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(Fate of Eyrinthia #2)
By Heather Frost
YA Fantasy, Romance
Hardcover & ebook, 467 Pages
May 20, 2021
The man lunged at Desfan. Despite his wound, the smuggler delivered punishing blows. Desfan was trying not to kill him—clearly a goal his opponent did not share—but avoiding a deathblow was forcing Desfan steadily back toward the wall. Soon, he would be pinned. He needed to change tactics.
The man surprised him with a flash of his fist, and knuckles smashed Desfan’s nose. Cartilage cracked and blood spurted. Desfan gasped at the sharp pain, one sword falling as his hand instinctively flashed to his throbbing nose. Broken. His nose was broken.
Fates, not again.
The watering in his eyes distorted his vision, but he still saw the man’s meaty fist fly for his jaw. He cursed and spun to the right, his shoulders bumping against the wall.
He tensed as the man raised his sword, and he knew he would need to go for the man’s exposed gut. It was his life, or the criminal’s.
Desfan’s fingers flexed around the hilt of his remaining sword, but before he could strike a deathblow, his attacker suddenly jerked forward, his expression freezing, then slackening. Blood dribbled from the corner of his mouth as he rocked forward.
Desfan kicked him back so the large body wouldn’t crush him and the smuggler hit the floor, dead.
Several paces away, Karim’s arm slowly lowered, clearly having just thrown the knife that had saved Desfan’s life.
Karim was tall, trim, and his dark hair was pulled into a knot at the back of his head. His belt was weighed down with a creative assortment of knives. His beard was short and framed his angular face, which was generally locked in a smooth expression that gave away nothing.
At this moment, he’d traded that stoicism for a fierce glare.
Desfan swiped the back of his wrist under his bleeding nose, blinking rapidly to keep his vision from clouding. “Hello, Karim. How are you?”
His bodyguard’s thick eyebrows pulled tightly together. “I’m going to kill you.”
Desfan snorted—and immediately grabbed his nose. Fates, that hurt.
Karim growled as he stalked forward. “Did you break your nose? Again?”
“I had help.” Desfan lowered his hand, still cringing at the pain. He nudged the dead smuggler’s boot with his own. “I was trying to keep him alive.”
“That’s what I keep saying about you, despite all your efforts to get yourself killed.”
Desfan snatched up his fallen sword and sheathed them both, the twin blades hissing into place against his back. He wiped again at his nose and looked beyond Karim to see the fighting was over. Soldiers secured prisoners as Kiv Arcas scanned the room. The older man’s eyes flared wide when he spotted Desfan’s bloody face. “Serjah!” He darted forward, and Desfan barely smothered a groan.
Karim spun on the kiv before he could get too close, and the older man withered a little under his glare. “You let him come on a fates-blasted raid? Are you insane? He’s the future serjan!”
“It’s not his fault,” Desfan said, his tone a little nasal. “I made him.”
Karim ignored that, his glare still on the kiv.
Arcas’s throat bobbed almost violently as he swallowed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t—I wasn’t sure—He insisted, and I—”
Karim shoved a finger in the man’s face. “Never. Again. Understood?”
Karim was a man of few words, but he usually made them count.
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Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she's not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in the wilds of Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com.
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