Someone is killing the guildmasters of Erynal.
Its monarchy long dead, Erynal has been ruled for generations by a Guide selected from among the leaders of its many powerful guilds. Erynal is blessed with wealth, peace and tranquility… perhaps a bit too much tranquility for some. With the previous Guide dead, someone
seems determined to make sure that no one replaces him for long.
In SURVIVAL TACTICS, a novel for those who prefer their fantasy with intrigue rather than elves and unicorns, Sathren watches the repeated tragedies with horror. But shopkeepers do not get tangled up in murder plots, and what can one unimportant person do? That is what
she thinks until her own guildmaster, a man who has been a mentor and friend to her, seems to be the assassin's next target. Sathren steps in as acting guildmaster to take her mentor's place at the Choosing ceremony, and no one is more astonished than she when she is selected
Now Sathren must rule an unstable country, try to unmask a ring of killers, and stay alive long enough to do it. She has to quickly learn who she can trust, who she should throw a shoe at, and when it is safe to come out from under the bed. And if she can manage all that, Sathren has one more challenge to face.
Guides are chosen for life.
Ok, everyone knows I don't do science fiction but I'd read this. It's a blathery (but not total blather) hook but if you had good pages I'd overlook that. I like the sense of humor, I like the energy.
And for all of you grammarians and knicker-twisters, let's just have a brief reminder: this isn't a spelling and grammar contest. This is about hooks. I'm reading these the way I read my slush pile. I'm not spell checking and grammar checking you and if there are three mistakes you're out. I'm look for fresh ideas, good writing and ENERGY.
The best way to convey those things is with a focused and well written hook.
There are exceptions.
This is one.