Guild of Secrets by Shari L. Tapscott EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Shari L. Tapscott
- Language: English
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TWENTYݍTWO YEARS LATER
THERE ARE PRECISELY three reasons why parents send their daughters to
Briarwood School for Young Women.
Reason Number One: It looks good on an apprenticeship application.
Reason Number Two: A coveted apprenticeship will lead to a proper
marriage with a man of high character established in a well-esteemed faction.
And finally, Reason Number Three: Nothing makes a girl realize she
needs to marry well like spending four years with the matronly spinster
teachers at Briarwood.
The problem is the apprenticeship written in loopy calligraphy on the
rolled-up parchment in my hand won’t lead to a proper marriage and all the
honor that accompanies such a union. It’s not even with the right guild.
And that’s why, on a sunny Thursday, just before noon, I storm through
an office door, not bothering to knock. It careens open and crashes against a
rubber stopper at the bottom of the wall, creating a loud thump followed by
an obnoxious twang as the spring returns to its original position.
The man in the posh leather and dark wood office looks up from his
laptop, catches the first glimpse of me in my pristine white tasseled cap,
gown, and three-inch heels, and has the audacity to smile. The indulgent
expression crinkles his twenty-six-year-old face, but it does nothing to calm
my mood. In fact, it might make it worse.
This man, who sits before me in a pressed gray suit, sharp vest, and tie
that probably cost more than most wedding rings, is the current head of the
Magical Law and Enforcement department of the Royal Guild.
he’s the youngest man to take the position, Lord Finnegan—as most refer to
him—is one of the most feared and respected men in America’s magical
community, possibly even the world. And rightly so. At any given time, he
has the power to sign an official decree and have one of my kind tossed into
the Dungeons—a fortified jail deep below the city—and stripped of their
magic. Sometimes permanently.
On top of that, he’s the next in line to rule—and likely will very soon
considering our current Grand Duke is eighty-seven years old and plagued
with random bouts of dementia.
But I don’t fear him. My father took Finn under his wing when he was
fresh out of graduate school, and he’s graced our dinner table more times
than I can count.
“What is this?” I demand, slapping the paper against the desk.
Finn folds his hands in front of him. “It’s a pleasure to see you,
I point the rolled up, official piece of parchment at him, scowling. “First,
let’s go over the fact that you missed my graduation.”
He sweeps a hand over his desk and the piles of papers on it. “As you can
see, I’m rather swamped. We had a trio of pixies—”
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