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Reign of Shadows
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?
Chapter Three Cont’d
There was a moment of collective silence, and then Logan, from behind her shoulder, said, “What war?”
“The war,” she answered, “they’re planning on inciting between us all.”
“Us?” Aern asked, leaving the word hanging, knowing Brianna would understand.
She nodded. “The shadows. And the Seven.”
She’d said it. She’d marked them as an enemy, separated the us by blood, not by their bonds. But it hurt her. Brianna was on their team.
She had to be.
Aern straightened, feeling the not-so-subtle tug in his chest that connected him to Emily.
“It’s not that,” Brianna started, seeing whatever response he’d missed on her sister’s face. “Emily, it isn’t like that. It’s just,” she stopped again, squeezing her eyes shut tight for a moment before continuing in a more earnest tone, “It’s just that someone had to do this to us. And they did it while our mother was alive.” She had allowed it, or at least kept the truth from them.
Emily stepped forward, leaning over Aern’s shoulder where he sat. “That doesn’t mean she wanted it. That doesn’t mean she wanted this.” She gestured vaguely toward the table, and Aern couldn’t be sure whether she’d meant Brianna’s guessing at the prophecy, or her decision to sort them with the shadows.
“It doesn’t mean she didn’t,” Brianna said. “And how else do you explain her clues? The training?” She thrust her own hands forward, tattooed wrists exposed for her sister to see. “What else could she have wanted, Emily?”
Brianna’s hands dropped, her tone suddenly changed. Resigned. “Do you think she didn’t do everything she could to pick this outcome, to bring us right here? Do you think she didn’t see this?”
“You didn’t,” Emily said evenly.
Brianna’s answer was just as flat. “Because my powers were bound.”
It was all she had to say, and some unspoken message passed between them, some bit of knowledge they’d withheld from him and Logan. Aern’s gaze fell to Logan, but he was watching Brianna. Watching as she steeled herself for sharing one more secret she wasn’t quite ready to give.
“The thing is,” Brianna said, shifting just enough that her admission was directed to both of them, “the thing that doesn’t make sense is that she permitted us to be bound, chose this path for us, brought us to you.” She hesitated, eyes falling first to Aern and then lingering a heartbeat too long on Logan. “Because the shadows are the reason,” she wet her lips, “the ones who took the power from the Seven Lines to begin with.”
Bound by Prophecy (Descendants #1)
by Melissa Wright
You can read an excerpt of Bound by Prophecy here.
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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Ends August 7th
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