They stood as face to face as possible. Colgrath towered over the impudent dhakkar. The onrala had played against drunken fools before, but never against a suicidal drunken fool. This would be an easy win...
'So, what are we playing?' the dhakkar asked as he studied the board and game pieces.
'The game is Nakheela, or Take-The-Crown, and,' the onrala caught Talon by the shirt front and dragged him halfway across the table,'I don't want to hear another word out of you 'til its over. Got it?'
Talon grinned cheekily and winked one eye.'Got it.'
Colgrath shoved him into the chair and set up the board. The game had begun...-excerpt from 'Wraithsong' chapter 1