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The Judge pointed at the far wall of her chambers, and a desert appeared. A vast gray sea of sand. The only thing that interrupted the barren landscape was an enormous reflective dome, beneath which I could make out a row of smokestacks and buildings, sticking up like crooked teeth and ringed by a dark wall.
“I want you to go in there,” she said, her finger trembling as she glared at the distant city with absolute loathing, “and destroy the portal. It’s what enables them to leave their realm and possess human bodies. They never should have gotten access to it in the first place.”
The Mazikin city didn’t look as big as the dark city, and the buildings weren’t as tall, but it was still huge. “Where is the portal?”
She lowered her hand but not her gaze. “The Mazikin are not under my authority.”
I guessed that was her way of telling me she didn’t know. “So I have to destroy the portal, and then I’m free to leave?”
“And kill the Queen. She’ll only rebuild it if you don’t.” The Judge stared at the distant dome. “She was one of the first. She carries the knowledge in her head.”
I clenched my teeth. “Okay. Destroy the portal. Kill the Queen. Anything else?”
Her eyes slid from the city to me, and her lips curled with amusement. “Isn’t that enough?”

CHAOS.

The book comes out three weeks from today, and here is another little teaser. Remember: if you preorder CHAOS (US only), you’ll get VIGILANTE, a short story from Ana’s perspective, for free (and it will give you a glimpse of what’s happening to Malachi).

Translated from Malachi’s Journal: Day 25515

Another Guard was ambushed and killed yesterday. His name was Hamal. West of downtown, south of Harag. He was felled by a scimitar, judging from his wounds, and his scimitar was taken. Now the Mazikin have at least three of the blades, and it appears at least a few of them know how to use them. I don’t know what is happening, but I need to figure it out quickly.

I’m so happy to finally be able to tell you guys about this! Over the last few years, I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of fans for this series, and so this is something I put together just for you. 
STORIES FROM THE SHADOWLANDS will be out October 6th, the day before CHAOS, and here’s more about it:
Not ready to leave the Shadowlands yet? From Malachi’s earliest days in the dark city to some of the characters’ experiences after the final scenes of Chaos, this bonus volume gives readers an in-depth look at other realms within the Shadowlands and what it means to be a Guard, whether in the dark city, or the land of the living.
It includes:
—All of Malachi’s journal entries (more than 200) including 30 exclusive, never-before-published entries that reveal his perspective during the events of Fractured
—A 50-page novella from Jim’s perspective (Libertine)
—Three bonus scenes from Sanctum from Malachi and Ana’s perspective (She is the Mission, An End and a Beginning, and The Dark Tower)
—Two lengthy scenes that show some of the surviving characters post-Chaos

This collection is available in e-book format, only. 
All together, it’s over 250 pages of bonus content, guys. As long as many YA novels. And you’ll be able to get it for $2.99. If you’re so inclined, you can PRE-ORDER it here!

I’m so happy to finally be able to tell you guys about this! Over the last few years, I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of fans for this series, and so this is something I put together just for you. 

STORIES FROM THE SHADOWLANDS will be out October 6th, the day before CHAOS, and here’s more about it:

Not ready to leave the Shadowlands yet? From Malachi’s earliest days in the dark city to some of the characters’ experiences after the final scenes of Chaos, this bonus volume gives readers an in-depth look at other realms within the Shadowlands and what it means to be a Guard, whether in the dark city, or the land of the living.

It includes:

—All of Malachi’s journal entries (more than 200) including 30 exclusive, never-before-published entries that reveal his perspective during the events of Fractured

A 50-page novella from Jim’s perspective (Libertine)

Three bonus scenes from Sanctum from Malachi and Ana’s perspective (She is the Mission, An End and a Beginning, and The Dark Tower)

Two lengthy scenes that show some of the surviving characters post-Chaos

This collection is available in e-book format, only. 

All together, it’s over 250 pages of bonus content, guys. As long as many YA novels. And you’ll be able to get it for $2.99. If you’re so inclined, you can PRE-ORDER it here!

Translated from Malachi’s Journal: Day 25509

The reports were true, and the surviving Guard confirms it. He was gravely wounded and is going to be retired, but he told me that a large group of Mazikin set upon them—and in the battle, the Mazikin managed to steal their scimitars.

Fadel is the name of the Guard who was killed. He is the first inhuman Guard to be killed in the line of duty in thousands and thousands of days. And the first to die on my watch. I swear, he will be the last. I have dispatched runners to every outpost to warn them of the threat.

Translated from Malachi’s Journal: Day 25508

I am leaving the station immediately to hike north through downtown. There are reports that Mazikin ambushed a pair of Guards and that one of them has been killed. I do not like what has been described to me and I am going to investigate it myself.

Translated from Malachi’s Journal: Day 25500

Ana noticed my lack of hunger and thirst. She pointed it out while we were sparring, but I was not willing to talk about it yet. She tried to beat me, remembering how weak Takeshi was in the end, no doubt, but I am still myself, and still strong, and she ended up on her back with my foot on her throat.

She seemed relieved.

I do not know if I should be trying to give her hope—I have not eaten a single bite in eight days. Nothing to drink for seventeen days.

I really do think my time in this city might be coming to an end.

I had chosen to die. So as I plummeted toward jagged rocks and crashing waves, I closed my eyes and let myself dream.
A sunny day. A warm breeze lifted my unruly curls. The boy who meant more to me than my own life laughed as he pulled me close and smoothed the hair out of my eyes. His easy smile softened the harshly beautiful lines of his face.
I love you, I said to him.
I know you do, he replied.
That was the way it should have been.
But I’d never gotten to say it, and he’d never gotten to hear it.
Not yet, at least. With every cell in my body, with every scrap of my soul, I would fight for that moment. The battle had already begun.

The first few lines of CHAOS.

The book comes out four weeks from today, and here are the first few lines. Remember: if you preorder CHAOS (US only), you’ll get VIGILANTE, a short story from Ana’s perspective, for free (and it will give you a glimpse of what’s happening to Malachi).

Anonymous said: When will Vigilante become available to Canadian readers?

Currently, VIGILANTE is available for free for readers in the US who pre-order the ebook of CHAOS. However, like Captive was after Fractured came out, Vigilante should be available for purchase in both the US and for readers worldwide after Chaos comes out on October 7th. I don’t know exactly how soon after, but as soon as I find out, I will definitely announce it!

Translated from Malachi’s Journal: Day 25487

I have noticed something, but I do not want to make too much of it until I am sure.

I realized this morning that I had not eaten in two days, and I have not felt the need to drink in at least that long. I have simply not felt that hungry or thirsty.

I am merely noting this here. It could be nothing.