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NEW KINGDOM. NEW FRIENDS.
NOT EVERYONE CAN BE TRUSTED …
Karina, Tristian, Rashka, and Sam venture forth into the wilderness of Soter on the next leg of their quest to retrieve the Armor of the Creator. With the ancient evil already affecting the kingdom, nothing in Soter is what it seems—from what skulks beneath the canopies of the woods to what lies within the sleek white and gold of the capitol city to the people Karina and Tristan have known since they were children.
Danger lurks around every corner. Discerning who to trust is paramount to staying alive and discovering the location of the Temple of Soter. Yet, to Karina’s horror, Faramos’s reach finds them time and again. The longer they are forced to dawdle, the more people are affected by the growing panic in Soter, and the closer Faramos is to taking over the Three Kingdoms. Can Karina retrieve the information they need while Tristan keeps his brother at bay? Or will the entire quest disintegrate before they even arrive at the temple?
From Chapter 12:
She opened her eyes to a shimmering green flame, reminiscent of the bonfire from their night in Greenhorn. She shrunk against Tristan’s side. He nudged her farther behind him and stood, pulling his sword.
Masculine laughter rose from amid the unusual flames. Rashka, her face a stoic mask, rounded the fire with her bow poised as she made her way toward Karina.
“What is happening?” Karina asked.
“I do not know, Prophetess.” Rashka fixed her gaze at the fire. “Stay back.”
The eerie flames danced and grew, reaching higher than Karina was tall. From the fire, a green hazy smoke billowed, taking the shape of a man. In the next moment, Karina locked eyes with Faramos Lemur. His sinister smirk made her gasp, and she stumbled backward. His dark hair was slicked back, his traditional black clothes somehow see-through in the green smoke.
“By all that’s created!” Tristan snarled.
“Greetings, brother.” Faramos’s gaze slipped from Karina to Tristan. “I see you all have made your way into Soter.”
“What do you want?”
“To see how the journey is treating you.”
“Why don’t you come on out and ask me in person?”
The smoke figure cackled. “Do not tempt me, dear brother. It is not like you have given me any reason not to kill you.”
“You’re not here to make good on that threat.” Tristan stood still, back rigid, though the ripple of his muscles proved he was ready to lunge. Karina had seen the stance often enough to know he expected danger. Was Faramos nearby?
“I see my former bride is still well.” His gaze found Karina again. He took the time to look her over, a lustful heat burning behind his dark eyes. “My offer still stands to unite our kingdoms.”
She shuddered. “Never. You have proven there is not a bit of good in your soul. You have been consumed by the evil you released.”
Faramos’s face contorted in apparent rage. “You would do well to remember your place, Your Majesty. In direct opposition of me is a dangerous place to be.”
Other Books in the Series
The death of her king changes Karina’s life forever. Fleeing the royal house, she must leave her life behind to seek out the Armor of the Creator—to save the very people who now hunt her.
Faramos, the evil warlock waiting to unleash hell, knows the Creator has already chosen his warrior, so he sends his bounty hunter to retrieve her. After Tristan abducts her, he witnesses Karina’s gentle nature and strong independence, and he finds he can’t complete his assignment.
Together, they set out to retrieve the armor and defeat the hordes of creatures sent to destroy them. But is Tristan’s heart secure as he faces certain death for defending the queen? And will Karina have the courage to become all the Creator intends her to be? Failure will condemn the world to eternal darkness.
About the Author
Whether she’s wielding a fantasy author’s pen, a social media wand, or a freelance editor’s sword, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone #SHINEBeyond their circumstances! Her fantasy novels are available on Amazon.
When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all-around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . . You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or at her website.
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Ends November 6, 2019