I’m starting to redefine my idea of possible,” Kara said with a laugh.
“I am curious, Kara,” Garrett said as he leaned against a tree. “What language do you believe you’re speaking?”
“What kind of a question is that?”
“Please, humor me.”
Braeden’s heart skipped a beat. She’d said it with such conviction that he wanted to believe her.
“We aren’t speaking English,” Braeden said. “You’re speaking our common language.”
“What—?” She laughed. “I don’t even know what that is!”
Garrett chimed in before Kara could continue. “I know this is confusing, my girl, but listen closely. The first Vagabond often created new vagabonds, and when he did, he would inherently pass on some of his gifts to them. However, it seems that he passed on everything he ever achieved to you because you have his Grimoire. Among other things, you now possess an intuitive understanding of the languages he knew.”
She paused, seeming to grapple with the concept. “That doesn’t even make sense. I mean, why does it sound like English to me? And wouldn’t language evolve over a thousand years?”
“You do have a strange accent.” Braeden chuckled.
Kara glared at him, so he cleared his throat and tried to forget his poorly-timed joke.
“No, nothing much changes here,” he added.
Garrett crossed his arms. “Please entertain me with an experiment. I will need your cooperation, young prince. It will not hurt you, at least not in body.”
Kara shuddered. “This is freaking me out.”
“If you do possess this gift, it will help you to protect yourself,” Garrett said.
She sighed and nodded, so the muse continued.
“The vagabonds were famous for their ability to search another’s mind. If the gift lives on, you will be able to see the moment which has most defined our young prince’s life to this day. It’s rarely a pleasant encounter”—Garrett glanced to Braeden—“but this gift might save your life. Give me your hand.”
She obeyed by shoving her hand at him, which Garrett then pressed against Braeden’s forehead. Her touch tickled his skin, and he noticed for the first time that her eyes were gray.
A spark shocked the space beneath her finger. Ice pooled on his forehead, and his breath chilled in his lungs. All color and light dissolved into a black haze. The muses disappeared into the darkness, as did the forest and the mountain. Kara was the last to dissolve from view, and all was dark.
White and gold wisps wove upward from the ground, twisting and shimmering until they formed the figure of the woman he so sorely missed.
"The writing is flawless. The kingdoms and surrounding landscapes breathtaking. The Grimoire is a piece of imaginative genius that bedazzles from the moment Kara falls into the land of Ourea. - Nikki Jefford, author of the Spellbound Trilogy
Spring 2013 Rankings
#6 Kindle Store | #1 Science Fiction & Fantasy | #1 Epic Fantasy | #1 Sword & Sorcery | #1 Teens
Now an international Amazon bestseller. Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre.
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things: Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother's recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With nothing to do, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book's untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict - a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn't trust anyone... but she's being hunted and can't survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
Novels in the Grimoire Saga:
Heritage (#3) - Available Fall 2013
Illusion (#4) - Available Fall 2014
Genre - Fantasy
Rating – PG13
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