Driven by pride and the word of a long dead seer, Ghengis Khan will stop at nothing to rule the world. Sacrifice, murder and blind ambition drag him towards a destiny he cannot escape. An alternate story about the legendary Khan of Khans filled with dark magic, blood debt and retribution.
I wasn't exactly sure where the story would go. I just kept writing what flowed through my mind's eye. It was as though I was transcribing a movie. Jotting down the conversations. Describing what I saw, heard and smelled. I suppose I wasn't surprised when the story took a dark turn. For some reason, my stories usually do. Except Fire Rain - that one is fun, lighthearted and a hoot to read.
From the moment Xin entered Genghis Kahn's gher the story began to unfold so quickly I was amazed. And relieved. Xin may have been tiny, but there was a strength to her that grabbed the story and took it in a direction I wasn't expecting. Needless to say, I was happy (and a little shocked).
I did a lot of reading about Genghis Kahn, so there are facts woven through this story. Superstitious beliefs, like not stepping on the threshold as you enter a gher, and the direction they walked around the gher's central fire are based on fact. Most of the story, though, is straight from my mind. (A little worrying to those who know me.)
When I was asked to submit a short story to the Return Anthology, I had no idea what to write. All I had was a list of dates when Halley's Comet cut across our skies. A lot to choose from. A lot of history to research. What I learned about Genghis Kahn hooked me. Now what to write? As I only write fantasy, I couldn't help but add in blood, magic and sacrifice. I doubt history followed the exact path I led my Genghis Kahn along. At least I hope not! If it did, I'll never look at Halley's Comet quite the same.
Sharing a snippet from a story is scary. You never know what people will think. What bit to share? I have no cover for this short story yet, but I'll get one soon so I can add it to the available retailers. This Book Bubble comes from a story I had published in an Anthology called Return. The Bubble is not taken from the beginning, so I hope it makes sense. Nothing worse than coming in halfway through a story and having no idea what's going on. Anyway, this story is not based on fact, though some of the names and places are real. (I doubt Genghis Khan really did the horrible things I make him do.)
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