Title: Protector of the Flame by Isis Rushdan
Series: Kindred Chronicles #2
Published October 22nd 2013 by Samhain Publishing
Length: 428 pages
Before Serenity and Cyrus can embark on a romantic honeymoon, one of their gifts from an immortal comes to life and unleashes a devastating series of events that forces them to make an unthinkable sacrifice. To undo the evil of dark magic, Serenity must travel to the immortals' hold in Iceland. Alone.
Her journey leads to an island shrouded in mystery, where secrets from her past come to light...and she forms an inexplicable connection with a handsome, tempting healer who may pose the greatest risk of all.
Cyrus comes close to unraveling without his mate, but refuses to let honor or duty keep them apart, even if it means the bloodshed of his own kinsmen.
As the Great Council prepares to convene to determine their fate, friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and soul mates are pushed right to the edge-where love and faith is their only hope of survival.
Warning: Contains soul mates put through the grinder, dark magic drama that will leave you reeling, angry sex that crumbles concrete, an alpha hero pushed over the edge, and a roller coaster full of twists.
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Enjoy the following excerpt for Protector of the Flame:
The bedroom door burst open. Cyrus rushed in, eyes wide almost crazed, raven hair tousled. “Take off the necklace from the immortal witch.” His voice had a hard, frightening edge.
“Why?” She reached for her neck. When she thought she had the chain, it slipped between her fingers.
A horrified gasp clipped the quiet tension of the room as Talus jumped backward, tripping on the sofa. Serenity’s heart stuttered. The necklace slid through her fingers again.
A grim expression wrenched Cyrus’s face. Jagged bolts of terror ripped through their merged energy stream.
“What’s wrong?” She swallowed the acrid taste of panic filling her mouth.
Cyrus clasped her shoulders. “We tried to remove the glodems.” He spoke steadily, drawing out the words when she simply needed him to spit it out. “None of us can lift or break them. They won’t budge.”
“What does that have to do with me or the necklace?” She grasped for the chain once more, her fingers desperately searching for it.
“Serenity,” he said in a tone so controlled strain leaked through, “when you touch the necklace…it crawls into your skin and becomes part of your flesh.”
One glance at the petrified look on Talus’s face confirmed the impossible words to be true.
Her blood curdled. She broke free from Cyrus and raced to the bathroom. Her pulse hammered in her head. Her thoughts spun into a terrifying tangle.
In the mirror, she could see the gold chain and the amulet, Aset’s colorful wings cradling a stone wrapped in golden thread. The gift from the immortal rested against her breastbone, warm on her skin as any other piece of jewelry would.
Slowly, she reached for the chain. A harsh shiver took hold as her fingers drew closer, eyes locked on the charm.
An inch from the necklace her hand trembled. She skimmed the amulet with a fingertip, temples pounding, holding her breath. As she went to hook a finger on the chain, the necklace wormed into her skin—a slithering gold reptile burying itself inside of her. The wings of the pendant flapped wildly, then hooked into her chest and the center stone melded with her sternum.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Isis Rushdan was born in New York City. Fresh out of high school at sixteen and to the horror of her family, she turned down a college scholarship and joined the U.S. Army. She likes to keep her family on their toes, but they have always been supportive and even signed the parental consent form. She had to wait almost a year due to a minor age hiccup, but her calling to serve did not diminish. After her tour, she went on to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State University and parlayed her degree into an active duty commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. In 2005, she joined the reserves, where she is still a member of the Armed Forces.