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“You misunderstand my intentions. A bevy of willing bodies? That is not what I want. Not from you.”

“Then what do you want?”

“I want you to look at me and see a man, not a king. I want you to laugh with me and talk with me, to be my companion and friend.”

He shouldn’t be saying such things. There had to be balance between justice and magic. Her duty was not only to the king, but to all of Wilderheim, and Nia had to be able to put the needs of the kingdom above Saeran’s if it came to that. Her heart was not hers to share.

“I need your magic, Nia,” he said, “but I also need you. Let me be your friend. Let me hold you when you need to be held. Like that day in the woods.” He reached out again. “Let me kiss you—”

“Why?” Nia cried. He had to know this couldn’t be! He would have to take a wife soon, a princess or noble who would give him more land and wealth, make him a stronger king and give him heirs. Saeran had far more obligations as king than he knew, and no matter how sincerely he looked into her eyes now, Nia had no place in his future, except as a wizard.

“Because,” he said fiercely, cupping her face in his hands, “the first time we kissed time stopped. That has to mean something.”

 

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THE ROYAL WIZARD

The kingdom of Wilderheim stands bastion between the world of humans and the Otherlands. It is ruled as much by people as it is by creatures Other and as such, it must always have a wizard at the right hand of its king. Nico has seen three generations of rulers sit the throne; he knows he will not see the fourth. Desperate to find a worthy apprentice, when Nia appears like a godsend in his path he wastes no time taking her under his wing as his last sworn duty to the young king Saeran.

But Nia and Saeran have many trials ahead of them. With destinies converging toward an inevitable battle for power, countless lives hang in the balance, including theirs. As love brings them together, so strife tears them apart and as the balance between justice and magic shifts, the royal wizard and her king get caught in a maelstrom of colliding forces. Nothing is ever as it seems with a trickster hiding in the shadows. When the gods begin to play, mortals tremble…

RELEASED

OCT. 2013

GENRE

FANTASY

TOTAL WORDS

103k

HOURS TO READ

9-10

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