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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 15:
A knock sounded at the main door.
Bormain opened it and ushered in an older woman with dark hair and sharp eyes, along with two younger women close to Karina’s age. “May I introduce Lady Moriah, your lady in waiting, and Mary and Hallie, your handmaidens while you are here.”
All three women bowed, and Karina nodded to each of them.
“Lady Moriah will see to your needs. She will inform me if there is something she cannot provide, and I will see what I can do.”
“Thank you, Bormain. Your kindness is much appreciated.”
As the steward opened the door, Karina cleared her throat. “Please remind the king that my business is urgent. I need to take my leave as soon as possible.”
“I will, Your Majesty. Enjoy your stay at the palace.” And then he was gone.
Karina turned back to the room. Tristan stood in the corner not bothering to hide his smirk. Rashka paced by the windows, looking out over the courtyard below and the sea beyond. Lady Moriah and the two handmaidens stood off to the side, watching them expectantly. What now?
Sensing Karina’s hesitation, Lady Moriah stepped forward. “Greetings, Your Majesty. Welcome to Gundow.”
“Thank you, Lady Moriah. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance.” The older woman smiled, smoothing her dark green skirt, then she quickly dropped her hands to her side. “I see you have no luggage. Do you not have any other clothing with you?”
Karina winced. She would have to deal with that poor planning at some point—might as well be now. From the sound of things, she might be here longer than she planned. Perhaps a couple of days? “Indeed, I do not. Our quest is urgent and required swift travel. I am afraid this is all I have.”
Lady Moriah’s hands rose from her side. “Girls, let us get to work.” She grinned at Karina. “We will have you a proper wardrobe by dawn. At least one dress before the dinner bell.”
“Lady Moriah, really, one dress is all that is necessary.” “
Nonsense. You need to be prepared. We do not mind at all.” She clapped her hands sharply. The girls flew into a frenzy, measuring and writing and a myriad of other tasks. Despite rather loud protests, they did the same with Tristan and Rashka as well. By the time they disappeared out the door, promising to return to draw hot baths for everyone, even Karina was ready for them to go.
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.
One winner will win a prize pack that will include print copies of Armor of Aletheia and Sword of Soter, a plush blanket, a tumbler with candy, a journal, and a pen all inside a half-bushel basket inlaid with a gorgeous book print material.
Ends November 6, 2019