Seventeen-year-old Ian is used to pressure. Born into a necromancer family, he and his twin brother Lex exhibited uncommon magical potential at an early age that led their father to expect great things—from them both. That is until Lex’s blood gift fails to manifest.
Or so everyone believes.
For the past five years, Ian has been keeping a secret. A secret that—if it got out—would see his brother shunned, or worse. Lex does have a blood gift, but not every gift is a blessing, and not every recipient can manage the talent in his blood.
As Lex’s sanity begins to slip, Ian knows the responsibility to raise his family’s fortunes is on his shoulders, and his alone. When he is offered an apprenticeship with one of the most influential men in the necromancer community, Lex convinces Ian that the connection would offer their family even more if Ian were to marry his elderly mentor’s “spinster” niece.
Ian’s plan takes an unexpected turn when he discovers that Isabelle is not a spinster. She’s a young, beautiful, intelligent woman who, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with him. Now Ian must find a way to win her over before Lex attempts to elevate their family, his way.
BONUS – Included in this ebook is the short story, Lords of the Dead
(Total word count for both the novella and the short story is over 52,000 words.)
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I just read a short story. It is nothing like the description of the book. It involves Alexander and Ian but it covers when they where 13 and just discovered their talent. It was interesting for a short story.
The rest of the book covers what happened to Ian and his apprenticeship and the parts Lex played. When he meets Isabelle and the eventual birth of his daughter, Mattie. Lex’s part in his downfall from the Nelson family is never revealed but Lex was always I would say the evil seed but never discovered.