Dark Magic

Dark Magic

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by Rebecca York
     
 

Marrying her father's barbaric enemy for political gain is not the future that Princess Devon imagines for herself. She prefers escaping into the world of magic and legend described in books—books that suggest just how a princess could take the safety of a kingdom into her own hands.

When Devon awakens one night to find the mysterious Galladar in her

Overview

Marrying her father's barbaric enemy for political gain is not the future that Princess Devon imagines for herself. She prefers escaping into the world of magic and legend described in books—books that suggest just how a princess could take the safety of a kingdom into her own hands.

When Devon awakens one night to find the mysterious Galladar in her chamber, the lines between myth and reality begin to blur. Before he disappears into the night, the two share an intimate encounter that leaves her determined to follow her heart.

Devon leaves the castle on a quest to find the mythical dragon who can free her kingdom forever and release her from her father's plan. She's prepared to do whatever it takes to make her future her own. However, when she finds Galladar again, will she be forced to choose between her kingdom and her happiness?

22,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426891946
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Chronicles of Arandal
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
381,681
File size:
365 KB

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At night, Galladar prowled the great castle under siege. His leather boots made no sound on the stone floor. He was invisible to the king and the fighting men sworn to give their lives in defense of Arandal. No serving maid or lady in waiting spied him, but he watched them and knew their desperate plight.

Outside, he strode through the enemy camp, just as invisible, his breath shallow as the odor of unwashed bodies and greasy cooking fires swirled around him.

The barbarians held the fortress in their vicious grasp. Soon they would be free to rape and pillage and revel in their victory.

But Galladar had the power to change the whole equation, if he chose.

Was that to his advantage?

He had lived longer than any man, and he had learned caution. Or so he thought until he saw the golden-haired Princess Devon, so young and fair, suffering under the edicts of her father, the king.

As Galladar watched her, his desire for her grew.

Could he bend her to his will? Not in the way her father had done with gruff order, insane expectations and harsh punishment. There was a better way. Thinking of it made the blood rush hotly through his veins.

But he must not move too fast, lest he lose the prize he sought.

The smell of fire and brimstone invaded Devon's sleep, and for a moment she thought she had died and gone to a place of punishment. Then she woke and realized the smoke was coming from the inner keep.

When she heard shouts from below, the clanking of men running in full armor, she reached for the dagger hidden under her feather mattress and wrapped her hand around the jeweled hilt. Barefoot and wearing only her night rail, she leaped from the bed and braced her shoulders against the cold stone wall of her bedchamber as she waited, breathless, in the darkness for the invaders to fling open her door.

But the heavy wooden barrier stayed closed, and from below, she heard the commanding voice of her father, King Wilfred.

"Hurry! You there—Hugo, Cameron, men of the guard! Bring water buckets."

Moving to the narrow slits that served as windows, she peered down.

In the silvered light from the twin moons, she saw her father standing on a flight of stone steps, making himself a target if the barbarians breached the walls. But the calm control in his voice told her what she needed to know. The savage Lubantans from the south had not stormed the castle defenses. They had only lobbed another burning pot of pitch over the wall.

In the crowd of huddled humanity below her, Devon saw a woman she knew and went very still. It was Senna, one of her old friends from town when she'd still been allowed to mingle with the people. Senna's dark hair was matted, her gown filthy, and she was holding a screaming baby wrapped in a dirty gray blanket. When a soldier loomed over her, she cringed away.

"Shut that brat up before I smother him."

Senna had married three years ago. At eighteen, Devon was still her father's chattel.

But what was her own misery, compared to the chaos below? Families sat in groups, cowering from the soldiers as they rushed past to obey the king's orders. Devon's heart squeezed. She knew these people, and she ached for them.

It had been a wet season, so wet that the burning lands to the east had flooded, giving the Lubantans a means to reach Arandal in force.

Meet the Author

Award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling novelist Ruth Glick, who writes as Rebecca York, is the author of more than one hundred books, including her popular 43 Light Street series for Harlequin Intrigue. Ruth says she has the best job in the world. Not only does she get paid for telling stories, she’s also the author of twelve cookbooks. Ruth and her husband, Norman, travel frequently, researching locales for her novels and searching out new dishes for her cookbooks.

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Dark Magic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MinervaBN More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Rebecca York for years and didn't know what to expect with this story. It turned out to be a fun, sexy romp about a princess who thinks she's going to be a virgin sacrifice to a dragon. Only nothing ends up the way she expects--for her OR the dragon. Princess Devon has always been her father's prisoner--destined to be a bargaining chip in his negotiations with neighboring kingdoms. But now he's facing an invasion, and with the castle under siege, he plans to trade her to the rough, brutal leader of the barbarians. But Devon has other plans. At the urging of a dark, seductive stranger who comes to her bedroom, she escapes from the castle--determined to fulfil the terms of an ancient legend. But instead of making a terrible sacrifice, she has the potential to change her life. If she dares to risk her heart.
Mindy_Ross More than 1 year ago
Rebecca York is one heck of a writer. Her description is amazing. I havenot read any books of this type before, but Rebecca can count me in as a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago