Title: Blood Ties, Steel and Magic Book 2
Author: M. A. Leon
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dretlon Valley has been conquered, but now the city of Maldra has caught wind of a new threat stirring in southern Elabrium. Rumors tell of not just adepts being possessed by the dreaded wraiths, but essentia, the common people, are turning against one another. Behaviour that was once only characteristic of necrom is revealing itself in them too. Has the world gone wrong? Have the laws of elemental magic broken, or is there something more? Jake and Louie have to not only find out, but face more danger than ever to get to the bottom of it. All the while they struggle to learn who among their friends have turned... and if they can bring them back.
Louie punched his palm toward the sky, shooting up an obelisk of wind. One drakon grunted, its chest arching against the pummelling of Louie’s power. Changing tactics, Louie tugged on his wind magic, calling for his tempest to lay the beast flat. The drakon slammed down to the ground, thrashing like a sparrow caught in the talons of a hawk.
Troy launched himself off Savvy’s back, leapt over a fallen necrom, and charged to the drakon. Its neck and tail whipped to and fro against Louie’s overpowering magic, slicing through the air with sharp, swishing whooshes.
“Troy, NO!” Paul hollered, dropping from Nightfall and sprinting toward his friend. The horse balked and tossed its head, eyes rolling in terror at the long beast before them.
Paul needn’t have worried. Troy leapt over the drakon’s flailing tail. In two massive strides, the knight was at the beast’s head. The seaweed-green creature eyed him with a fierce, beady eye, its teeth gnashing with the force of an avalanche.
Eyes full of fear for his friend, Paul flicked his fingers. Seraph fire shot from his open palm, coating Troy’s sword in white light as the knight raised the blade high over the beast’s head. Troy struck, wielding his sword like an axe. The steel cut halfway through the drakon’s neck, the seraph fire searing a path as it slipped through flesh into bone and sinew.
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Author Biography: Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Melanie has been in love with medieval fantasy all of her life. Dreams of magic, dragons, maidens, and knights have enthralled her since a young age. Medieval literature university classes were among her favourites, as was art history from the medieval to the classical periods. Together, along with her excitement of reading anything written about the medieval period, Melanie has gained a realistic view of the medieval age, and how to tweak it into something new.
Action, peril, strategy, and determination fill her books. Determination for life, for friends, and for doing what no one else dares to do.
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