As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

No Demons But Us: Sister Seekers 1

A Polyamorous Dark Epic Fantasy

by A.S. Etaski

The Red Sisters are closing in. They're watching me. I'm terrified but ready.
I am quite young to be trapped in the most wretched spot of any scheme: accused of killing the Matron's heir, my own sister.

Dark Elves live for intrigue in our underground city of Sivaraus, but justice means nothing to the Sisterhood enforcing the Queen's edict. Yet, we all bend the rules for the cunning and the bold.

To thrive in pervasive webs of conspiracies, I must seize on aspirations of those who came before me. It'll be a fight to reweave my place in Sivaraus.

Whether I succeed or fail, I will no doubt discover all that lies unspoken in the ravenous gaze of the Sisterhood.

In No Demons But Us, A.S. Etaski spins the first threads of an intense and epic tale, in which the trials of a young Davrin test her resolve to rise from the depths of fear and hatred tearing her down.

Sister Seekers is a dark epic fantasy series for adults. With an ever-broadening scope, it's perfect for fans of entwined plots, challenging themes, elements of erotic horror, and immersive worldbuilding. Sexuality and inner conflict play into the character growth with nuance, intrigue, action, and fantastical magic. The series begins underground with an isolated race of Dark Elves whose intricate webs first ensnare then catapult us to places a Red Sister can only imagine in her dreams.

This book is on:
  • 1 To Be Read list

SALE!

  • Nov 1 - Nov 30: Grab the first in this provocative dark epic fantasy for 40% off! at Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Universal Buy Links
Published:
Cover Artists:
Genres:
Tags:
Tropes: Band of Brothers/Sisters, Becoming a Monster, Death by Sex, Enemy to Ally, Evolving Powers, Found Family, Hunted, Lucky Novice, Mirror Shows True Self, Psionic Powers, Secret Society, Sex Magic, Training, Wise Mentor


Setting: Underground elven city

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters

Excerpt:

There was a knock at the door, and I was almost relieved at the sign of change.  The red warrior let her superior inside the room with us, providing a ritualized gesture of welcome and respect after the door was secured behind her.  The gesture seemed genuine, as far as I could tell; habitual, but not reluctant or ironic.

“Sirana Thalluensareci,” the leader said, announcing me before herself.  She wasn’t looking at me yet; she adjusted her gloves as if she had recently put them on.

“Yes, Red Sister,” I said obediently.

“I am an Elder, Third Daughter.  You will address me as such.”

“Yes, Elder Sister.”

READ MORE

This one wore a uniform slightly different than the warrior; from a distance, one wouldn't be able to tell she was the leader.  Up close, I could say it had seen less activity; it was less worn in places, and something about the cut of the body harness accentuated her breasts, lifted them up instead of flattened them down, and did so without exposing any skin.

Again, I met a Red Sister’s eyes—a much darker crimson than the light copper of the warrior—and I wasn’t punished for it.  Immediately.

The sorceress tilted her head this way and that as she stepped around my chair.  Her eyes seemed to scan the air touching my body, my gown, and my hair rather than my physical form.  After completing a circle, the Elder stood in front of me once again and reached out with her gloved hand to wrap it around my throat.

My pulse beat like the wings of a panicking moth trying to escape a spider’s web; somehow, I hadn’t expected a direct touch without so much as a question asked.  My throat closed as it had whenever I had wanted to speak out against Jilrina, and it hurt.  I worried that the compulsion had returned, there was no stomachache or headache or bright lights before my eyes.

“Residual effects,” the Elder commented.  “A recent dispelling.  What spell, Sirana?  And who lifted it?”

I quivered like a tiny burrower beneath a hunter’s paw.  I’d already looked down voluntarily.  This wasn’t an interrogation I might have imagined in the lengthy time I'd waited in my chair.  She never asked me what I thought happened to Jilrina, where I was when she died, who was my witness, and so on.  The Elder asked directly about a magical compulsion being gone; one that my own Matron hadn’t known about.

Yet this sorceress could see its recent passing.  It was a spell that gave me undeniable motive to murder a First Daughter, and the incentive to assassinate a family member.

A Sister Killer, as Kaltra claimed.

I didn’t kill her.  I didn’t push her.

COLLAPSE
Reviews:Shane Starrett on GoodReads wrote:

"What I truly LOVED about this book was the unique way it bent some standard tropes for not only the romance genre, but for fantasy too. It is one of a few books which creates a matriarchal world and does it right. The strength of the women portrayed is not just ‘male characteristics’ slapped onto characters with female names, but each one is given a personality that is not only unique to them but reads so true to a distinctly female perspective. This stands out where other fantasy books I have read have not felt as organic as this one did. It was completely refreshing and the closest I can come to comparing it to would be C.J. Cherryh’s Atevi Foreigner universe.

The author built such a nuanced main heroine, and while you are cheering for her throughout the book, she is not without her faults, and that makes her an even deeper, richer character."


About the Author

Get the official Sister Seekers Prequel, "Sons to Keep," FREE when you join Etaski's newsletter at her website! https://etaski.com

Etaski writes adult epic fantasy with an ever-expanding scope. She enjoys Dark Elves, Dragons & Necromancers, and has been writing for mature lovers of Sci-Fi/Fantasy for fifteen years. She has scores of books waiting to get out.

She began Sister Seekers nine years ago on Literotica, not knowing how far it would go. She is now improving and publishing the entire epic with the support of her long-time fans, plus writing the next one, The God Wars, for patrons of Patreon.

Her most inspiring epic stories are Neil Gaiman's Sandman, Wendy Pini's ElfQuest, Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince, and J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5.