Through the Hostage

When survival is all that matters

What readers are saying about Through the Hostage:

4.5 stars: ‘…a sophisticated read with complex, intricate world-building, well-fleshed-out characters and smooth, clever dialogue.’ Knockin’ Books Blog

5 stars: ‘A world full of danger, mistrust and political power.’

5 stars: ‘The world that has been created within the pages of this book is one of the most original I have read in a long time.’ Readers’ Favorite

5 stars: ‘…skillfully drawn with a thought -provoking religion and philosophy.’

5 stars:The world-building was out of this world (both literally and figuratively) and full of conflict and betrayal and suspicion and hostility.’

3/4 stars: ‘Alien mercenaries. Telepathic abilities. Intrigue. A race to the finish with deadly stakes.’ Online Book Club

5 stars: ‘…a fresh, vibrant world full of engaging characters and tense situations.’ 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Through the Hostage

When survival is all that matters

Khyria Ilan is a commander in the Cortii, the most elite mercenary organisation in known space. With a past she can’t remember, and commanders who would love to see her dead, her future is likely to be short: her command faces their ultimate test to prove their right to survive.

When the odds are impossible, sometimes the only thing to do is play the game…

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Thirty percent of Cortiian trainees don’t survive the training, and Wildcat Cortia has been missing its commander since its first orbit in training. Now, seven years later, and slated to face the final, lethal test to prove their right to seniority, they’re undisciplined, leaderless, and have no hope in the hells of surviving.

Through the Hostage is the first book in the award winning Cortii series – find out what all the excitement’s about today!

Writing of Through the Hostage:

I began writing Through the Hostage in my early teens. At the time, I wasn’t much of a writer. I didn’t even particularly enjoy essay assignments in class, and given the amount of frustration I suffered trying to put 300 words together, the idea of writing an entire book was off-putting.

I started out in a notebook I’d picked up somewhere. It was about the size of my hand, but the pages were a lot less intimidating to fill than a full A4 sheet. I didn’t expect to finish that notebook. I expected the entire project would fizzle out, sometime during that wet spring. Certainly by summer.

By the next year I’d finally graduated to A4, and I was writing obsessively. I finished the first draft of Through the Hostage that same year, and it sat, in my horrible, hand-written scrawl, in a folder I kept safely buried among my other school work. (I needn’t have bothered hiding it, in fact; my handwriting is and was so utterly awful I could have pinned it on a school bulletin board and likely no-one would have been able to figure out what I was saying.)

The small group of people who read that initial draft will recognise the bones of this story, but I’m sure they’d agree with me that what I wrote then wouldn’t have merited five-star reviews. This book has grown and changed a lot in the intervening years.

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UK International Novel Writing Competition

The news of the year to date: both Through the Hostage and Fighting Shadows made it through the initial cut to get into Round 2 of the UKNWC. This is particularly awesome, not just because from 3,000 plus entries, they both made it into the 250 cut, but also because...

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Define ‘mercenary’

Can the Cortii be called 'mercenaries'? Well, I had an interesting contention a couple of weeks back that no, they couldn't, because they undergo intensive training and have a command structure, so I thought I would look up the question and see if I'd been basing my...

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Through the Hostage Prologue

Prologue: Face to face, after days of careful observation, Ilan’s black hair was slightly wavier than she had remembered, and the deep green of her eyes was colder. Otherwise, excepting the changeful pattern of scars, her commander looked remarkably similar to the...

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