The only way to beat death is to chase it.
Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king. Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening. For reasons they don’t fully understand, a powerful enemy twisted by dark magic wants them both dead.
When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.
Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of clean enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes, check out Blade of Ash.
Within minutes, Red had found her, following the sound of the closing door.
Before extending her shroud to cover him—for she would not have this conversation in the open, with ears nearby—she stared at his face. His eyes searched for her, in the annoyed way one searches for an irritating fly. In his fist, he carried the bloody cloth.
He was handsome and young. His looks had always bothered Aly because she knew one day she would have to Bind with him, only to remain his closest armor until he withered with age and passed from the world. She, however, would remain, more or less, in pristine physical health until at last her time was up and all at once her magic would dwindle and she would no longer be strong enough to put off the effects of two centuries of age. No, serving as his sorcerer would be much easier if he were unattractive.
So, after that first day she’d noticed he was no longer a boy but a man, that first day she’d noticed the inward curve of his cheeks and the rigid line of his nose, Aly had forced herself to look away. Lying was not a viable option for a sorcerer, but there were other ways to ignore the truth. Hating Red for the way he’d spoken to her, for the way he’d made her feel, made it even easier to overlook the way his red curls lifted in the breeze, the way his throat bobbed as he swallowed, the way his brown eyes were bellows to her inner flame.
Excerpted from Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black, Copyright © 2022 by C.F.E. Black. Published by Hillcity Press.
Alyana Barron is tired of living a secluded life apart from society, hiding her magic from watching eyes. When a nobleman offers Aly the chance to train as a Master Sorcerer, secrets hidden in her past will come to light and she’ll have to fight to keep her safety and guard her heart.
About the Author
C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at www.cfeblack.com.
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