by Michael Merriam
Richard Martz, a reclusive mage, encounters Holly Ellefson, a half-blood dark fey with a bloodline that is taboo by magical treaty. The death of Holly's father, her last living blood-relative, has caused a spell to collapse, exposing Holly to those who would destroy her. Holly begs Richard for help. He agrees, but in return she must kill him once her safety is secured.
Thus begins a deadly battle