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Raine, Ly’Tana and the others escape Brutal’s trap, but with dire consequences. Kel’Ratan has been grievously injured, and Rygel must take him to safety to save his life. Yet, they are not out of danger. A monstrous storm called the Wrath of Usa’a’mah has halted their flight from Khalid and they must seek shelter within a remote monastery or die under the storm’s power.
But High King Brutal has allied himself with the deadly assassins, the Shekinah Tongu. The secretive clan has sworn out a Blood Oath against Rygel in retaliation for his leaving their brothers in the forest to die. With their hellish hounds and Brutal’s dark wizard, Ja’Teel, they track Raine and Ly’Tana through the devastation left by the storm. Raine leads them into the west, toward Ly’Tana’s home of Kel’Halla, with Brutal’s menace confronting them at every turn.
As he finds himself falling in love with the exotic Ly’Tana, Raine is plagued by a mysterious voice in his head. Is he going crazy? In Raine, Ly’Tana discovers the one man she cannot live without.
However, an evil entity has targeted Ly’Tana, bent on her destruction. How can Raine, Rygel, Kel’Ratan and her griffin bodyguard, Bar, keep her safe from its vast, unseen power?
Hunted by Brutal and his evil allies, Raine, Ly’Tana and their friends discover a new, and very strange, force dogging their trail – a pack of enormous, cunning wolves. Mysterious wolves who call to Raine in the night, and bring alive the secret he’s kept hidden, even from himself. Taunted by nightmarish visions, Raine is forced to confront his own dark demon – the beast within himself.
Who will catch Raine and Ly’Tana first? Brutal and his pets – or the wolves?
Thus begins the second novel of the Saga of the Black Wolf series.
“Catch a Wolf” Deleted Scene:
For this blog post, I thought you might like to read a scene from “Catch a Wolf” I cut. Being a rather anal writer, I edit stuff out, but like to hang onto them. You never know: I might want to use it somewhere else. Besides, readers of my blog may find this entertaining. I certainly enjoyed writing it.
“All right, who volunteers to cook the rest of the meat for travelling?” I asked the room. “Tor deserves a well-earned respite.”
Witraz sighed. “Alun and I will.”
Alun rounded on him in a huff before glancing at me. He relented with a sigh of his own. “He and I,” he muttered.
“Left and Right, you’re on clean up duty.”
I didn’t bother looking around to witness their twin scowls. “Just do it,” I snapped.
Kel’Ratan and Rygel chuckled. Corwyn stared at me, a look of wide-eyed amazement on his face. He half-lifted his hand toward the twins behind me. “How did you -“
“My lord, didn’t you realize?” I said with wide-eyed innocence. “I know everything.”
“Back to business,” Wolf said. “If Ja’Teel can find Corwyn at any time, then he can find us. I refuse to put him in harm’s way, just to divert Brutal.”
“It probably won’t work anyway,” I said.
“How so, Your Highness?” Corwyn asked.
I smiled. “That lovely, inspirational gesture from you to him, my friend.”
Understanding flooded his puzzled face and Wolf’s voice. “No matter what, Brutal won’t let that insult pass.”
“Even if it’s to convince us that Corwyn is on our side?” Kel’Ratan asked.
“Brutal won’t care,” I said. “He will command Ja’Teel kill him at the first opportunity.”
“If Ja’Teel can find him any time -“
“Rygel,” Wolf said quickly. “Break Ja’Teel’s spell.”
“What the bloody hell do you mean?” I snapped. “Are you the best or not?”
Rygel smiled sadly. “I would if I could, Princess. But one magician cannot break another’s spell without first findingthe signature.”
“What signature?” Wolf asked.
“Every wizard has his own very unique signature wrapped into his or her spells,” Rygel explained. “Unless one knows the signature, spells cannot be broken. It’s almost impossible to find someone’s signature. Especially when one is as smart as he is.”
I leaned forward. “You said ‘almost’.”
“I did, Princess,” Rygel said, his hands out palms up. “But it’s a daunting task. There’s another answer, though.”
Wolf raised his hand as though to clout Rygel upside his head. “Why didn’t you say so, you egotistical toad?”
Rygel flinched back. “I was getting to it, dammit.”
I covered my grin with my hand. “I strongly suggest you step lively, Rygel.”
Rygel glowered at Wolf, miffed. “I can block the spell. That way Ja’Teel can’t find Corwyn and all will be, well, perfect.”
Wolf growled, low in his throat. “Then get on it before I rearrange how your head sits on your neck.”
Muttering under his breath, Rygel stood up and strode behind Corwyn as he sat next to Rannon. I didn’t have to see his blue eyes widen, or his shoulders suddenly tense, or the flesh about his mouth pale to know his fear. For I felt it myself. While Rygel had benign, even friendly intentions, his power took the breath away.
If he used much power, I didn’t see it. Standing behind Corwyn, Rygel lightly touched his fingers to Corwyn’s head and shut his eyes for a long moment. Corwyn blinked in confusion several times before Rygel stepped lightly back and shrugged.
“’Tis done,” he said, sitting back down.
“Done?” I asked, bewildered. “What did you do?”
“Set a block,” he answered, in his most irritating drawl. “As I said I would.”
I leaned toward Wolf, catching his eyes. “Can I shoot him? Please?”
Wolf glanced from me to Rygel, then back again. He sighed, a deep mournful gust of breath. “While I wish with all my heart I could say knock yourself out,” he answered, “we need him.”
I eyed Rygel with scorn. “I disagree.”
Wolf massaged my knuckles with his fingers. “I promise you this, my dear lady. Once we’re out of Khalid for good, I’ll hold your – er – coat.”
“And this is the thanks I get,” Rygel snapped. “Ja’Teel can’t find Corwyn or us because of me and I’m to be shot? I ask you!”
“Just ignore him for the next six months,” Wolf advised.
“Depend on it,” I replied.
Rygel huffed in righteous indignation. “I am so unappreciated in my time.”
“Oh, you are appreciated, braud,” Wolf said, amiably clasping Rygel’s shoulder in his huge hand. “We just, um, hate you.”
“That’s good to know,” he replied acidly. “I feel ever so much better.” Rygel buried his aristocratic nose in his wine cup, muttering under his breath.
About A. Katie Rose
A. Katie Rose is a Colorado native, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. She enjoys riding, teaching and learning from horses, likes camping, reading novels, watching movies and, of course, lives to write fantasy books.
She currently works as a photographer in San Antonio, Texas, and is a slave to her six cats and four horses. “In a Wolf’s Eyes” is her first novel.
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