The third book in the Land of Kaldalangra series has arrived!
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When two strangers stumble across her path, she finds her peace shattered as dangerous family secrets begin to emerge, along with a malignant force that threatens to destroy her entire world. These men have the ability to help her rise to brilliant heights, or cause a devastating plunge into darkness.
It is now up to Sabina to continue her parents’ legacy of honor, courage, and strength through adversity. With the fate of Kaldalangra upon her shoulders, she has vowed to follow the path of righteousness, or die trying.
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After the last child began to take the breaths of deep sleep, Sabina took a deep breath and accepted the cup of cold water offered by Henri. “I need some air. Watch over Gab for me?”
The winter air bit into her skin as she stepped outside the door, unprotected from the elements in her cotton trousers and tunic. Sabina ignored the painful touch and took several gulps of air, clearing her mind from the horror that the children must have felt in those moments before they stumbled into this world.
A high-pitched screech behind her was followed by a loud thump and low groan. Sabina spun around to fling open the door, cursing the few seconds it took for her eyes to adjust to the dimness within the structure.
Henri stood, knife in hand, between Gabriella and the stranger with the purple eyes. The man was on his knees, unarmed, one hand pressing around the arrow shaft in his chest while the other supported his weight. The children remained asleep; their bodies past the point of arousal, and the other occupants of the infirmary looked too tired and hurt to bother caring.
“Henri, what happened?” Sabina took the few steps needed to cross to her friend, who had already begun sheathing his still-clean knife.
“He cried out when you left, and made to follow you. Gabriella shrieked a warning.” He gave his head a frustrated shake. “I shouldn’t have pulled the knife, him being injured like he was. He didn’t even make three steps before his legs gave out. It startled me, though.” Henri’s eyes never left the injured man, who was now staring intently at Sabina from his position on the ground.
“He was fast, so fast,” Gabriella said softly from her position by the children. “With as much blood loss as he’s had, and his injuries, he should not have been able to move that quickly. It scared me.”
Sabina stared at him a moment, before carefully walking forward. She approached him as she would an injured wild animal, slowly, calmly, keeping her eyes fixed on his face and shoulders, aware of every slight motion.
“My name is Sabina. Do you understand our language?”
The man kneeled on the ground, breath coming hard, the arrow shaft rising and falling as new blood trickled around the smooth wood. His eyes narrowed in concentration, and then he shook his head.
She sucked in her breath as his head dipped down in exhaustion, the action revealing his neck, and a black circle with a jagged sunburst and series of lines. Though it was sharper and darker, it was an exact replica of the curious marking on Alcine’s neck. On a hunch, she tried the language that her mother had taught her as a learning game, the language that her mother had started to learn from Alcine’s mother, Mairi.
“We are friends. We mean you no harm. You are safe here.”
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Do you want to know how the story began? Then be sure to get your copy of the first two books in the Land of Kaldalangra series, The Lady of Steinbrekka and Heart of Kylassame. As a bonus, each of these e-books is available for Nook and Kindle users for only 99 cents until January 1st, 2014!
Also, be sure to check out the give-away currently being hosted by Strong Novels, a free Kindle of Nook copy of all 3 books in the Kaldalangra series! But don't delay, the contest ends with 2013, and entries will close on January 1st.
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Will Rhea triumph over those who seek her destruction, or will she be forever lost in the darkness known as Kaldalangra?
Rowan and Rhea travel the realm, spreading peace and healing wherever they go. In Kylassame, they have formed a strong bond with friends and spread deep roots in the community.
The people of Kaldalangra are joyful, and life in their world is better than ever before.
But a string of tragedies has the ability to bring Rhea to her knees, and with her, the entire realm. While Rowan struggles to recover the village of Kylassame from a devastating crime, Rhea’s faith in her own strength weakens, with dire consequences.
Re-enter the world of Kaldalangra, and join the adventure as Rhea and Rowan endeavor to continue upon their chosen destiny