Arena

Arena

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by Grace Draven
     
 

Herad of Ulien has been challenged to engage in ritual combat known as Arena for the right to keep his son. Recovering from wounds he received in an attack on his transport ship, he knows he will be defeated. Ulinar law doesn't allow provisions for illness or injury. It is fight or concede defeat, and that is an option Herad will not consider. But there is an… See more details below

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Herad of Ulien has been challenged to engage in ritual combat known as Arena for the right to keep his son. Recovering from wounds he received in an attack on his transport ship, he knows he will be defeated. Ulinar law doesn't allow provisions for illness or injury. It is fight or concede defeat, and that is an option Herad will not consider. But there is an alternative. He may name a champion to fight for him, and he chooses a most unlikely candidate--his son's human nanny... Savarin Jones is a sudakhan, a genetically enhanced human bred and trained to act as a front-line protector for exploration teams surveying recently discovered planets. Once respected members of the human race, they are now hunted and executed on sight. With a price on her head and the shame of a massacre in her past, she has gone into hiding. For eight years she has lived among the Ulinar under a false identity, working as caregiver for the son of Ulien's senior ambassador, Herad. It is a peaceful, if secretive life, a far cry from the one she left behind as a sudakhan. But that tranquility is shattered when Herad is faced with the prospect of losing his son. Suddenly, Savarin must reveal her notorious heritage and risk condemnation from the man she loves in order to save the child she adores...

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ISBN-13:
9781592794812
Publisher:
Amber Quill Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
72,391
File size:
0 MB

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He rose from the chair, coming to stand in front of her, and impatience sharpened his tone. "Savarin, for eight years I have entrusted you with the most precious thing I have. I have put my faith in you once more when I agreed to name you my champion. Now you will have to trust me."

Her heart hammered in her chest. The memories of Caserius 9, with its sun-blasted fields and the iron scent of blood in the scorching air, were nothing compared to this. If Herad bonded with her, she would be stripped before him, all of her thoughts, emotions, every nightmare and every fantasy laid out in all their chaotic glory for him to see, feel, and experience. He would know that for seven of the eight years she had resided in his house, she had loved him as fiercely as she loved his son. It wasn't bonding. It was destruction.

Her silence must have alarmed him, because he shook her gently, his black eyes boring into hers, demanding an answer. "What you reveal will go no further than the two of us."

Savarin closed her eyes for a moment. "I'm afraid that might be too far."

He shook her again, a little harder this time. She felt the strength in his hands, understood why humans were indeed inferior to Ulinar. "Give me your answer, Savarin. Arena awaits, and one of us will have to fight today."

She took a deep breath. A small child waited anxiously in his rooms to find out if he would stay with his father or be sent to a near stranger. It was imperative that she win in combat, and without Herad's help, she was destined to fail. No amount of her pride or dignity was worth that.

"I will fight," she said. "Let's make this quick."

Herad smiled, releasing her arms to reach upand cup her face with his long hands. The gentlest flutter grazed her mind, an awareness that he skated along the periphery of her thoughts. "Trust me, Savarin. Your secrets are safe with me."

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