Poetry Friday: The Rise of Gadreel (BookTour – 3)

9 Apr

Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

A hero

will die to protect



Would help no matter the cost

They walk among us

Which type of heroes do you like best in stories?

I prefer heroes who have flaws. Someone who is genuinely good but who has made mistakes, who has faced challenges and doubts, and who is sometimes vulnerable . . . a person who perhaps starts off ordinary, and as the story unfolds, becomes more apparent. I enjoy reading about heroes who are intelligent, selfless, kind, and courageous. They feel the fear and do what needs to be done anyway. I find the classic hero, who is perfect in every way and completely fearless, kind of boring. Gadreel is the type of hero I enjoy reading about.


Sabina dismounted her horse and treaded up to the gate. She placed a hand on the stone wall and lurched back. “A witch cast a binding spell on this town.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“A magical binding is a hex that restrains people, preventing them from doing something.” Sabina placed both palms against the gate and closed her eyes briefly. “An effective sorcerer did not want the people of this town to leave.”

“Why?” I asked.

“I’m not sure.”

I rode past the gate into Warwick, and the others followed me.

We climbed off our mounts. I kissed my horse on its neck and told him to lead the others to water. They galloped away, and we ambled on. Every surface, every blade of grass and twig, grew long ice crystals. In the distance a low clinging fog concealed the homes at the top of the road. 

We continued toward the east of town and ran across a monastery. Blackened and charred walls crumbled under the weight of ashes. The ruins were still smoking, even in this frigid weather. We maneuvered the creaking threshold and came across the charred remains of several monks. One of them lay curled knee-to-nose, while another gripped his pectoral cross with both hands. Glass littered the floor where the windows had broken, and oil lamps lay blackened and twisted on the ground amid the corpses.

“Almost nothing escaped the bloody fire,” Golem said.

Dracúl banged his fist against a wall, almost knocking it down, and stormed out of the monastery. I followed him, and the others trailed behind.

“There’s a castle on the hill,” I said. “Let’s go there. Perhaps there’s someone who can tell us what happened here.”

Dracúl stared ahead, blood tears pooling in his eyes, and we moved on. 

More rotting bodies lay strewn on the streets as we made our way to the castle. Most had missing parts. Many of the corpses’ middles had a strange bowl-shaped appearance. Upon closer inspection, we realized that their organs had been removed. Their chests and abdomens caved in because they were hollow. 

“Why?” Golem whispered. 

There should have been a foul stench in the air, but the cold, dry winds somehow inhibited the release of the disgusting stink coming off the dead bodies. 

We knocked on doors and searched inside the dwellings. We passed the charred remains of a house. Upon investigation, we learned that the only edifices burned down were those that stored food and sheltered livestock, but this particular house was a regular family home. Why was it burned? Only its skeleton stood under the vibrant wintry sun. Sabina rushed inside, and before long, a scream pierced the air. We hurried in to find Sabina motionless with her hands covering her mouth. I steeled myself, went to her, and gasped at the gruesome scene. 

I hope the excerpt intrigued you. The poetry form I used for my opening poem is a Shadorma. Thanks again for the visit.

27 Responses to “Poetry Friday: The Rise of Gadreel (BookTour – 3)”

  1. Gwen M. Plano April 9, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

    What a great excerpt and fantastic image! I’ve got The Rise of Gadreel on my Kindle, and will definitely read it soon. I’m looking forward to it very much! 💗

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi, Gwen! I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed the excerpt and are looking forward to reading my book soon! That’s exciting news! Thank you. ❤ xo


  2. Jacquie Biggar April 9, 2021 at 2:13 pm #

    Compelling excerpt, Vashti. I love the covers on your books!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 9, 2021 at 2:34 pm #

      Thank you, Jacquie! I’m happy you liked the excerpt and my book covers. I wanted to give each book the feel of an ancient tome. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Jan Sikes April 9, 2021 at 2:30 pm #

    I love flawed heroes, Vashti. If they are too perfect, they aren’t believable. I love the Shadorma, and the compelling excerpt!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 9, 2021 at 2:36 pm #

      I feel the same way, Jan. Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed the poem and excerpt. Thank you! ❤ xo

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  4. olganm April 9, 2021 at 2:49 pm #

    I’ve never liked totally good or totally bad characters, and the same goes for heroes. If you are perfect, it’s too easy! Love the excerpt as well! Take care!

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    • Vashti Q April 10, 2021 at 9:25 pm #

      I absolutely agree, Olga. Thank you❣️ Stay safe and healthy!


  5. Annette Rochelle Aben April 9, 2021 at 3:04 pm #

    The heroes that no one would suspect. When you find out, your mouth hangs open a bit and you can’t blink!

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  6. John W. Howell April 9, 2021 at 3:26 pm #

    A super excerpt, Vashti. Best wishes on the book tour.

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  7. coldhandboyack April 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm #

    Wow! Sounds like a bad day for the main characters. I’m with you on less than perfect characters. I like mine a bit weird and defective.

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    • Vashti Q April 10, 2021 at 9:29 pm #

      Weird and defective sound great to me! So much more interesting.😘

      Liked by 1 person

  8. memadtwo April 9, 2021 at 7:12 pm #

    I agree, Vashti, a hero should always be human. You certainly know how to build tension with your words. (K)

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    • Vashti Q April 10, 2021 at 9:33 pm #

      I’m glad you agree. That’s an amazing compliment!😀 Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. robbiesinspiration April 10, 2021 at 1:18 am #

    A great poem to go with this extract, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 10, 2021 at 9:35 pm #

      Thank you, Robbie❣️ I’m glad you liked the post.


  10. Marje @ Kyrosmagica April 10, 2021 at 2:51 am #

    Great excerpt Vashti and I agree I prefer heros with flaws too. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. harmonykentonline April 10, 2021 at 6:31 am #

    Great excerpt and verse, Vashti. Agreed, definitely a hero with flaws. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 10, 2021 at 9:41 pm #

      Hi, Harmony! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the excerpt and poem. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  12. yvettemcalleiro April 11, 2021 at 10:39 pm #

    Those are the kind of heroes I like as well. Great poem and excerpt! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 13, 2021 at 4:02 pm #

      Heroes with flaws are more fun to read and write. Thank you, my friend. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  13. D.L. Finn, Author April 12, 2021 at 1:03 am #

    Flawed heroes are the best. Great poem and yes, Gadreel is one of these heroes! Xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 13, 2021 at 4:03 pm #

      I’m so happy you think so, Denise. That means a lot to me. Thank you! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

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