Because I rushed to get Valandra out in a month, and did the same with books two and three as well, I never quite had the ending I wanted. Now that my writing schedule has slowed down, I've had time to go back and revise the areas that I didn't like. Including the first books ending.
Now the ending is extended through two new chapters which bring everything up the the climactic showdown with Ashram, the wraith knight. Here is a excerpt from the new ending:
Excerpt from Valandra: The Winds of Time Cycle (Book 1)
Revised edition: New ending / Chapter 40.
“Now!” Queen Sabine shouts. The front-line advances, and racing forward, eclipses Gromelin in no time. Soon enough, the dwarf, who had a decent head start, is trailing behind the first wave of soldiers—desperately trying to keep up. His bulging eyes and determination as he looks side to side at the soldiers swiftly running past is almost comical.
Leif catches up to Gromelin, who’s holding his axe and running as fast as his stubby legs can carry him. As he runs alongside the dwarf, he draws out his Kukri blades as they approach one of the first of the decrepit warriors of the undead.
“I’ve got it,” Gromelin says.
“Not if I get it first,” Leif yells over his shoulder as he overtakes the dwarf.
“What?!” Gromelin barks, irritated by Leif stealing his kill. He purses his lips disgruntledly and picks up his pace to try catch up.
Leif quickly slices and dices the creature, sending it to the ground, and keeps on moving. As he leaves its crumbled form behind the undead monster starts to get back up.
“It doesn’t count as a kill unless it’s stopped moving!” Gromelin shouts out at Leif. Without even slowing down, he swipes his axe as he runs past the creature, cutting its skull in half like a melon. Then, upon seeing Leif engage more of the army of the dead a short way ahead, he scrunches up his face and lets out a determined huff as he rushes off to join Leif's side in battle.
Amazon will send out the updated files sometime later this week. Stay tuned!
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