Reign of Shadows


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Chapter Six

Aern

Aern stood in front of Brianna, hands clasped with hers as she searched his connections. He could feel Emily behind him from her spot on the edge of the sofa. He didn’t need to look to imagine her, hands twisted as she watched her sister work to restore some long-gone power within him. The bond was changing, becoming stronger—more real every moment—and it was as if he could sense her distress. This wasn’t some experiment to work toward a vague prophecy. This was Brianna’s last-chance gamble to try and save them from a vision she knew was true, a fight that was coming to them. A war they couldn’t escape.

Brianna set another thread into place, connected another link, and her shoulders slumped with the effort. He felt a tug on the bond again, Emily’s worry, and he resisted the urge to look back at her. He didn’t want this. None of them wanted this. But he would do whatever it took to keep her safe. To keep her alive.

“Maybe that’s enough for now,” Emily said from behind him. He could hear the concern in her voice, and he knew Logan had been watching Brianna’s strength wane with about all the restraint he possessed.

Brianna opened her eyes. “Are you tired?”

Aern considered the question, shrugged. “Not like before. I actually just feel,” he flexed his fingers, drew his shoulders back, “stronger.” He should have felt like sleeping for days, the need to heal sending him into a kind of comatose state, but his senses were only slightly dulled. He could see that the work had taken its toll on Brianna, though, so he pulled his hands free of hers to ensure she would rest.

Logan slid a chair behind her and she took it gratefully, beckoning to Emily at the same time. “Okay, now you.”

Emily stood, moving to Aern’s side. “No, Brianna. You need to rest.” Her argument was cut short by the buzz of Aern’s pocket. He pulled the device out, confused by the message that flashed over the screen. “I have to—” and then his own words fell off, as he was at a loss to explain what he didn’t understand.

Brianna waved it away. “It’s fine. I can work with Logan until the two of you are free.”

Aern nodded, placing a hand on her shoulder before lacing his fingers into Emily’s to lead her from the room.

 

Read along with us on the EXCERPT TOUR for
the third book in the YA/NA Urban Fantasy Descendants Series:
Reign of Shadows
By Melissa Wright

July Tour Schedule:

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Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima
BookSkater
My Life, Loves and Passion
Kelly P’s Blog
Musings of Immortals
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Christy’s Cozy Corners
Mythical Books
Book-Marks the Spot
Simplistic Reviews

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Nocturnal Predators Reviews
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Mary Terrani.com
My Devotional Thoughts

28
The Wonderings of One Person
The Written Adventure

29
Dalene’s Book Reviews
Deal Sharing Aunt
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club

30 – Release-Day Blitz

Reign of Shadows
(Descendants #3)
By Melissa Wright

Brianna can see her future, but it’s the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.

Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they’ve so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they’ve set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?

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More About the Descendants Series and the Author

What is your motivation behind this series?

The idea for the Descendants Series came to me while writing the Frey Saga. I was toying with Frey’s powers and the thought of that talent in the current world, the ability to use mind control on humans, really inspired me. I made a few notes, but once the first paragraphs were down, the story took root and I couldn’t help but keep going. One of the most enjoyable aspects was Aern’s laid back style playing off Emily’s fierce and stubborn attitude toward their situation. As a writer, it was great fun.

Why did you want to write it?

It was nice to change up the style in such a dramatic way. I’d been writing swords and castles, so being able to use a cell phone and sarcasm was kind of a relief. The Descendants Series is certainly more fast paced and action driven, but perhaps the scariest change for my part was writing the first book from a male lead’s point of view. And scaring yourself sometimes is a good thing. There was never a dull moment writing Aern.

What do you hope readers will take with them when they read this last book in the series?
To me, things really come full circle with the characters, their relationships, and the dilemma of facing their lot in life. I think they’ve learned a lot, they’ve definitely been through some trials, but it was nice to give them that sense of understanding and the chance to see how things truly are. They had to either accept it or fight to the end, but it was nice to give them the choice.

Do you have a favorite scene?

I actually surprised myself with this one, because Brianna and Logan had some tender moments that really had them taking over the spot for my favorite couple in the series. When she’s showing him her power and plainly stalling, then he takes her hand and tells her it will be okay, talks about Saturday mornings … yeah, that.

Share something about you that is unique – maybe about how/where you write… or favorite snack foods?

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, so sometimes when I’m writing it’s as if I can hear the characters’ voices in my head. I tend to just let that “voice” talk through the scene, fingers clicking furiously across the keys, and when I’m really in the zone I don’t always realize exactly what I’ve written. This sounds bizarre, and it probably is, but when I go back and proofread later, I find myself laughing out loud at some of the things that character said — because it doesn’t seem like something I’d write – Ever.

So maybe I should have just said I love chocolate almonds 😉

The other books in the Descendants Series

Shifting Fate
(Descendants #2)
by Melissa Wright

According to prophecy, Brianna Drake was born to save the world. The trouble is, she doesn’t have the slightest idea how. Her visions should have given her the answer, but they’re beginning to shift, making the danger too unpredictable, even for a prophet.

If she can just help her sister restore their hidden powers, she might be able to stop what’s coming. But an old enemy returns, and he’s got plans for Brianna and her visions.

What neither of them knows is that fate has given a stranger one chance to find her. He was trained to protect the chosen—but if he fails, the future will crumble.

Shifting Fate is the second book in the Descendants Series (following Bound by Prophecy) and focuses on Brianna and Logan.

There is a teaser posted here and the first chapter posted here, but beware, it’s full of spoilers from the first book.

Purchase from Amazon , Barnes and Noble, and the Book Depository. Can also purchase in audio at iTunes and Audible.

Bound by Prophecy
(Descendants #1)
by Melissa Wright

Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.

What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.

Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn’t care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn’t the only one who’s in danger.

Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.

You can read an excerpt of Bound by Prophecy here.

Get the ebook for FREE on Nook and Kindle. Can also purchase from the Book Depository, and in audio at iTunes and Audible.

About the Author

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the new Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on Goodreads and Pinterest.

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  1. […] Mary Terrani.com – Chapter 6 Aern stood in front of Brianna, hands clasped with hers as she searched his connections. He could feel Emily behind him from her spot on the edge of the sofa. He didn’t need to look to imagine her, hands twisted as she watched her sister work to restore some long-gone power within him. The bond was changing, becoming stronger—more real every moment—and it was as if he could sense her distress. This wasn’t some experiment to work toward a vague prophecy. This was Brianna’s last-chance gamble to try and save them from a vision she knew was true, a fight that was coming to them. A war they couldn’t escape… […]



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