“If we don't do it, he's lost,” Abishai says. “Gone to the crows and the dogs and the worms. Wouldn't he rather feed us, Joab? Wouldn't you, if you were dead?”Set during a time of muskets (maybe the eighteenth century), the story roughly follows the Biblical narrative. Abner kills Asahel; Joab avenges Asahel and later kills Absalom during the uprising against David; Joab will fall to Benaiah. The accumulation of power becomes a principal motivation, particularly for Abishai. Joab, the story's protagonist, does not appear to share his brother's lust for power but finds he cannot ignore his innate lust for feeding. Arkenberg creates some memorable if very bloody images.
To learn more about Megan Arkenberg and her work, check out her website or her blog Bitter Irony. “The Sons of Zeruiah” is the fifth story in King David and the Spiders from Mars. To win a paperback or ebook copy of the anthology, enter the May Giveaway: King David and the Spiders from Mars.