An Empress of Fire & Steel by Noelle Rayne EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Noelle Rayne
- Language: English
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The flames of the cottage fire entranced Torin Blacksteel’s exhausted
eyes. He hadn’t been getting much sleep recently. Not much at all.
Lifting a green and silver chalice to his lips, he tipped his head back
and let his mother’s home-brewed wine slide down his throat. Normally, he
liked to savour his liquor, to let the spices from his favourite rum sink into
the tissues of his mouth, but he wasn’t in the mood to experience that. Nor
was he in a city that would sell that kind of liquor. As resourceful as he was,
he couldn’t pluck expensive rum out of thin air.
Torin and his brothers were still residing at his mother’s cottage in the
Fairlands and had been since the attack on the Uplift five days ago.
He hadn’t had so much as a fireletter from his father.
Not a peep. Nothing. Zero.
A strange unease shifted in his gut.
He hadn’t been called back to the tower on official duty, and neither had
his brothers. Ordinarily, if he hadn’t been located at the tower for more than a
day, word would be sent out to any tavern in the city to find him. Someone—
usually Marcus or Gideon—would call him back to his duty, finding him
quickly and efficiently, but nothing had come to request their return.
Drawing in his cheeks with a breath, he rubbed a hand over his jaw. It had
been five days of silence. Well, he wouldn’t exactly call it silence. Inside his
mind had been utter anarchy as he tried to fit the pieces of the Uplift together,
trying to find some sensible solution to the madness that had unfolded.
Torin had yet to be successful with that mission.
He got up from the plush chair carefully, trying not to disturb Kellen
dozing on the sofa opposite him, and strode to the cabinet for more homebrewed wine. He had to admit, it wasn’t a La Luna rum and sugar spice, but it
did manage to take the edge off some of the demons in his head. They were
restless, sinking their teeth into every thought his mind leaked.
Regardless of how much wine he consumed, he wouldn’t sleep, not while
the puzzle of what happened at the Uplift lay incomplete in his mind. He
couldn’t relax until it made some kind of sense.
The swirling reflection of Emara’s face and the darkness of her eyes that
night haunted him even more when he was alone with his own thoughts. How
she had sobbed. How she had raged. How she had fought and wielded not
only her magic, but a weapon too.
He took another sip of wine and his thumb trailed over the stem of the
Gideon was taking his turn keeping watch over the cottage, making sure
no one discovered Emara’s whereabouts. Even though he’d insisted on taking
the night shift, Torin hadn’t argued. It would allow his brother time to clear
his mind in the quiet of the forest night. And it also meant they weren’t in the
same room as each other.
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