About the Book:
Discover the spellbinding sequel to Coral & Bone…
A demented twin sister, a demon hijacking her powers, and a mysterious journal filled with more questions than answers—Halen needs her Guardian Dax more than ever. But if she confides in Dax, she fears he will never forgive her, not after all he sacrificed to help her vanquish Asair. Halen drowned Asair in a tornado of wings—at least, she thought she killed him. Why then does his mocking voice snake through her thoughts, enticing her to surrender her power? Maybe she screwed up—big time—but she will never allow Asair to control her magick. And when Etils’ fires threaten the Earth, suspicions surrounding Asair’s death rise, igniting restlessness within the realms. Her life in balance, Halen must race time, purge the demon’s soul before flames consume the Earth or the Tari strike first.
“WHEN THE TIME comes, promise not to kill me.” Galadia rested her head in the crook of Tarius’ neck.
He inhaled her sweet salty scent, taking in each breath as if it where his last. “You will have to leave before the change.”
She propped up on her elbows, meeting his gaze. “I am jesting. I know you could ever harm me.”
“But the beast I will become might.” He brushed her soft cheek, wishing for another way.
“Let us try again then. We must convince heaven’s council we need to be together.” Her tone grew determined.
The hope in her eyes cut deep like dragon talons in the flesh of prey. “We have tried. You are to be the mother of Elosia and I the father of Etlis. We cannot change destiny.”
“But we can fight it. Visit me on the shore each night when the moon is high above the water. Earth can still be our home.” Her mouth turned with a smile.
He loved that smile; the mischievous grin that often led to trouble. He would do anything for that smile.
On the winter’s full moon, Tarius stood by the shore as he had every night since he had kissed Galadia goodbye and still, season after season, year after year, she never showed. The waves lapped his hooves and he wished for a body with gills and fins to bring him closer to her.
“I have lost her,” he said to his trusted advisor, Nora.
“She does not love you anymore.” She stroked his fur, running her hand along his antlers. “You need to let her go.”
“But what if something is wrong? Maybe she cannot surface.” He had to believe Galadia still loved him, otherwise, what was the point of going on? A life without her was not worth living.
“Her people come to shore. The Elosians mate with the humans.” Nora faced him, her eyes dark as the churning sea. “There is nothing keeping Galadia from here.”
“Bring me an Elosian, then. We will find a way to Galadia.” He struck his hoof against the sand and lightening flashed in the sky; a warning to tame his frustration.
“We have tried that before. They die before we get answers. They cannot breathe long enough to withstand interrogation.”
“Then bring me a siren.” The sky trembled with thunder at his suggestion.
Nora’s lips parted, her tongue on her teeth, and he knew she would advise against it. The sirens were wild and filled with dark magick. Yet, he had witnessed miracles in the presence of these magnificent creatures. Sirens very existence defied the heavens, planting jealousy in his soul—they were free, while he remained tethered to his realm. “If I can tame one, perhaps find a way to shackle their magick, then I can send a message to Galadia.”
“It is too dangerous. Even the Elosians have abandoned the sirens.”
“I need to know why she hasn’t come.” His voice came out wounded, as it always did when he spoke of Galadia.
“I will do as you ask, but when she does not return, promise you will let her go.” Her mouth broke with a soft smile. “There are others who love you—others waiting for your heart.”
He knew she yearned for his love just as he longed to witness Galadia surface in the sea. Nora stood by the shore of his heart waiting to be swept away in his love. Why did she not see, he could never love another? But he needed this favor, and if Galadia returned, then he would never have to break his promise. “I will let her go, if she does not come. I give you my word.”
Nora bowed with quick nod. She spread her arms by her sides and the wind whipped around her, picking up her hair, spinning it around her as she transformed to the raven he trusted. She flew toward the trees lining the shore, disappearing into the thick of the forest. Had he known his most trusted advisor would betray him, that everything he created, every tear, every smile would be lost in that one promise—he would have drowned the wretched raven in the sea that day.
About the Author:
Tiffany Daune writes stories about magic, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Coral and Bone (The Siren Chronicles Book One) for which she also recieved a Watty Award in the category of Trailblazers. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.
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