Princess in Exile by Bernadette Rowley (Queenmakers Saga Book 3)
English | 2019 | Fantasy | ePUB | 1.0 Mb
Princess in Exile: princess of the people in self-imposed exile. Nothing could prepare Alecia for what she faces as she leaves all she has known behind and embraces a future with her rescuer.
…a tormented shapeshifter, desperate to defend the woman he loves. Vard Anton fights both external forces and the least controllable of his forms – the bear.
The lovers travel to a lost city, hoping a sorcerer there may help Vard master his transformations. They soon discover this mentor has his own devious agenda. Will Vard and Alecia escape? Can their love survive Alecia’s fear of Vard’s animal forms? What secret does the princess hold with the power to destroy Vard’s trust?
“Despite himself, Vard shivered. The old woman had more than enough tricks to keep her safe from most intruders.
“Hetty, it’s I, Vard Anton.”
There was a rustle and a lamp flared beside the bed. Vard threw his arm up to shield his eyes from the sudden bright light. Hetty stood by the bed, her black eyes boring into him, wild gray hair even more untidy than usual.
“I thought never to see you again, changeling. I suppose you need my help.” Sudden alarm exposed the whites of her eyes. “Is the princess well?”
“Alecia is well, but the amulet has failed.”
The witch took a step forward. “I wondered how long my enchantment would last. You’re certain the princess is unharmed?”
“She’s fine, but you must know that.”
“I know nothing of the sort, Captain. My scrying has shown Alecia in danger from mercenaries on almost a daily basis this last month. I might have known you wouldn’t be able to keep her safe.”
He shook his head impatiently. “Would you cease your badgering? I need your help.”
“As always! How it must irk you to come crawling to me when something needs fixing.”