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Title: THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE
Series: A Disaster of Dokojin Series #1
Author: Jesse Nolan Bailey
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy
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The Realms have split apart, the Stones of Elation have been hidden, and warnings of dokojin drift among the tribes.
The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame.
It is this conviction that drives Annilasia and Delilee to risk their lives. Afraid of the aether magic he wields, they enact a subtler scheme: kidnap his wife. In her place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem.
Unaware of this plot against her husband, Jalice is whisked away by Annilasia. Pleading with her captor proves futile, and she rejects Annilasia’s delusional accusations against the chief. After all, the Sachem has brought peace to the land.
Yet a dangerous truth hides in Jalice’s past. As she and Annilasia flee through a forest of insidious threats, they must confront the evil plaguing the tribes and the events that unleashed it.
A force pushed Jalice from the arrow’s path. Her vision blurred.
The arrow whistled past, followed by a sharp sting around her earlobe. Jalice landed on the ground with a grunt. Blinking at the loose strands of hair that tickled her eyelashes, she regained focus. The forest came into view, and her gaze settled on a nearby figure, lying a few feet away. She squealed when she realized it was Annilasia.
“We need to run,” said Annilasia. She sprang up and crouched low to the ground as if ready to sprint away.
Jalice didn’t move, paralyzed by the sickening fact that, had it not been for Annilasia, she would be dead. The archer had still fired his arrow, despite his clear view of Jalice. She desperately attempted to rationalize this. Perhaps he had been aiming at Annilasia. Perhaps he had been trying to save Jalice from the tillishu.
Annilasia scrambled across fallen leaves and muddy earth over to Jalice. “Get up, and run,” she commanded.
Another arrow whistled by and landed with a thud in the dirt. Jalice yelped and kicked against the soft earth, throwing gobs of mud into the air. The archer was still firing. Surely he intended to strike down Annilasia, not Jalice. Yet the uncertainty of this terrorized her.
Powerful arms heaved Jalice to her feet, leaving her no choice but to run.
Annilasia was right. There was no denying it now. The archer had intended to strike Jalice. As she relented to her captor’s command to flee, Jalice’s mind remained fixated on the archer. There had to be an explanation.
She glanced over her shoulder and panicked when she realized she was alone again. She halted and searched the forest for signs of Annilasia and the archer. As she spun around, a dark shadow interrupted her vision and she fell back with a cry. Unable to brace herself with her hands, she landed on her back, pain searing across both shoulders. The warped treetops and a dark silhouette loomed above her. Jalice let out another muffled scream against the gag.
A large man, much stockier than the archer but bearing the same red and gold streaks of paint, stood with his arms extended over his head. He clutched a massive sword, with its tip pointed towards the sky.
Jalice thrashed her legs and yelped, but it was too late. The man’s face strained as he brought his arms down. The blade flashed in the air, but everything in that moment slowed. This was it. She was going to die. Her eyes snapped shut, and she braced for the final blow.
About the Author
Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut novel finally released to the masses, he can now claim such title with relief. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he has embraced the equally-gratifying lifework of hosting a trio of spoiled cats.
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