I know I'm in my own little world, but it's OK.
They know me here...


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday Seven! (Shadow Kin)

It's Saturday Seven!

In SHADOW KIN by M.J.Scott, Lily is a wraith assassin, with the ability to materialize and dematerialize at will, except in full sunlight. She's sent by her master to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage. Yet he manages to foil her attempt but reacts in way she doesn't anticipate...
"Have you decided?" I asked, trying to ignore the wary thread of fear rising in my stomach.
"Decided what?"
"What you're going to do with me?" I held my breath, knowing if he chose, he could make a decision that would end my life. I hoped the side of him that healed would make such a decision hard on him. I knew what I'd do in his place.
Eliminate the threat.
But this man was very different from me. Very different from anyone I'd ever met.
"If I turn you in, you'll try to escape. If you're successful, people will get hurt. If you fail, they might kill you."
I nodded, my mouth too dry to dispute any of this. It was all true anyway. His mouth twisted. Then he braced his shoulders as if he'd made a decision that didn't entirely rest easy. He knelt and started to unite me.
Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely...
I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place amongst her kind. They called me "soulless." An abomination. Perhaps they're right...I'm a wraith, a shadow who slips between worlds. I was given into the service of a Blood Lord who raised me to be his most feared assassin. Still, I'm nothing more than a slave to my master, and to the need that only he can fulfill...
Then he orders me to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage. In the blaze of his magic, my own disappears. Instead of seeking revenge, Simon shows me mercy. He wants to free me. But that's one thing my master and his kind will never allow.
And even if I thought I could trust Simon, stepping from the shadow into the light isn't as simple as it sounds...


  1. This seems like an interesting read. Walking from the shadows into the light is a great theme for a story...