Book One of The Sanctuary Series

Charlotte Abel

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This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

By Charlotte Abel

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012

Chapter One


River tried not to think about how far underground they’d traveled; or how many tons of rock pressed down on the ancient tunnels; or how dark it would be if the flickering torches ran out of oil. She desperately tried not to think about how many people were breathing the limited supply of air.

When she and Mother finally arrived at the entrance to the underground arena, an enforcer stepped in front of them, barring their way. “No children.”

River squared her shoulders, stretching to her full height, but still had to tilt her head back to meet his gaze. “I’m not a child.”

He glanced at River’s flat chest then arched an eyebrow.

She gritted her teeth and tugged the front of her tunic aside, displaying the patronymic tattoos over her heart, proving she’d passed her thirteenth birthday.

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