Daq Aryk dreams the impossible. Unite six fractious clans into a single nation of traders and explorers. His second Valkyn doubts he can succeed. But if he doesn’t either the clans kill each other off or band together under Beloq the Bloody into a single invasion force, in which case the rest of the world unites to kill them off. Either way the Isadorikjans are dead. He knows the lure of the lia, battle-fever. But Aryk tires of death. Haunted by nightmares of his son Joro’s death by sword, he determines to find a better way of life for all than this constant state of war.
Go to Isadorikja, the Isle of Ice, with a mortal riever? Elven warrior Verdeen can scarce credit her first assignment. According to Queen Dara, human rievers are pillagers of the worst sort, the scourge of the civilized world.
All her life Verdeen has yearned for a life of adventure as an elite ranger, a chance to change the world. Except upongraduation from the military academy, no war mare selects her for the advanced cavalry training needed to gain full ranger status. Her parents don’t understand her choice of careers, nor condone it. In her five years at the academy, they’ve not seen her, nor spoken to her. They skip her graduation. Heartbroken, Verdeen wonders what the future holds for her. King Loren makes an offer. Become his Right Hand, go with Daq Aryk as Loren’s ambassador and spy.
Verdeen the warrior can hold her own against any enemy. Verdeen the woman never sees Aryk coming. In a fragrant moonlit garden, she dares to kiss him at the academy wishing pool. She’s never been tempted by a man before, but Aryk’s heated kisses shake her to the core and for the first time she feels desire. What makes him so different from all the others?
Now her inner woman is free and Verdeen has no idea what to do with her.
Warning: Be careful when you mock Destiny – dreams of changing the world can take an unexpected detour. This tale illustrates what happens when adventurous dreamer meets seen-it-all cynic. If she’s not careful, he’ll seduce more than her body. He’ll steal her heart…