A Note to Readers
This book is intended for mature adult (18+) readers and does contain explicit content. Reader discretion is advised.
For a full list of content warnings, please visit www.foxpointepublishing.com/Shadowspeak.
Content warning for the following: sexual, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse (of children and adults); incest; animal cruelty/death; drug use & withdrawal; violence; kidnapping/abduction; murder/suicide; blood; self-harm; and PTSD.
Neither the author nor the publisher condone abuse, violence, self harm, or drug use of any kind.
The main character’s PTSD symptoms are acute and disabling at times. If you or someone you know suffers from similar mental health issues, please seek help. No one should have to deal with their struggles alone.
Published February 23, 2021 from Fox Pointe Publishing, LLP
Book One of the Realm of Skuggar Series.
Once there was a girl who spoke to shadows…
Rune’s mother is uncaring and her brother is too young to protect her, so when Rune’s father sells her to the depraved city of Wraith at the young age of ten, no one stops him. His last words to her are of a debt he cannot pay. The shadows who’ve kept Rune company as long as she can remember seem to know what he speaks of and yet they keep their silence.
And so Rune grows up living in servitude to Wraith’s brothel and its manipulative mistress, Agata, all while having only the faintest recollections of her forgotten childhood. Years later when she finally escapes Wraith, a wild place wrapped up in hedonism and old world ritual, she vows to never return…
When a child prince is kidnapped by a masked killer in a neighboring kingdom, however, Rune no longer has a choice. Joined by Weylin, her old love and a fellow Wraith runaway, she returns to the accursed city and the shadows of her past.
Not all is as it seems as threads of memory begin to unravel, revealing old lies and dark secrets.
The debt of her past may be too high to pay.
The shadows are speaking.
Death is waiting.
What Readers Are Saying
“A daring and uniquely told story, full of fascinating characters and heartbreaking betrayals. Follow Rune, a broken young woman struggling to regain what’s been stolen from her, as she descends into Hel in this Norse-inspired tale.”–Jill Criswell, author of the Frozen Sun Saga