King Ceron realizes the only way to save his dying kingdom is to honor an age-old tradition--the kidnapping and sacrifice of a mage from the neighboring kingdom. He takes Kaeda, a lonely, misunderstood mage, and expects the ritual will be quick and easy. Unfortunately, the very spirit of Aichinn manifests in Kaeda.
She could be the key to saving his country...if he doesn't destroy her first More
Ruler of a withering kingdom, Ceron has come to terms with the fact that the only way to save his country is to carry on with one of his ancestors' worst traditions--the kidnapping and sacrifice of a mage from the neighboring kingdom. Through his short reign, he's fought hard to bury his hateful legacy and create a new, peaceful rule. The demons that have plagued his bloodline, however, have other plans. Vile plans. They want blood and war, death and destruction. Even as he fights them, tooth and nail, he realizes he can't fight them forever.
Kaeda just can't get it right. A healer mage in the lush, bountiful Northlands, no matter of training seems to make her any stronger in the magical arts. When the mysterious visitor from a southern state offers her an escape from the looming banishment, she takes him up without a second thought. Unfortunately, the stranger isn't who he says he is.
He's the dreaded King of Nightmare and Shadow, the Lord of the Goblins, the Dark King Ceron. And he wants her. Despite being kidnapped, imprisoned, and deceived, Kaeda discovers she's meant for so much more than what Ceron intends. The very land of Aichinn embraces her. The dying kingdom has a chance to live again. With the awakening of the land's magic, Ceron's demons rise in full force, determined to wield Kaeda's burgeoning power as their own.
Kaeda is Ceron's only chance to save Aichinn--if he doesn't destroy her first.
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