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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Stacking The Shelves ~ 31/3


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Mrs Nelsons Bookshop hosted the Breathless Tour on February 11th; which had Jessica Khoury, Author of Origin, Brenna Yovanoff, Author of Paper Valentine, Andrea Cremer, Author of the best selling Nightshade Trilogy and Marie Lu, Author of Legend. 

Unfortunately I couldn't attend, but I was able to order my books and get them personalised. Here are my personalised books courtesy of Mrs Nelsons Bookshop. 

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Of Silver And Beasts by Trisha Wolfe


Of Silver And Beasts

by Trisha Wolfe


Series - A Goddess Wars Novel
Release Date - June 1, 2013
Genre - NA Dark Fantasy
Cover Designer - Steven Novak


Synopsis


In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.When nineteen- year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress.

In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

Excerpt 


I open my mouth to say something comforting, but I’m unsure of what. In this moment, I’m reminded that I know little about him. Other than the sarcasm and desire to understand nothing of my queendom, he hasn’t allowed me past the surface. But then, I have my own walls, hiding things I’d never want him or any other to know. And I understand that need to hide them. 

You can’t trust anyone. “Caben…” I start, but still can’t find the right words. 

He lowers his hand from his face, never taking his eyes off the glinting water top. 

“You’re right,” he finally says. 

“Let’s find the access to Lilly’s section.” 

A hollow pang hits my chest, and I’m not sure why. Something in his voice sounds lost, broken. I imagine the gears around my heart spinning faster, trying to keep up with my racing heart. When he sidesteps me, I reach out and grab his arm. 

“Caben, I didn’t mean—” 

“It’s fine, Kal,” he snaps. 

“We have work to do.” 

“No, I’ve said something to offend you.” 

I drop my hand, but keep close to him, not allowing him to leave my side. 

Goddess, trying to understand the male brain is harder than anything in protector training. I’ve heard people say that you have to tip-toe around a woman’s emotions, but a man’s ego is every bit as fragile, if not more so. 

He releases a heavy breath through his nose and walks back to the pool. He sits down along the edge and rolls up his pants, then slips off his boots. 

“I honestly don’t think Bax or his goons will be returning tonight.” He sinks his bare feet into the water and sighs. 

Glancing at the back of the cave, I plant my hands on my hips. We don’t have time for indulgencies, but the prince is still my charge. If it were my empress, I’d give her anything she’d ask for. Allow her as much time as she needed to collect herself. I have to watch over his mental state as well as protect him, so I try to push the pending need to find Lilly aside and sit down next to him. 

“Here,” he says, turning his hand out near my crossed feet. “You have to feel this.” 

A smile tugs at the corner of my mouth. 

“I can remove my own—” 

“Have you never been pampered a day in your life?” he asks, lifting an eyebrow. 

“I know that the Nactue are fierce and will put a hurt on any man for touching them. But try to relax.” 

“Is that the rumor in Perinya?” 

“What?” I bite my lip, suddenly regretting my blurt. 

“Nothing. Never mind.” 

From the corner of my eye, I see his lips pucker into a pinched smile, as if he’s trying not to. 

“Ah,” he says, like he’s made some great universal connection. “Well, there are many whisperings about the Nactue. Some I dare not repeat for fear I’d leave here missing a limb, but that’s one, yes.” 

He takes my booted foot and begins to unlace it. 

“I’ve heard that the empress’s protectors are untouchable—forbidden to give themselves to men. And that they’ll snap a man’s neck just for making an advance.” 

My mouth drops open. Appalled, I counter, “That’s not true.” 

“All right,” he says, as if he hasn’t just insulted my very existence. 

“It’s only rumors. Things men jaw about in pubs. The unattainable woman is a fantasy, Kal. Don’t be offended.” 

“Unattainable?” I grit my teeth, trying to maintain my composure. 

“Tell me, prince. Do men in your country just go around bedding every woman they can in order to keep them compliant?” I shake my head. 

“If their fantasy is a woman that would have nothing to do with them, it seems to me it’s their way of feeding their egos after being rejected.” 

His eyes widen. “No! How does your brain come up with these—” He bites off his words, his lips thin as he presses them together. 

“Look, it was a joke.” I nod, many times. 

“Another joke. I’m glad that our hard work and sacrifice is amusing to the men of Perinya.” 

Caben lets out another sigh and slowly pulls off my boot. His warm fingers skim my calf as he inches up my pant leg. 

“Just stick your foot in,” he says, then adds lower, “while I stick mine in my mouth.” 

Unexpectedly, I laugh. 

“At least it’s now clean,” I say. 

“Would you like some help getting it to your face?”

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Review ~ Transfusion: Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford


Transfusion

by Nikki Jefford


Series - Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter #1
Published - December 9, 2012
Publisher - Createspace


Synopsis


If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either. 

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand. 

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?

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About The Author

Nikki Jefford



Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She is the author of the Spellbound Trilogy and upcoming Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series. Nikki married Sebastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Feature & Follow Friday 29/3

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • You MUST follow BOTH Featured Blogs of the week (linked below)
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Release Day ~ Grimm Diaries by Cameron Jace


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Grimm Diaries (Prequels 11-14)

by Cameron Jace


Release Date - March 28, 2013
Genre - YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale



Synopsis 


10.5) Happy Valentine’s Slay by Wee Willy Winkie The real Sandman Grimm sheds a light on what happened in Jawigi, and tells about how some of the teens in Sorrow spend their Valentine’s Day. 

11) Children of Hamlin by the Devil The Devil tells the story of the Piper of Hamlin, who he really is, the historical events he witnessed, and his relationship to Ladle Rat. Most of all, why they call him the Black Death. 

12) Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale by Jack Madly Jack Madly stole a sack full of baby teeth from Bluebeard’s enchanted castle, which reminds him of when he first met the Tooth Fairy when he was a child; a memory he wishes to forget. 

13) Ember in the Wind by the Little Match Girl All the Little Match Girl wants is to sell her matches so she uses the money to eat and find shelter from the cold. But no one in the cruel city of crowded London helps her. Eventually, she learns something about who she really is, and it changes her life forever. 

14) Jar of Hearts by the Queen of Sorrow The Queen of Sorrow, still trapped in the Dreamworld summons Cassandra, the fortuneteller, to ask her about the identities of Lost Seven. The problem with Cassandra is that she’s cursed that her predictions will never be believed. The Queen is still determined to believe her, but it will cost more than she can bargain for.

Excerpt from Snow White Blood Red, the very first book in the series


Dear Wilhelm Carl Grimm, 

She is not that giddy, naïve, and helpless princess she pretends to be. Please don’t let her fool you with her innocence if you see her sing to the birds in the forest. Resist her charm from bringing joyful tears to your eyes, and shield yourself from her devious beauty before she deceives you into wanting to kiss her awake. It'll be a kiss of death. Your death. That’s how she fooled the Huntsman, Prince Charming, and me, her birth mother. 

I still remember the original script of the fairy tale, the one you wrote in 1812. It clearly stated that she was my own flesh and blood daughter. I don’t have the slightest idea why you altered it fifty years later. 

What was the point of turning me into an evil, narcissistic, and heartless stepmother, blinded by jealousy and envy of the young princess? 

For years, I have been looking forward to telling you the truth about her, but you were impossible to reach. 

I am glad I found your brother, Jacob. He told me that you wanted to tone the stories down so children could sleep better at night, instead of having nightmares about the Queen who sought to eat her daughter’s heart and liver. 

Shame on you, Wilhelm. 

You, of all authors, knew why I wanted to kill her. My actions were justified. I was trying to save my kingdom from her wrath, before everything we loved was destined to an end. The same way you had to rewrite the true fairytales after cursing us, so the War of Sorrows would end forever after. 

Night after night, and year after year, parents fed their children false bedtime stories, until your lies grew into inescapable memories. Your happily ever after lies, Wilhelm, shaped the so called fairy tale world. 

I wondered why you didn’t burn the original scripts, instead of rewriting them. You must have figured out that sooner or later someone would dig up the truth and expose you. Altering it was the smarter solution. You let children believe that the bites were resurrecting kisses, and that torturing glass coffins were made for sleeping beauties, waiting for a prince to come and kiss them awake. 

A wise man once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he was someone else. You did the same with us, Wilhelm. You turned us into pastiches of the immortals that we really are, and made it harder for us if wanted to persuade the world otherwise. 

I know that you did it to save us from her. And I appreciate how you concealed our real names, or we would have ended up like Rumpelstiltskin, tortured by those who knew of his real name. 

But sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why no one ever questioned why I was called the Evil Queen, and why I was never given a real name in the books. 

Was I so superficial to the world, so stereotypical and mundane? Why was I treated as if I were the monster of the week? 

You know what I think? I think that the world never got the time to hate me. It just wanted to hate me long before it met me. 

If I tell those who detest me about the true nature of their little princess, would they ever care about me half as much as they care about her? 

I know that deep inside, they adore me. They like the way I talk, walk, dress, and even the way I kill. 

They are just afraid to admit how much they love me. I am the Snow White Queen, strong enough that I don’t need anyone’s pity or love, because I am loved by the greatest and most majestic heart in the world: 

Mine. 

The Series 

Grimm Diaries (Prequels 1-6)

Published - November 19, 2012











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Published - January 19, 2013



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Cameron Jace




Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters      I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.      I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Interview w/ Luli Bunny ~ Momiji The Bookclub Collection



I've got a special post today and it is somewhat "book" related. As all will know I love books, but many may not know that I also love these Momiji dolls, seriously how cute are they? So my two loves were combined when Luli Bunny created the Bookclub Collection for Momiji. There are six characters and each represents a genre that they like. Designer of the Momiji Bookclub Collection, Luli Bunny, is here with us today to give us an insight into this collection. 

About Luli Bunny 




Luli Bunny is an illustrator and character designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a happy, colourful, quirky style that is naturally both adult and child friendly, and suitable for a range of applications, from editorial to patterns, greetings cards, picture books, stationery and toys.Clients she has worked with include Momiji, Phillips Avent, Ivy Press, Tesco, Editorial Puerto de Palos, Momishtoys, Monoblock and La Lectoría. She enjoys drawing bunnies, bears and cute furry colorful creatures and love kawaii and rodents.


Q & A with Luli Bunny 


How did the collaboration between yourself and Momiji  come about?

I was contacted by  Momiji  in 2010 with a proposal to design the book club series. I loved the brief and was very happy to start working on the dolls and developing their personalities and looks.   

How long was the process from ideas to production of dolls?

Approximately 1 year

What made you design a "bookclub" collection? 

In the brief it said that they were girls who wore glasses and who loved to read. I am a reader myself so at first I thought about what type of books I like to read but as part of the natural design process the character always ends up telling you what he/she likes, so for example Eve likes romantic stories and I don't read that kind of books :)

You created 6 dolls in your bookclub collection, what was your inspiration for each of them?

The 6 have a little something about me, or the type of book they read or the way they look (hair/eye color) or the way they dress.

Each doll has different outfits, can you please explain what made you think of those outfits? Does it corresponds with the type of book they are holding?

It does :) I heavily researched fashion and the type of books each character reads. I believe that for example Eve would always wear dresses and light color clothes and Clarice would prefer dark clothes and shirts.

Are you a reader? If so, what is your fave genre? 

I am. I like to read Comics, Pulp magazines, Westerns and Detective stories, especially by late Mikey Spillane

Welcome the Characters 


Momiji Book Club meet Enid

Enid ~ I like books about meditation

Momiji Book Club meet Phoebe

Phoebe ~ I like Sci-Fi stories about aliens

Momiji Book Club meet Clarice

Clarice ~ I like pulp fiction, detective stories and guessing the mystery before the end

Momiji Book Club meet Alex

Alex ~ I like reading about magic and predicting the future

Momiji Book Club meet Danielle

Danielle ~ I like cookbooks and dreaming of becoming a pastry chef

Momiji Book Club meet Eve

Eve ~ I like romantic stories, especially involving red heads 







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Blast ~ Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas


Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas


Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.



Praise

"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)

"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)

"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)



Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!


Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon




Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.





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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Promo Tour ~ The Exemeus by Folami Morris

The Exemeus

by Folami & Abeni Morris


Series - The Exemeus #1
Published - January 3, 2013
Publisher - Royal Colours Ink

The Exemeus (the Exemeus, #1)

Book Description


Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet. 

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.  

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime:inspiring hope. 

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #15 ~ Books I Recommend The Most


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

  1. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 
  2. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  5. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
  6. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  7. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
  8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  9. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier
  10. The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell

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Characters I would crush on if I was also a Fictional Character

Review ~ The Telepathic Clans by BR Kingsolver (The Succubus Gift)


The Succubus Gift

by BR Kingsolver 


Series - The Telepathic Clans Saga #1
Published - April 22, 2012
Cover Artist - Rebecca Sinz
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Synopsis


The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person. 

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family. 

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift. 

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid? 

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

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Succubus Unleashed 


Series - The Telepathic Clans Saga #2
Published - June 25, 2012
Cover Artist - Mia Darien








Succubus Rising


Series - The Telepathic Clans Saga #3
Published - February 14, 2013






Excerpt


Carlos stared at Don Rodrigo, writhing on the ground before him. Rebecca appeared by his side, startling him. His lover walked toward the Argentine Clan head, picked up his rifle, and pulled his pistol from its holster. 

“Good God, Rebecca,” Carlos exclaimed, standing over the Argentine Don. “What did you do?” 

“I haven’t done anything to him yet. Brenna has captured their minds. Now we need to figure out what to do with them.” 

He turned and looked at the young woman standing behind him, her black hair floating in the wind. She held a rifle in her hands. 

“All of them?” 

“Huh?” Rebecca followed his eyes. “Oh, yeah, she has all of them that still have minds. She wasn’t sure if she could take thirty at once, and she was worried about the distance.” Rebecca checked with Brenna mentally. 

“She says she has seventeen captured. That’s fewer casualties than Paris. I still get sick to my stomach when I remember that disaster. We weren’t trained as well then, and we were younger.” Donny walked over to Brenna and she handed him the rifle. 

“Whew,” Rebecca breathed a sigh of relief. “Try to keep loaded firearms out of her hands. She’s the worst shot in the world. If you think she needs a weapon, give her a frying pan.”

About The Author

BR Kingsolver


I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers. 

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada. 

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.


Review ~ Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn {Giveaway}



Fraction of Stone

by Kelley Lynn


Series - The Fraction Series #1
Release Date - March 21, 2013
Publisher - Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre - YA Fantasy

Fraction of Stone (Fraction, #1)


Book Description


There is only one among the Tarmack nation with the ability to wield magic, eighteen-year-old Rydan Gale. He lives like a prince, cherished for his talent to bend the fabric of the universe to his will. In the war against the Liasam, he is their ultimate weapon. 

The Liasam have a source of magic as well, but Akara’s mastery of her power is rudimentary at best. With a brilliant display of fire-rain Rydan’s side wins the war, giving the Tarmack sole control over dwindling resources due to the natural disasters ripping apart the earth. 

When Akara is sentenced to death, Rydan questions the motive, and discovers the leaders of the newly unified nation fear magic above all else. With war a memory, his skills no longer needed, Rydan suspects he is next. Throwing away every comfort, he pulls Akara from the flames of her execution and their lives as fugitives begin. 

Both have a tattoo on the back of their neck, the mark of an extinguished tribe. They discover the natural disasters plaguing the world are due to the tribe’s demise and only Rydan and Akara can save the crumbling world. 

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures and determined men hunting them. 

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.

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