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Battle for Manalar: Sister Seekers 8

by A.S. Etaski

My sister is in grave danger, captive in the city of Witch Hunters. As Manalar prepares for war, a Red Sister's only chance lies in infiltrators from Augran. I shall join them.

The prosperous port of Augran thrives in diverse trade with the Dwarven Clans. The Bishops of Manalar have withdrawn defiantly into the Temple of the Sun, scorning their past allies.

The Ma’ab Empire has sent their dark army out of the Far North, seeking not riches but a small, well-protected spring high upon a mountain. The sacred pool of Manalar is said to bless all mages who control it.

On the fringe, there’s Gavin and me. Each dedicated to our purpose, we garner allies from Augran and the Clans of Taiding willing to see them through. My Dragonblood bodyguard, Mourn, reinforces our strengths as we expect others like us to jump out of hiding and into the fray.

I failed one sister. I will not fail another.

Sirana’s desperate search upon the Surface reaches its culmination in Battle for Manalar, where foes and allies unite and clash in this transformative event driven by opportunity, righteousness, and reprisal.

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Tropes: Astral Projection, Band of Brothers/Sisters, Band of Misfits, Beyond the Grave Communication, Big Sword, Born Hero, Burial Ground/Cemetary, Conspiracy, Dragonriders, Enemy to Ally, Evolving Powers, Fellowship, Found Family, Here Comes the Cavalry, Humanity is Dangerous, Humanity is Good, I See Dead People, Immortality, Inaccessible Magic, Interspecies Romance, Library of Secrets, Lost Civilization, Lucky Novice, Magic Talisman, Magical Disaster, Person in Distress, Powerful Artifact, Prophesy, Pseudo European Society, Psionic Powers, Redemption Arc, Sex Magic, Training, Wise Mentor

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters


“We must break her first,” Keros insisted in the holy tongue unknown to the demoness. “We must present her to the others, docile and harmless, before I lead the purge.”

“Yes, Holiness.”

Keros had expected it to take only a few hours. Now, they hadn’t slept and had barely eaten for more than a day.

It isn’t going well. She deceived us.

For days the captive had sat in the dungeon with no man either witnessing or sensing her capabilities. Now, after revealing her true form in the crypt, the demoness used magic.

Powerful magic.

Through the evening and night and well past the dawn of the next day, the evil creature was still not drained by his manacles despite her body’s clear exhaustion. Her aura surged with little discretion or predictability other than when she was under threat.


This was a core flaw in his design, Vene soon realized, the workaround she had discovered. She wasn’t concentrating on spells. She had no precision, showing neither intent nor training. He doubted she focused on any affinity, be it life or death, divine inspiration or earthly pattern.

No. She was chaos.

Reviews:Erid Adderly on ARC Reader wrote:

We’ve gone from the microcosm of two characters hashing things out, one-on-one, to a dozen+ people all trying to get on the same page. It’s delightful to see all different reactions coming from cultural contrasts and from individual personalities, tested again and again… No character leaves the same as when they entered it.

Sam on Amazon UK wrote:

Compelling. This story, part of a series, picks up immediately where the previous one leaves off, but its nature is a marked change.

Ostensibly, this is a rescue mission and a heist rolled into one, but the twin disorienting factors - of being in a foreign land and the exertions of battle - bring a horror element to the table. The pages seem to turn themselves, and long before the end you can feel the exhaustion creeping into the characters' very bones! Through it all, there remains the hope that the Sun still shines and the friendships formed will be steadfast.

About the Author

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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.