by Audrey Grey
April 15, 2021
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Welcome to Evermore Academy where the magic is dark, the immortals are beautiful, and being human SUCKS.
After Hellebore Narcissus exposed my secret, he claimed me as his, a pawn in a deadly Faerie game I’m only just beginning to understand.
Now, I’m caught in a complex web of bloodthirsty courts, ancient feuds, and the lust for ultimate power. To expose Hellebore and recover the Darken’s soulstone, I must become an expert at navigating the cunning world of the Fae and my new life at the academy—all the while resisting my true mate, the Winter Prince.
Win this game, and I regain my freedom while saving humanity—lose and the entire mortal world will fall to the Fae.
But what if the only way to win involves giving up my soulmate forever?
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Every night is the same cruel, torturous nightmare. Silver moonlight glides over her bare flesh. I drink the sight in, devouring every curve, every hollow. I want to remember this moment for centuries. Perhaps I’ll have it commissioned into a painting.
She’s laughing, and Oberon’s shadow, that sound is a weapon that flays me open, exposing everything I’ve worked hundreds of years to protect. Her eyes are full of warm summer magic—an intoxicating mixture of shyness and want as she dares me closer.
I want to resist her a bit longer. To preserve this exact moment, savor it. But then, Shimmer above, her head tilts back to bare a throat begging to be kissed.
And when she looks at me with that trusting gaze and smiles, the shriveled pit of my heart swells with blind adoration.
I will burn this world to ash for you, Summer.
The things I would do for her scare me.
One word and I would destroy anyone who’s ever hurt her.
One look and I would give up everything—my crown, my magic, my life.
One smile and the armored walls I’ve built around my heart crumble to dust.
Every muscle in my body tightens as I slowly undress her. I would be lying if I said a cowardly part of me didn’t hope she would stop this. If the way I feel for Summer was terrifying before, now it’s like free-falling toward certain death.
Vulnerability coils around my throat with every second she looks at me in that way, making each breath exquisitely painful.
She demands all of me. She doesn’t understand how dangerous that is for both of us. Still doesn’t grasp how ruthless our kind can be.
This type of love can be a weapon—wielded by us or against us.
“Valerian?” My name on her lips sends a shiver through my torso.
Titania help me. I want to devour her right here in my enemy’s court, beneath the stars of my ancestors.
The grass lining the path is soft as I lower myself to her, holding her gaze. Daring the spell between us to shatter. The sweet scent of her mixes with the crushed honeysuckle petals into a drug.
Her eyes widen. “Valerian!”
My focus whips to the movement consuming my periphery. Spiders swarm from the hedges lining the maze, a sea of black death. Growling, I try to cover her but—
The loathsome arachnids flow around me like water. They’re impervious to my magic. I slam my fists into them, crushing giant swaths of the glittering horde, but for every one I obliterate, a hundred more appear.
I want to scream in fury as the infernal creatures cover every inch of my mate. Her screams impale me, as real as any dagger, plunging over and over and over.
No. I won’t survive losing you again.
Agony rips through my being as I watch the wave of black death carry her away. My roar pierces the sky. Desperation constricts my vision as I search the maze for her, my strangled voice forming her name, throat raw and aching as I claw and fight through wall after wall.
But she’s gone.
I jerk from my nightmare with her honey and lavender scent stinging my nose. Her laughter echoes in my ears, only broken by her screams. The poison doesn’t just torment me while I’m sleeping.
I fist my hands in the freezing air and shut my eyes. My fingers can still feel the warmth of her flesh, the softness of her skin. I can still imagine the way her silken hair slid between them.
The way she tensed in fear as the spiders swarmed over her . . .
I leap from bed, smashing my fists into the walls of my bedroom. Over and over and over. The marble crumbles beneath my knuckles, the skin over those bony points splitting open. Pewter droplets of my blood spray the dresser, the walls, the ivory bedspread.
Servants peek from my bedroom door, their eyes wild with fear.
I should feel bad about that, but I don’t. All I feel is relief as the pain momentarily drives her from my being.
But it’s not enough. My skin and shattered bones knit back together, and then she’s back. An exquisite torture of longing and accusation.
Why didn’t you save me?
There’s only one way to halt the pain.
The servants who have been watching me reel away from the door as I storm past. They’re smart enough not to try and stop me anymore.
I flinch as I pass a hallway mirror, the reflection inside the frost frame unrecognizable. I see in his eyes the thing that scares me the most—a deep, unrelenting desire to punish everyone involved in Hellebore’s deception.
Whatever alliances I need to make, whoever it hurts, I won’t stop until my mate is safely back in my arms.
Even if the cost is my soul.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author AUDREY GREY lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
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