Dawn of Fate and Valor Awakene by Lucinda Dark EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Author: Lucinda Dark
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The Bartoli Empire is a vast land scorched by the sun. With hills of sand
that echo across long stretches, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the
relation to their golden crest. Everything in Bartoli resembles the gold sands
from which it rises.
Our ship rocks back and forth above the choppy waves, sending sprays
of salty water into the air and over my face. I stare out at the horizon as the
land we’ve been seeking for the last few weeks draws closer. Ahead, in the
crow’s nest, a man calls down alerting the rest of the crew that we’re
nearing the land.
It won’t be long now.
Heavy footsteps echo across the wooden floorboards, creaking under
the approacher’s weight. Argyle turns and props his back against the railing
as he turns his cheek and grins at me. I don’t smile back. There’s very little
amusement to be found in my situation. Relief, perhaps. Exhaustion, most
definitely. But amusement? Not so much.
“Well, now, Princess,” he starts, “what do you think of your beloved’s
country at first glance?”
“He’s not my beloved,” I say. Maybe I’d hoped as much once, but now,
I’ll simply be grateful if the Crown Prince of Bartoli is diplomatic enough
to understand the severity of his brother’s crimes and if his understanding
will be enough to lend me the aid of the Bartoli Empire. “It was an arranged
marriage. I’ve never even met him.”
I can only pray that my betrothed, Prince Enver, is nothing like his
brother, Nasir. Even thinking about Nasir turns my stomach sour. It’s all too
easy to recall images of my father’s blood on his sword, on the floor, on my
hands… I swallow the bile that threatens to burn up my throat.
Argyle hums low in his throat, turning to stretch his lanky frame and
place his forearms across the railing. He, too, stares over the vast ocean left
to cross until we reach the docks. He’s quiet for a time, allowing the two of
us to relax into companionable silence. My insides tremble as I focus on the
shoreline. Stone pillars jut up from the land built into the rocky mountains.
“How long will it take us to reach the Royal Palace, do you think?” I
The depth of his dark skin glistens under the sun. Blue from the waters
reflects in the oddity of his mismatched eyes, one cerulean, the other brown.
Argyle hardly spares a glance at me as he answers. “Considering that the
royal family of Bartoli are keen on ocean water, I’d say not long,” he
replies. “Half a day at most.”
“They live that close to one of their port cities?” I’m shocked. While it
can have the added safety of a quick getaway should they befall an invasion
or even the benefit of obtaining fresh goods quickly, it is also a dangerous
choice to have the royals so close to a city that would likely be the first
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