The Rise of Gadreel ~ Excerpt

6 Nov

Hi, everyone! I’m happy to see you here. Welcome.

I’m currently doing the final reading of my WIP, The Rise of Gadreel, and I’m reading it (cover to cover) out loud. I’ve had a lot of fun writing this book. It’s been my favorite to write so far, but that doesn’t mean it was an easy process. Because the story is set in the Medieval Period I had to do an enormous amount of research to get the details right. I also had to research the Medieval Roman Catholic Church, the Black Plague, the Little Ice Age, among many other things. Although my books are fantasy fiction I like to ground my stories in reality. Luckily, I enjoy doing the research. I can’t wait to release this book. I truly hope readers enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I decided to share an excerpt from The Rise of Gadreel Book – 3 of my Fantasy Angels Series. Sharing the first excerpt of a new book is always a nerve-racking ordeal, but, here we go. I hope you enjoy it.

Chapter 13 – Gadreel Confronts the Beast

As we walked down to the harbor town of Whitby, the rising sun’s rays shone on my face, yet that didn’t prevent the cold from sinking into the core of my bones. In town, although early in the day, few people walked the streets, and the fields were void of serfs and farmers. 

Screams coming from the center of town sliced through the morning fog, so we hurried in that direction. Townsfolk gathered around three women who stood in the center of the town’s square, bound and held captive by five men in black tunics and hooded cloaks. The men smacked them and yanked them by the hair. One wrenched a woman’s arm so violently that I thought he would tear it out of its socket. As we ran toward them, another hooded man knocked a woman to the ground. The people watched and did nothing to help them.

“What is happening here?” I stood before them, panting, my breath rising in visible billows. “Why do you treat these women this way?” My hands closed into fists as heat rose to my face despite the cold.

One of the men stepped toward me, pulling his hood back to expose his face. “We’re inquisitors sent to bring order to this cursed city.”

“Who sent you?” I didn’t back down, keeping eye contact with this man at all times. “What curse do you speak of?”

“We were sent by His Most Reverend Excellency Abigor Chailín, bishop of London,” the man said. “His Excellency established The Inquisition with the blessing of both King Edward and His Holiness the Pope, to find and punish heretics and those practicing witchcraft, which is a form of heresy.” He measured me with a sideways glance. “What curse you ask? Look around you. This port city once thrived. Those who did not die of disease are now perishing from hunger due to poor crop growth and dying livestock as a result of this demoniacal frost. The rest of them lash out through violent crimes, even murder and rape. Witches are to blame for this. They cast spells, making people do atrocious acts they normally would never do. Sorcerers manipulate the weather.”

“So you’re claiming that these three women are witches?” I said.

“Yes,” he said with confidence as he held up a book. “This is the Malleus MaleficarumThe Hammer of Witches. The bishop of London wrote this instructional manual for his inquisitors. It lists ways to identify witches and explains the procedures in which to investigate, arrest, and punish them. We understand what must be done.”

I stood before him, unwavering. “What do you plan to do to these women? Judging by their bloodied and disheveled appearance, they’ve been punished enough.”

The man burst into laughter, as did his cohorts. 

“These women will burn at the stake for their crimes. I’ll not say another word until you tell us who you and your friends are and why you deem yourself worthy of interrogating the church.”

“My name is Gadreel, and I ask that you let these women go.”

The five men broke into hysterical laughter once more. Dracúl, Golem, and Sabina stepped forward and stood beside me. Thomas also stood by, a mere shimmer in the bitter air, the men unaware of his presence.

Dracúl moved closer to me. “We should verify if these men speak the truth. If these women practice black magic, they should be burned at the stake.”

His indifference in the matter of burning three souls alive shocked me. The doctrines of the church were deeply rooted in his psyche, skewing his perceptions.

“If I could touch them, I could determine if they’re lying,” Sabina whispered to me.

“Are you sure you want to do that? You’ll be weakened by the touch.”

“There’s no better way to find the truth.”

“Then you must do it.” Dracúl took Sabina by the arm, putting her in front of the women. “Apologies, but it would be irresponsible not to.”

I tipped my head in Sabina’s direction, and she wrested her arm from his grip. 

All the hooded men scrutinized her with their hands on the hilts of their swords, except one who stepped closer to me, his face hidden in the shadow of his black cape’s hood. “Did you say your name is Gadreel?”

“I did. Why do you ask?” 

The man stumbled backward so fast that he lost his balance. If not for one of the other men, he would have fallen on his backside. Jarred by his reaction, I looked to Dracúl. He gave me a half shrug and continued to focus on Sabina and the three women accused of witchcraft.

“We have a warrant for her arrest,” the man said, pointing at me as he steadied himself. “She’s a sorceress.”

“Oh bloody hell!” Golem rushed to Sabina, pulling her back in time to avoid getting trampled by the men who came charging after me. 

Dracúl transformed into his red fiend form to the gasps and screams of the hooded men and surrounding crowd.

Dóna’m la força que necessito!” Golem exclaimed, holding his stone figurine to his forehead and shifting into the stone giant.

The five inquisitors stopped in their tracks, eyes shifting between Dracúl and Golem. I revealed my massive wings, and although they were marked with a black band that ran horizontally across the top portion of them—a reminder of my past transgressions—they were otherwise pure white.

“What are you?” the first man who had approached me said as panic flittered across his face.

“I’m not a sorceress,” I said. “Go on, Sabina. Verify whether these women practice black magic or not.”

Sabina looked into the women’s eyes, and one by one she held their hands. When done, she staggered toward me.

“These women do not practice black magic,” she said. “They’re not even witches, not a one.”

Dracúl looked away and stared at the pebbles on the ground to avoid my eyes. I confronted the five hooded men. “You tortured three innocent women and were about to burn them alive. How should you be punished?”

 One of the men fell to his knees, whimpering. A steaming puddle formed on the ground between another’s legs, while the others trembled and gawked at us.

“Please forgive us,” the man who had lowered his hood said, holding up the inquisitor’s handbook. “We tried to follow the Malleus Maleficarum, but we must have done something wrong . . . missed a step somehow.” 

“Your master, Abigor, is a deceiver. I don’t care what that book says. Those three women are no more witches than you are. Save your regrets for them.” 

The men scrambled to the women, untying them while offering apologies.

“Do you have gold coins?” I asked. 

The men remained silent.

“Fine. Dracúl, please check them.”

Dracúl stepped toward them, and the men pawed at their belts to remove their coin purses. They threw them on the ground before Dracúl. 

“Give it all to the women,” I told him.

“Those purses hold gold coins,” the unhooded man said. “That’s too much money for peasant women.”

“There is not enough gold to compensate them for what you and the others have done,” I said. “The crosses you wear around your necks are fashioned from gold and hang from golden chains. Remove them as well, and hand them to the women.”

The men protested until Dracúl growled at them. Then they couldn’t remove them fast enough.

“Now leave this place and never return,” I said. “Be gone, but the horses stay.” 

“But how will we reach our destination without horses?” one of the men asked.

“On foot,” I said with a shrug. “You’re wearing expensive shoes. Many of these people do not own shoes, and yet they manage to get to where they’re going. You claim to be better than they are, so you should do just fine. Now go. I’d prefer it if we didn’t shed blood today.”

The men hurried away toward where the city’s edge meets the forest road.

Many of the bystanders had run away when Dracúl transformed into the red fiend, but those who stayed behind now cheered for us. The three women rushed to me and fell on their knees, reciting words of praise.

“No, please do not kneel before me. We are here to help you—all of us. It’s what we do.”

“I acknowledge what you are,” the youngest of the women said as she and the others got to their feet. “You’re an angel. Your skin has an iridescent glow, your entire being is surrounded by an ethereal radiance, and only an angel has massive wings like yours.” Her eyes were a silvery-blue, and although one of them wandered, she reminded me of my dear Cleodora. For once, I reveled at the thought of them living in the great depths of the ocean, for the world above had become a dark and dangerous place, full of misguided souls.

“You are safe now,” I told her and the others, including the crowd. “Your lives must change if you want to survive and live in peace. Stop the violence and depravity, because bad behavior will lead the inquisitors right back here, and next time we may not be here to help you.”

“Stay with us awhile,” one of the other women said.

Dracúl gave me a look before going behind a copse of trees to shift back to his man form and get dressed. Golem followed him. Sabina had regained the color in her face and looked more like herself again. She came closer to me.

“Our task is to find and destroy Abigor,” she said under her breath.

“I understand, but isn’t our main objective to help the people? They have been through so much. We wouldn’t have to stay long. There are sick people here who could use your aid, and the rest of us can assist them in other ways. I think we can stay a few days.”

“All right, but you have to break the news to Dracúl.”

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from The Rise of Gadreel. Books 1 & 2 of my Fantasy Angels Series are available on Amazon and you can read them free with KindleUnlimited.

50 Responses to “The Rise of Gadreel ~ Excerpt”

  1. harmonykentonline November 6, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

    Great excerpt. Wishing you the very best of luck with your new book, Vashti 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Soooz November 6, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

    Vashti, this is simply wonderful! It’s nerve-wracking sharing your first extract from an upcoming release, but you have totally nailed it, my friend! Bravo! I can’t wait to read this one! ❤

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    • Vashti Q November 6, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

      Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed the excerpt, Suzanne. I’m so excited! Thank you so much for that awesome comment. ❤

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  3. John W. Howell November 6, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    A wonderful excerpt, Vashti. Your nerves should remain calm.

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  4. olganm November 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm #

    Is Golem Catalan? Very intriguing excerpt. Thanks, Vashti and good luck!

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    • Vashti Q November 6, 2020 at 6:29 pm #

      His adoptive mother was Catalan. I like how you picked that up, Olga. Thank you very much! ❤


  5. Annette Rochelle Aben November 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm #

    Chills. Another page-turner indeed! You have such a talent for drawing the reader right into the story and guiding us through the adventure

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 6, 2020 at 6:31 pm #

      Your comment just made my night, Annette! Thank you very much! ❤

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  6. coldhandboyack November 6, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

    This is a great excerpt. Your research comments speak to me, too. I’m a big believer of building from reality even in the weird things I write.

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    • Vashti Q November 7, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

      One of the things I enjoyed about reading Anne Rice’s books was that she always added a lot of historical facts in her novels and kept them grounded in reality despite being dark fantasy/horror. I’m happy you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you! 😀 xo

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author November 7, 2020 at 1:44 am #

    Great excerpt, Vashti! I can’t wait to read this and happy to see Darcul back:)

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    • Vashti Q November 7, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

      Thank you, Denise! Yay! I’m thrilled that you uenjoyed the excerpt. 😀 xo

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  8. memadtwo November 7, 2020 at 6:53 am #

    I always like a tale where good triumphs over evil. Well done. (K)

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    • Vashti Q November 7, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

      That is definitely one of the themes of the book. Thank you very much! ❤

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  9. Jan Sikes November 8, 2020 at 8:54 am #

    Congrats, Vashti! What a great excerpt! If you are looking for a host to help launch your new book with a blog, let me know. I would be happy to help!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! Yes! I would love to be a guest on your blog. Thank you for offering. ❤ xo


  10. Jessica Bakkers November 8, 2020 at 5:51 pm #

    Ooo great excerpt, Vashti! Don’t be nervous!!

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  11. dgkaye November 8, 2020 at 8:44 pm #

    I loved it! I can’t wait to find out exactly what Gadreel and Dracul are up to – and the evil Lilith. Thanks for the teaser and good luck Vashti. Will it be out this year? Hugs ❤ xxx

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    • Vashti Q November 9, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

      Ha, ha! ❤ It will definitely be out this year, Debby. I'm at the final stretch and only waiting on the formatting people. Thank you very much! Hugs & kisses 😀 xo

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      • dgkaye November 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm #

        Yay! 🙂 xoxo I’ll have you over when you’re all settled ❤

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  12. allan hudson November 9, 2020 at 4:31 am #

    Awesome excerpt Vashti.

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  13. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. November 9, 2020 at 6:24 am #

    A riveting excerpt Vashti and looking forward to showcasing when ready… just in time for the Christmas Book Fair starting soon…hugsx

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  14. Guy Worthey November 10, 2020 at 12:34 am #

    Hello, Vashti! No need for wracked nerves. You are a /writer/. <– trying to get that last word in bold type, but it won't do it, haha! Congratulations.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. robbiesinspiration November 10, 2020 at 5:53 am #

    Congratulations, Vashti. A great extract.

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  16. D. Wallace Peach November 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

    I enjoyed the excerpt, Vashti. You do a wonderful job with your characters, and I’m not surprised at all by the amount of research that goes into fantasy books. Good luck in wrapping everything up for the big day. 😀

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    • Vashti Q November 11, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the excerpt, Diana! I didn’t think you would be surprised. I know you do a lot of research too. Thank you for the kind words and well wishes❣️

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  17. yvettemcalleiro November 11, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    That was such a great excerpt! I can’t wait to read the whole book. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q November 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

      Yay!👏😀💕 That makes me very happy! Thank you, my friend.

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  18. markbierman November 12, 2020 at 11:40 am #

    Just a samling of some great writing. Vashit!

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    • Vashti Q November 13, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi, Mark! Thank you so much. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the excerpt. 😀 xo

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  19. judeitakali November 18, 2020 at 1:47 am #

    It’s an amazing excerpt Vashti💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you for reading, Jude. I’m happy you enjoyed it. ❤


  20. Jack Eason November 22, 2020 at 1:43 am #

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Pay attention people, Vashti is in the house!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Adele Marie November 23, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

    I am hooked already. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 27, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

      Awww. Thank you, Adele❣️I’m so happy you enjoyed the excerpt.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. markbierman December 6, 2020 at 9:49 am #

    Sounds like the perfect blend for a great read, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q December 6, 2020 at 10:30 am #

      That’s awesome of you to say, Mark! Thank you. I’m glad you liked the excerpt.👏😃💓

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