This time, the book features a murder mystery instead of the whole secretive boyfriend thing, and I must say I love murder mysteries much much more! The people wanted to blame it on Amber, since she was a new comer and a vampire Aidan and Kieran had been there before , and Amber must solve the mystery about the murder before she was killed herself There was a link somewhere between different events, but the book ended we can see how Amber links all things together. Another complain I have on this book is how bad it handled all the unsolved mystery from the last book.
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In the snowy mountains of Switzerland there is a tiny village called Winterheim. Not many tourists find their way here because thick blankets of snow and blizzard-like winds make an ascent almost impossible, which suits the villagers just fine. They are private people, even hostile to visitors, if you will—protective of a secret Winterheim has been hiding for years: a tiny bakery named Magic Cupcakes.
Legend says the bakery is the home of the most powerful Seer that shall ever be born, the one that will decide over the fate of the world. The coming bloodshed will claim many lives. It will be a war of destruction and reorder, of domination and submission, and hunting humans will become a sport if the wrong court wins. And so the Seer must be protected at all costs. But how do you protect someone who was never meant to be born? She pushed a stray strand of her red, curly hair out of her tired eyes and sprinkled powder sugar on top of the strawberry tarts that always sold out within a few minutes after opening shop for the day, then hurried to get the cinnamon bread out of the oven before it turned dry.
Something prickled the nape of her neck. Irritated, she stepped aside, thinking it was her cat, Prince Rasputin. The tingling sensation returned, followed by something hot pressing against her skin and sending shivers of pleasure down her spine. He wrapped his arms around her chubby waist and pulled her into his strong arms, their mouths connecting in a long and deep kiss. Eventually, she pulled away, breathless, and trailed her fingers through his shaggy, dark hair as she heaved a long sigh.
The golden glow of the flames burning inside the stoves caught in his impossibly blue gaze. As a Seer, she could foretell the future, just not her own and that of her soul mate.
That bothered her more than the curse dangling like a Damocles sword over her head. The church bell rang three times, signaling a full hour. Maya Mallory drew a long breath as she hurried her pace past the closed windowpanes to the high gates stretching against the canvass of the night. The travellers would be arriving soon and she wanted to be ready to greet them, show them to their quarters, and fetch them whatever they needed.
The cold night air whipped her dark, straight hair against her skin; her charcoal gray dress clung to her thin body as she pushed her way forward against the biting wind. Eventually, she reached the south gate—an imposing structure made of stone and enforced by magic—and peered through the tiny opening into the darkness extending beyond the city.
The unpaved street with tall trees to both sides seemed deserted, the dust settled. According to various ancient legends, they could shift from one location to another in the blink of an eye. At twenty-two summers old, Maya was too young to have seen it with her own eyes or even meet a vampire in person, but she believed the stories.
In fact, she had been looking forward to this moment ever since she entered the Academy of Witchcraft. The fact that her hard work had paid off and she was entrusted with the honor to finally meet a creature of the night filled her with both anticipation and terror.
Were they as beautiful yet terrible as legend said? She sure hoped so. With a soft groan, she grabbed hold of the heavy iron bolt latch and opened the gate half a foot to peer into the night. The flickering torch barely reached the impenetrable darkness stretching over the nearby bushes and past the tall trees and high mountains surrounding Morganefaire. Maya swallowed hard to stifle the sudden sense of uneasiness settling in the pit of her stomach.
Her hand wandered to the dagger bound to her waist, her strong fingers clasping the hard leather tight as she peered up to the moon hidden behind thick clouds. Only a few hours until dawn. A chilly wind ruffled the nearby bushes, jerking Maya out of her thoughts. She rubbed her palms together to keep her fingers warm, and focused on her surroundings again. Nothing stirred. No sign of any approaching visitor. Aidan was known for his punctuality. Her nerves unsettled her.
She took a hesitant step forward and scanned the area for the umpteenth time. Still nothing stirred. She heaved a big sigh and stepped back when movement to her right caught her attention. Startled, she unconsciously pressed a hand against her racing heart and called out as her gaze tried to see beyond the dark veil of the night.
The night remained as silent as a tomb. Eerily silent. Maya held her breath until her lungs hurt from the lack of oxygen. A minute passed. Then another. When nothing happened, Maya breathed out, realizing her jumpiness was unfounded. She knew there was nothing to worry about. Morganefaire was safer than any other place in the world…or as safe as it could be for a witch. A sudden movement in the bushes startled Maya. She turned her head sharply as something hard swung at her, hitting her hard in the back, knocking the oxygen out of her lungs.
Gasping for air, she tumbled forward as she turned to look at her attacker. In the few seconds she had left, she realized it was a tall figure with a long cape and a black hood covering most of his face. Someone shorter and of a more delicate frame—probably female—stood a step behind him, next to a third hooded person. She had been told to look out for three visitors: two male, one female. Or why else would they attack her? She opened her mouth to explain when the hooded man lifted his hand and she looked into the dark reflection of a mirror.
She felt the pull instantly and her soul began to shift within the confinement of her mortal body. Her first impulse was to scream, to run away and warn the others. She had heard the stories of a mirror that was once shattered into four fragments, each able to entrap a powerful soul. She certainly never figured someone might ever try to entrap her soul.
A long scream remained trapped in her throat. Her powers began to wane, her will weakened. Fear surged through her veins. Mesmerized, as if under hypnosis, she inched closer to the hooded figure. Her fingers finally touched the cold surface of the mirror as her gaze remained glued to it.
One of the three attackers whispered something and a freezing sensation crept under her skin and into her bones. Maya turned her head to the side and caught a glimpse of eyes as blue as the ocean and hair as black as the night.
The girl was dangling from silver ropes, her skin covered in a sheet of frost that branched in all directions. Her lips shimmered bluish, making it impossible to tell whether she was just a beautiful marble statue, or alive and forever captured in the shard of the mirror.
And then another jolt sent Maya stumbling forward and the girl disappeared. What are we to do with this one? I might just have the fitting mission for her. The Council had instructed her to greet the visitors and attend to them in the guest quarters until further notice.
Maya was determined to do as she was told, and nothing else. At first, Maya thought she was on the verge of blackening out from fear, until she noticed that with each jolt, she was pushed nearer and nearer to a bottomless pit and the darkness around her deepened.
And then she understood what was happening. A moment later, Maya lost all control over her body. Somewhere in the distance footsteps approached and someone rattled at the gates. Too late. Her legs began to move slowly, clumsily, as though she was a child learning to take her first steps. Maya opened her mouth to scream for help but the sound remained trapped in her throat, and she knew she had lost the battle.
Chapter 1 The very first vacation with your boyfriend is a trial for any new relationship. Prior to our departure, Aidan had been pacing up and down our bedroom, shooting me annoyed glances from the corner of his stunning sapphire blue eyes.
So the more annoyed he became, the less inclined I felt to hurry up. So, please, babe, for the sake of humanity, hurry up. Coming from the guy who never lost his cool, I knew there was a lot at stake. Times were changing. The races were preparing for war and would stop at nothing in their quest to win the upper hand. Light for sunny weather or thick for the Scottish Highlands and their unpredictable winds and sudden rainfalls? Aidan rubbed his forehead, avoiding my gaze. No one knows the exact location.
With autumn approaching fast, the nights would cool down noticeably. If you need anything we can just buy it or teleport back to get it. Five minutes and a few more grunts later, I finally managed to zip up the darn thing and looked up at Aidan.
I mean, are you sure?
Forever And Beyond
Eighteen-year-old Amber is a struggling necromancer on a mission: help vampire Aidan stop the Prophecy of Morganefaire and protect the innocents from the inevitable fate that will befall them should the wrong faction win. When bodies begin to pile up, Amber realizes she has no choice than to work together with the fashion-savvy yet irritating ghost of a young witch to solve the mystery and protect the one she loves. In a world of forbidden love, of ancient enemies and bonds spun by fate, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. This time, the book features a murder mystery instead of the whole secretive boyfriend thing, and I must say I love murder mysteries much much more! The people wanted to blame it on Amber, since she was a new comer and a vampire Aidan and Kieran had been there before , and Amber must solve the mystery about the murder before she was killed herself There was a link somewhere between different events, but the book ended we can see how Amber links all things together.
Forever and Beyond