Desperate Magic

Desperate Magic

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by Rebecca York
     
 

Book three of The Chronicles of Arandal

Willow was left behind when her sister Rowan fled Valleyhold and became Queen of Arandal. Now she's receiving broken telepathic messages from the new queen, begging for help. She'll do anything to reach her, even if that means risking her life to break through Valleyhold's protective magic.

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Book three of The Chronicles of Arandal

Willow was left behind when her sister Rowan fled Valleyhold and became Queen of Arandal. Now she's receiving broken telepathic messages from the new queen, begging for help. She'll do anything to reach her, even if that means risking her life to break through Valleyhold's protective magic.

Dragon shifter Cullendor sees opportunity in Willow's desperation. He needs someone to show him how humans behave so he can steal the throne of Arandal from Rowan's husband. After he saves Willow's life, he thinks she's just the woman to teach him. But when he seduces her, he's not expecting her to teach him how to love.

As Willow and Cullendor draw closer to Rowan, Cullendor begins to wonder whether power is really more important to him than love. But once Willow discovers the secrets he's been hiding, how will he convince her that his feelings are real?

22,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426895784
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Chronicles of Arandal
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
284,904
File size:
197 KB

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A sudden burst of pain slammed into Willow's shoulder, and she cried out, struggling not to pitch forward. When she was steady on her feet again, she turned around and saw one of the youngsters from the village standing twenty yards away, a look of satisfaction on his rounded face.

He had hurled a bolt of power at her—a schoolboy's clumsy assault. He should have hit her square in the back. She could do far worse to him if she chose, but she ordered herself not to retaliate.

"Is this how you amuse yourself?" she asked, hoping her voice sounded calm. Six months ago she would have been shocked by the attack. Now nothing surprised her.

His expression was defiant. "Your sister betrayed us. You'd do the same, if the elders hadn't fixed it so you can't leave the village."

"My sister didn't betray anyone. She escaped to save her life."

Willow hoped she spoke the truth. In reality she didn't know if Rowan was alive and well. She could only pray to Ravina for her safety.

The boy made a scoffing sound. "She left Valleyhold with an outlander. He could bring his soldiers back here to slay us all."

Prince Grantland of Arandal, she silently added. And as far as she knew, all he'd wanted to do was get out of Valleyhold alive. Aloud she said, "He won't do that. And if he did, they wouldn't get through the wards."

"No thanks to you. The elders don't even trust you on shield duty, do they?"

It was true. Every adult in Valleyhold took his or her turn sending psychic energy to the invisible dome that kept invaders from their high mountain refuge. Everyone but her.

More than a hundred years ago, her people's psychic powers had branded them as witches in the kingdom of Arandal. Those who had escaped with their lives had found asylum in this hidden valley and erected a barrier that prevented enemies from attacking. But it also kept anyone inside from leaving—unless they were given specific permission.

Willow sighed, knowing there was no point in trying to defend herself with words—or any other way.

Hoping the little vermin wasn't going attack again, she turned and marched up the hill toward the meadows where she could be alone. She had a carry bag slung over her shoulder, with some food and extra clothes. If she wanted to stay up on the mountain in one of the sheepherder's huts, she could.

Until her seventeenth year, Valleyhold had been a place of friendship and laughter. A place of warmth and comfort where she'd felt secure in her role as a highborn daughter of respected parents. Now it was a prison, with no escape.

Instead of stopping to gather the herbs she'd promised her mother, she climbed steadily away from the village.

She had learned her lesson the hard way and stopped well short of the protective dome. Every time she'd approached the barrier, her head had begun to pound and her breath had grown labored. She knew that if she tried to get through, she would kill herself in the attempt. She was trapped in here, and she had to accept that.

She had had good reason to leave. Her parents had betrothed her to a powerful wizard who hid his evil plans from all but a few people. Rowan and Grantland had killed him, been threatened with death or worse by the elders and managed to escape.

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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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