Sword of Darkness ~ Lords of Avalon Book 1 by Kinley MacGregor

Sword of Darkness ~ Lords of Avalon Book 1 by Kinley MacGregor

Author:Kinley MacGregor
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
ISBN: 9780061755088
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2016-04-19T22:00:00+00:00

He could hear the love in her voice as she spoke of the people who’d made up her world. “But if they treat you badly—”

“I never said they treated me badly. All of us have an off day or two. We are human and should be forgiven our faults.”

He shook his head at her. “You astound me, Seren. I’ve never met anyone with your capacity for caring.”

She lifted herself up on her toes until their gazes were almost level. “Then you’ve been spending time with the wrong sorts of people, my lord. Perhaps you should get out more.”

He laughed out loud, amazed at the sound of something he hadn’t heard in a lifetime. “Perhaps I should.”

As Kerrigan turned back toward the window and the army that was still pounding his shield, he sobered. With every pounding beat of the battering ram, he could feel that strike against his powers.

They were weakening him. Each blow shattered through his body, pounding painfully.

“Aw, screw this,” he snarled an instant before he threw his hands out and sent a shatter bolt of lightning through the gargoyles and dragons.

Seren was stunned as the very air around them shimmered from his powers. Even her hair stood on end as what appeared to be lightning shot from Kerrigan’s fingertips to the gargoyles who were battering his invisible shield.

The tree splintered into tiny pieces that rained through the air. The gargoyles went hurtling toward the ground. Kerrigan started to laugh, until he stumbled again. The lightning shot back into his body as he braced his hand against the stone sill.

His face was even paler than before. His hands were shaking as he grimaced and turned to press his spine against the stone wall. He leaned his head back and laughed shakily. “That was a most idiotic expenditure of my powers, but it was worth it.” His dark eyes were gleaming as he gave her a crooked smile. “Did you see them fall?”

She shook her head at him. There was something about him that reminded her of a little boy who’d been punished for doing something he knew not to, and yet was proud of what he’d done. “It was quite lovely the way they hurtled through the air. And did it gain you anything?”

“Nothing but satisfaction, and there is much to be said for that.”

She rolled her eyes. “Are you all right?”

He drew a deep breath before he pushed himself away from the wall. “I’m not fallen or defeated yet.”

“Good. I hope you can continue to say that.”

He squeezed her hand and then stiffened as if he’d realized what he’d done and it somehow embarrassed him. He let go immediately.

He glanced back out the window. “Pity I don’t want to expend more energy. I’m sure I could take down a mandrake or two while I’m at it.”

She patted him on the shoulder as she would Robert in the shop whenever he was particularly proud of some accomplishment. “And I’m equally sure that they are grateful you don’t.”


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