Princess Raya of Paruth lived alone on a deserted island in a towering lighthouse, forgotten by time. With only a loyal albatross as a friend, she had little hope or joy in her life until he washed up on her shore in the middle of a raging winter storm.
Excerpt Chapter 1
Once Upon a Time, in a land far away, and in the time of fairies, there was a kingdom ravaged by a deadly plague. Fueled by magic, it swept over the land without mercy and the people of Paruth fell swiftly and violently ill.
The stench of blood and rotting flesh so permeated the air, that even the sea breeze couldn’t dissipate it.
Unable to help their people, and in an effort to protect themselves, the King ordered his men to bar the doors to the palace. But it was no use. The illness was already inside…
Someone was coming. I hid in the corner of the room, blending with the shadows. My fingertips dug into the cold, gritty stone at my back. If someone was looking for a rememdy for the plague, I didn’t have it. And if they were looking to sacrifice me in order to stop the destruction, it wouldn’t work. The dark fae of the Southern Isle wouldn’t let one soul escape their wrath. The power of their magic stung my nose and made my lips and ears tingle uncomfortable.
“Hildegard?” The queen’s voice was strained. She was holding her gown up as she rushed off the bottom step and into my workshop. I stepped from the darkness, removing my hood. She hurried across the room to me, taking my hands in hers. Her fingers were trembling. “We’ve barred the palace doors.”
“It won’t help,” I warned.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links: