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Fragile Reign (Mortal Enchantment #2)
by Stacey O’Neale
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Category: Young Adult, Fantasy
It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed.
Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?
Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.
Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?
The caves of the eternal flame could only be reached through a pathway. The location was deep within the core of the planet. There was no way to get there from the surface. Once inside, only a fire elemental could withstand the heat. As we entered the caves, I remembered how easy it was to get lost down here. The tunnels go on for miles in every direction. Lucky for us, I knew the way. Mother brought me down here a few times, threatening to throw me into the fire. She told me the spirits of the dead fire elementals existed within the eternal flame.
The bulk of our army stayed behind. If something were to go wrong down here, I needed to make sure they still had the numbers to defend themselves. And by wrong, I meant the possibility that I might die the moment I enter the flames. The closer we got to the fire, the more my confidence was tested. My mother’s words echoed in my ears. When speaking about the eternal flame, she once said, “What can be made, can also be unmade.” Not the most comforting words to think about as I prepared to step inside the inferno.
I turned around, glancing at the army of hounds behind me. Some were staring at their hands as if they expected something to be there. Others closed their eyes, wearing expressions of enjoyment. They must have sensed the energy from the eternal flame, but likely had no idea what it was. Most fire elementals had never been down here. The portal has always been guarded. I spoke loud enough for everyone to hear me. “What you’re feeling is the presence of the flame. Your power will soon be the strongest it’s ever been.”
Ethan made his way to the front of the crowd. “Is that true for everyone?”
It was easy to see what he was implying. “Yes, this includes all of the rogue members of our court.” The crowd rumbled. “But I don’t plan on anyone having to fight today.”
Being betrothed totally sucked. Having powers I couldn’t control sucked. Not being able to help my ailing father sucked. Pretty much everything about my life right now sucked on an epic level of suckage. I forced a smile as I stood beneath the stone archway next to the council members, pretending to be excited to meet Sebastian. The same way I pretended not to notice my decisions were being made for me. Like everything in my life wasn’t out of control and falling to pieces right in front of me.
The mountain wind caught hold of the bottom trim of my yellow full-length gown. I pushed it back down with my gloved hands. The council insisted that our first meeting was to be a formal affair, so I had to dress like I was going to a prom. Ariel, of course, tried to make the best of it. She thought a princess makeover might improve my mood. Unfortunately, all of her efforts— combined with the way-too-tight bodice on this gown—just added to my overall disdain.
After speaking with Dad, we decided it was best for him to keep Mom away from all of this. At the moment, I had to go along with the engagement. I was hoping I could gain my akasha powers and never have to tell her about this whole disaster. Although I understood Dad’s motives, I was still pissed that he never told me about the betrothal. There should have been a discussion between us. Lots and lots of them until he saw my side and then changed his mind. An overwhelming sense of despair lingered in the pit of my stomach. If I couldn’t ignite my akasha powers, would I really have to follow through with this and marry a stranger?
If you haven’t read Stacey’s Mortal Enchantment series, you can get the first book for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!! The Shadow Prince won GOLD at the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in the Short Story/Novella category!!!
“Filled with betrayal and intrigue, THE SHADOW PRINCE is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!”
Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT by Stacey O’Neale
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“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew’s world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she’s built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she’s attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more…
Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
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