theraider-bannerThe Raider

Length: short story

Genre: gay romance, historical, Vikings

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land.


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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Raider-Asta-Idonea-ebook/dp/B00SRQMJOY

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THORSTEIN DUCKED down, raised his shield, and braced against the impact as the volley of arrows descended. One punctured the wood, its point stopping just short of his eye. The groans that filled the air told him others had not been so lucky. Hefting the broken shield away, he adjusted his grip on his axe and rose to meet the enemy.

The native warriors extended their swords and charged en masse. Instinct took over as Thorstein swung his weapon, crushing the skull of one opponent and slashing into the neck of another. The smell of blood filled the air now as men fell on both sides.

The blow to his leg caught Thorstein by surprise and he sank to his knees. As he fell, he twisted his torso, embedding his blade into the side of his attacker just before the other man could strike again. He tried to stand, leaning heavily on his axe, but then he was struck on the back of his head and everything went black.

THE RAIDER is also a part of the STRANDED Anthology


NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name ofASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

ASTA IDONEA can be found at:

ASTA IDONEA also has a story – A WHALE OF A TIME –  in:


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