Capricious and free-spirited, Mina Tepes is forever trying to intervene. Some would say she interferes. Her attempt to save a friend worsens a war already waging between her people, the Darks, and their reviled overlords, the Mages. Desperate, she turns to the man who saved her life as child–an enemy Mage named Xander.
As part of the ruling class, Xander Fjordson should never have taken notice of Mina, but even as boy, one look into her large dark eyes and he was lost. As an adult, involvement with her has ripped his world to shreds. Though the war she unintentionally instigated has made them enemies, when she comes to him bleeding and injured, he is unable to say no. He puts at risk what is left of his status and his family as he follows her, knowing in the end he’d have to betray her.
Together Xander and Mina begin to unravel terrible secrets as the war escalates. Soon Xander must choose: save his family or the woman who’s come to mean more to him than his own life.
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“Tell me, Mina…” Xander leaned down to open the bottom drawer of his desk with a spell and batted an annoying flying paper crane out of his face. The unlocking incantation was simple enough; he didn’t even need to speak the few words necessary, the spell responding
instead to his focused thought. “How did you get through the wards I placed?”
Now that he’d healed her, Xander’s initial concern bled into something more immediate. Security. His. How did she get through?
He’d made certain no one could walk through the shadows, or all of the Mages would be dead by now. Slaughtered by vengeful Darks, especially after the spectacular show by his people today.
“I used a spell.” She said it in a low voice as if hoping he wouldn’t hear.
Shit. She used Mage magic again.
He straightened with the half-full bottle of the golden liquid,a thirty-year-old bottle of Macallan, his personal stash. He wasn’t under any illusion after helping Mina he’d get out of this intact. To
hell with wasting a good scotch. He twisted and pulled off the cap and, tilting the bottle to his mouth, took a long pull.
A glass would take too damn long.
M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.