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Nathan Valancourt, the Knight of Swords and lead warrior of the ancient human hybrid Taleian Vampire race travels to a Scottish castle owned by Lycan leader, Marcus Duart. His task is to procure a cure for his beautiful Queen and only love Juliet who lies poisoned in a deep sleep. Unexpectedly, Nathan finds himself caught in a trap set by a powerful witch who seeks revenge upon the Taleian Queen and her people.
On being awakened by the assistance of a powerful Magician, Juliet finds the witch has taken Nathan for her own and transformed him into a demon, hell bent on his Queen's destruction. Stripped of her powers and throne by the witch, Juliet is forced to flee for her life and evade death at Nathan's hand.
Juliet must find a way to remind Nathan of their strong love for each other and battle the witch to retrieve her throne and command her people once more.
My captor had won and now he was claiming his prize. He appeared approving of my silence and began dragging my body along the dock into the fog. I made every attempt to keep my face from the ground, but it scraped and bruised along the coarseness of the net and the cobbled path. I did not want to belong to anyone but Nathan and endure a life where another cold stranger was forced upon me. I would find a way to die. That would be my escape and Nathan’s proof of my loyalty and undying love, if he ever became whole again.
Gerard continued to drag my aching body over the cobbles along the docks to an unknown destination and into the fog that rolled over the Thames and on into the city. But he was to suddenly stop. I could see his shoulders tense as we all heard the sound of footsteps in the fog ahead, coming towards us in a determined manner.
Gerard ordered the two human men forward to investigate. Each of them drew a knife from their breast pocket as we watched them disappear into the ghostly white air that swirled around us to obscure our vision of what lay ahead. Our heightened Taleian vision was of no use in the fog, only the night. There was no sound apart from their own footsteps now, and that of the water and boats lapping against the side of the dock.
Silence reigned for a minute or more, and then the distant cry of a man was heard and the sharp slice of a sword moving through the damp air. The sound was followed by the bounce of an object hitting the ground and rolling out of the fog towards us. I gave a startled gasp when the human’s decapitated head appeared. Another slice of air and the next human’s head quickly followed with enough force to roll and touch Gerard’s foot. With an angry growl, Gerard kicked the head away from him and out into the Thames.
‘Give me my sword,’ he demanded of the Taleian that carried it.
The other two Taleians took a defensive stance as Gerard raised his sword ready to strike at his unseen opponent, and the determined footsteps continued once more towards us.
A tall shadow emerged from the fog in the dim gas light. He was immaculately dressed as a gentleman of birth, with an aristocratic elegance about him that no other seemed to bear. Relief flooded the blood that still pumped through my veins and my heart swelled with love.
Nathan was a terrifying haunting vision as he emerged from the night. His eyes were dark and were narrowed in anger at Gerard. For a brief moment they were drawn to my pathetic captive figure, and I felt the spark of his fear for me. It was only brief for it turned to explosive anger.
‘Another challenger?’ Gerard hissed. ‘I got here first. She is mine, and I am taking her.’
Nathan’s eyes widened.
‘You dare to take my Queen and defile her?’
Gerard gave a small nervous laugh. ‘Who are you to call her your Queen?’
His question appeared mute, for his curious and anxious tone told everyone he already knew who Nathan was.
Nathan’s voice was as dark and soft as melted chocolate when he spoke. It only served to heighten the menace of his position.
‘I am the Knight of Swords.’
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