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381 pages, Paperback
First published April 5, 2012
"You could use the vines," Keeley said hesitantly, "to create movement of air and manipulate it to create a bubble that would at the very least contain it."
"Yes," Yotaka said lightly. "Very good. Let's try it."
That was all the warning Keeley had before the fireball was launched at her.
Joshua leapt between it and his sister, his vines fluttering, creating a whirlwind of an effect. The fireball hovered in place but did not go out.
Yotaka's eagle eyes narrowed. "This was not for you to perform, Joshua Bohrain, but your sister."
"She doesn't use her Mark," Joshua ground out. "Would you call back your flame, sir?"
He turned and paced away. "It is nice that you are willing to protect your sister, but she must learn to defend herself or she becomes a liability to your group."
"She's no liability," Joshua said between clenched teeth. "She's the ruddy brains."
"Without the ability to act?"
Haji stepped in. "Who are you to tell us who has what rights? Can you not tell that she is terrified?"
"Of what?" Yotaka demanded, turning on us. "Of the fire? Of her shadow? Of her Mark?" He raised a hand and a lash of flame erupted from it.
I raised my hand, my own lightning fire lashing out, whipping Yotaka's flame from its course, my shirt bursting into flame.
Keeley didn't move, her green eyes wide.
I found the violence and darkness of this book a bit disturbing, but again, it’s me that doesn’t like books that get too dark and violent. There is no romance in this book, so if you’re looking for that, this isn’t for you, if you have to have it. There is hints of it, but none, maybe in the next books there will be.