A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Authors:Melissa Blair
- Publish Date: August 2, 2022
- Language: English
- Genre: Romantic Fantasy
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Size: 2 MB
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I HAD SEVENTEEN BLADES concealed along my person, each one more than
capable of killing the man in front of me. The slivers of steel tucked into my
leathers would land a deadly strike before he even saw my arm move. The
twin blades I had crossed against my back would be slower, but he was
Mortal. Human. He couldn’t outrun me.
Any of my weapons would do, though I knew his life would end at the
edge of the bloodred dagger holstered at my thigh. I only had to wrap my
fingers around the bone hilt and levy the blow.
But I couldn’t kill him until I had what I needed.
“Please,” he whispered through swollen lips. A pleading look met my
gaze, framed by the black eye I had given him the hour before. “I’ve told you
everything I know!”
“You’ve been more obliging than most of the people I interrogate,” I said
truthfully. Many of my targets waited until I spilled half their blood before
they would spill their secrets. This man had caved after the third strike. He
barely squirmed when I restrained him to the chair.
“I would do anything for the king! Anything! Just let me go. Please.” His
last word came out as a pathetic whimper. I should have known this one was
“The king only requires one more thing of you before he extends his
mercy,” I replied. My right hand rested on the white hilt of my dagger.
“Anything.” His voice cracked. Hot lines of tears poured down his cheeks
as he rocked back and forth.
“A name.” I took a step toward him. He flinched. His wide brown eyes
darted from my face to my hand and back again.
“I already told you. He called himself the Shadow. He hid behind the hood
of his cloak. That’s all I know!” He leaned forward, fighting the ropes tied
around his torso. Thick veins strained against his neck, pulsing almost as
quickly as his breath. He knew what happened when the Blade was finished
asking her questions.
“Not that name,” I whispered. I didn’t need any more information for the
king. This name was just for me.
“What name? I’ll give you any name you want,” he said. Sweat pooled
along the sparse hairs of his lip.
I needed to end this. I was being cruel.
“Your name,” I answered.
He still stared at me, but his eyes lost focus as he slumped against the back
of the chair. He swallowed. “Why?”
I hated these moments most. When a person’s resolve melted away and
they accepted their fate. Accepted that I would kill them. Surprise deaths
were so much easier.
I lifted a gentle hand to his chin and pulled his gaze back to mine. My
brown braid fell forward and tickled his cheek.
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