it kind of boring. I'll probably scatter some of the information from the prologue throughout the story when I get to the editing stage.

It's a good guess; the... Show more

AvennGed1

not a problem xD keep up the good work

S. J. Crona

Thanks :)

AvennGed1

I've read a little bit more into it now and I gotta say that you should definitely keep the prologue. It gives the reader a good idea as to who izrekiel is. I feel that without the prologue, it might seem like something is missing. I dont know though, just a thought I had.

S. J. Crona

Ah, well, that's why if I removed the prologue, I'd scatter the information throughout the first chapter.

Thanks so much for reading on :D

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