The Noblemen (Sneak Peek)

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Disclaimers:

Thank you so much for visiting this page! I would just like to caution you, this book is historical, so it’s set in the early 1800s, mostly in a fictional Nordic country in Europe, but in the very beginning it is set in Pre-Canadian territory. Remember the excerpts on Page Two are not full chapters, they’re just scenes, so they are missing some context, and a lot takes place between some of these scenes. I just wanted to give you an idea of the story and how the character dynamics develop over multiple years.

Some of the language and dialogue is quite archaic, meaning we don’t use some of these words the way we did in the past, so some words and phrases may sound oddly placed to you, but that’s because they are being used in their archaic sense. Such as “call” which to us means phone call or yelling to someone, when the archaic meaning is “a visit.” The prose is a bit more intense and strange than in the Zarry stories, but I truly hope you’re still able to find enjoyment in reading The Noblemen, and that you can hopefully still fall in love with the narrative and the characters at the core of all the old language and descriptions.

Trigger Warnings:

I cannot stress the amount of trigger warnings there are for some of these scenes on the next page, as well as the book as a whole. If you are uncomfortable with misogyny (women being slapped, imprisoned, and berated) rape, abortion, murder, torture or genocide, you might want to sit this one out. Seriously. This book is not for the faint at heart, and it is incredibly politically incorrect. The characters are archaic in their opinions, attitudes, reasoning, and lifestyles, and the love story is unconventional and quite dark.

Ember turns sixteen when the book first begins and is twenty-one by the ending. This is set in a nineteenth century patriarchy, so men rule and women hold little power unless they are married to preeminent men. Even then, they are still the property of their husbands to use and discard at leisure. In this world, women of color are nothing, which is what Ember will discover. However, by virtue of who she is (intelligent, intuitive, impulsive, and indignant) and in spite of her coloring, she rises to power through adversity and single-handedly brings this nation to its knees.


Page One: Disclaimers & Character Descriptions

Page Two: 12 Scenes From The Story


The Noblemen (Summary)

One girl’s coming-of-age in the custody of callous military leaders results in her rise to power in a 19th century patriarchy and ultimately a steep death toll.


Ember (The Protagonist):

Ember is a headstrong young mulatto of English descent who is abandoned in the care of her aunt and forced to work off the woman’s debt in the home of a pitiless dotard. Once she sabotages all of her aunt’s painstaking arrangements for her marriage to local suitors, she is left with no choice but to wed her elderly employer, as he is the only man still willing to have her.

In her eyes, this is a fate worse than death. At only fifteen years old and never having ventured beyond her tiny woodland village, Ember robs a man of his horse and sets off into the unknown. Devoid of shelter, all means of survival, and no final destination in mind, it is not long before she is thrown from the unruly steed and left for dead. When a company of soldiers stumble upon her cold and mired body, she realizes her misfortunes have only just begun.

Lost amid a sea of officers and trusting to none, Ember blossoms into womanhood in the custody of a man who contests her freedom at every turn. Chained and shipped overseas, never to see her family again, she must adapt to a new life of drudgery and is forced to serve even the servants. Throughout this harrowing journey, she is thrown into many roles and endures many fates, all of which challenge her principles and task her heart.

Ultimately Ember becomes a girl willing to embark anywhere, risk anything, and confront anyone to acquire the man she loves. A man she should rightfully hate. If that means following him to realms ravaged with pestilence and war, she undertakes to do so without question. If that means attempting to learn his craft and mimicking the deeds of the soldiers she once impugned, she does not hesitate in the least.

The Duke (Antagonist):

A titan. A ruthless visionary. A man determined to gain by any means necessary. As the second most preeminent monarch in the country, this Grand Duke’s power, influence, and wealth fall only short of the King. He sits upon a sprawling duchy and a monopoly of violence, leading the country’s largest military arm and principal line of defense. As heir presumptive to the sitting King, who despite multiple marriages remains childless in his old age, the Duke will cut down anything in his path on his way to the throne. Having been bred to obtain this seat his entire life, nothing will stop him from acquiring what is rightfully owing to his bloodline. Not war, not pestilence, and least of all not the antics of a baseborn scullery maid unfit to enter his presence.

Lord Commander (Antagonist):

Lord Commander: Leader of the largest and most lethal military force in the country. His allegiance to the Duke is obsessive; and paralleled only by his faithfulness to his mission and his men. But from the moment he lays eyes on the unlikely trespasser brought before him for questioning, his world is irrevocably changed. Caught between duty and distraction, his loyalty will be continuously tested as he finds himself ill-prepared for war with this defiant ward. One who scoffs at the levers of power in his world and makes a mockery of the tenets he holds dear.

Tillary (Confidant):

Equally baseborn and leading a life of servitude, Tillary is a kindred spirit to Ember and joins the team’s travels mid-route before they embark across the Atlantic Ocean for Europe. Tilly is a headstrong barmaid and a survivor, unafraid to speak her mind, protect her dearest friend, and better her lot by any means necessary. The two maids developed a deep confidence and an enduring bond resilient to men, circumstance, and even forcible separation.

Lord Lieutenant (Antagonist):

As Lord Lieutenant, Storm is the fourth most powerful man in all the country and loyal to none but his sword. He has a lust for blood and violence, and in absence of the Commander, all must answer to him. Zealous, rigid, and at times unhinged, this officer is eager to get his hands dirty in pursuit of success and the completion of all missions.

(Although he does not feature prominently in the first book, he is introduced towards the latter half of the story and plays a key role in the madness of the ending. He will feature more prominently in Book 2 of this series, which deals with the fallout from the ending of Book 1.)


Page Two: 12 Scenes From The Story

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Paula
Paula
5 days ago

I’m exposing my crazy here but I had an interesting dream last night starring Zayn, David Dawson and the Lord Commander from The Noblemen!! Damn why did I have to wake up…lol. Look what you’ve done to me AD … hahaha

Lulu
Lulu
18 days ago

I love it, but this English is so hard to understand crying emoji. You’re very talented writer AD!

Hazelstylik8
Hazelstylik8
26 days ago

Hey AD am glad i took my time reading this. Again am blown away by your writing skills. i love it am looking forward to reading the actual chapters.

Angela Stathis
Angela Stathis
29 days ago

Finally I read all the sneak peaks… wow.. I always said that you have a way with words (even if I had to use translation sometimes) but I’m glad that I picked your historical book to be my first one…only one problem:
I WANT THEM ALL RIGHT NOW….

Denise
Denise
1 month ago

I decided to read all the scenes and comment accordingly. I’m going to read it again to make sure I understand everything and that I didn’t miss anything. But let me tell you that I am incredibly proud of you. I already knew you were a great author, but this is a whole other universe of imagination. Everything is excellent, from the way you write to the words you use. My vocabulary pales in comparison to yours lol. But google translate and Cambridge dictionary will definitely help me! I’m looking forward to reading Ember’s journey from beginning to end. From a little girl who had lost everything to a fearless woman who made men and women kneel! It’s wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. It’s an honour to be able to read your books. Love you ❀️

Hana kid
Hana kid
1 month ago

why aren’t you posting the actual chapters??

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Marincola
Marincola
1 month ago

This is fantastic. I can’t believe you have not wanted to share this?

Valerie Williams
Valerie Williams
1 month ago

Wow. This story is gonna be epic. Can’t wait for the full story. You’ve outdone yourself AD πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Paula
Paula
1 month ago

How are you not a published author already! I can’t wait to be fully immersed in Ember’s world and share her harrowing journey. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I admire your versatility as a writer, you are so talented! Can’t wait for the ebook:)

Angela Stathis
Angela Stathis
1 month ago

Well… i have read only the 2 scenes so far due to things I have to do cause of Orthodox Easter…but… I really like it so far…

Begi
Begi
1 month ago

You never cease to amaze us AD! This is wonderfully writtenπŸ’•

Saloni Bhingardive
Saloni Bhingardive
1 month ago

GOSH! WHEN WILL IT BE ON WATTPAD? I CAN’T WAIT! πŸ’•

Jane Jones
1 month ago

Loved it I’m all in! I can’t wait to read it in full . I feel a bit bereft now to come out of that world so good was your writing I was immersed

Jason
Jason
1 month ago

Not sure if this will be seen but the imagery is vivid and emotions visceral. Love that the Captain calls her Em, that he doesn’t pet her like a simple child but teaches her to defend herself.
Love her vivacity and tenaciousness. She wears her name well…a fiery one.
The way she chooses to exact her revenge on that rapist ahole with her bare hands is beautiful.
I had to adjust my mind to the language, still adjusting but it’s a pleasant departure from the norm.
Can’t wait to see what’s next. Am at 9.

Denni
Denni
1 month ago

Oh the indignation!!!!! Masterful writing, love the old world language. Always been a fan of old English, these were actually my favourite types of romance to read. Spectacular job love, I hope to be able to read this story in it’s entirety.

Rhonda
Rhonda
1 month ago

Only had time to read scene 1 but I like what I’m reading so far. I’m on vacation next week so I’m going to read the rest then during some downtime. I like historical books and movies. I keep getting distracted by the picture of The Duke.

Willow
1 month ago

OMG!!!!!!! I’m in love with this book already!!! Too good!!! Waiting for the ebook!!! Godspeed AD!! πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

Dee Fisher
Dee Fisher
1 month ago

This is a personal comment to you. I have a love/hate relationship with you because of your Zarry outlook. But after reading your new book excerpts, I have a new found respect for your work. I am in awe of your talent. Congratulations!

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