No Demons But Us by A.S. Etaski
My sister died, and the Red Sisters suspect that I killed her. They’re watching me now, and I’m afraid but also ready for them.
I’m too young to be trapped already in the most wretched spot of any scheme: accused of killing the Matron’s heir. Dark Elves live for intrigue in our underground city of Sivaraus, and justice means nothing to the Red Sisters who enforce the Queen’s edict. Yet, I know the rules bend for the cunning and the bold, if only I can seize on the aspirations of those who succeeded before me.
To survive my sister’s death, I must confront what lies beneath the ravening eyes of the Sisterhood. I must discover that which is unspoken as they gaze at me. If I would thrive in pervasive webs of conspiracies, I must fight to reweave my place within them.
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 Dark Elf test her resolve to rise from the depths of the fear and hatred tearing her down.
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Etaski writes adult epic fantasy with an ever-expanding scope. Her series begins underground with an isolated race of Dark Elves. The beginning is not for the faint of heart, and perfect for fans of entwined plots, challenging themes, immersive worldbuilding, and elements of erotic horror. Sexuality and inner conflict play into character growth with nuance, intrigue, action, and fantastical magic
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.