the crown of gilded bone by Jennifer L. Armentrout EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Language: English
- Genre: Literary Fiction
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- Page: 596
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“Lower your swords,” Queen Eloana commanded, her hair shining a
glossy onyx in the sun as she sank onto one knee. The raw emotion pouring
out of her seeped into the Temple floors of the Chambers of Nyktos, bitter
and hot, tasting of anguish and a helpless sort of anger.
It stretched out
toward me, needling my skin and brushing against this…primal thing inside
me. “And bow before the…before the last descendant of the most ancient
ones. She who carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. Bow before
your new Queen.”
The blood of the King of Gods? Your new Queen? None of that made
sense. Not her words or when she had removed her crown.
A too-thin breath scorched my throat as I looked at the man standing
beside the Queen of Atlantia. The crown was still upon the King’s goldenhaired head, but the bones had remained a bleached white. Nothing like the
gleaming, gilded one the Queen had placed at the feet of the statue of
Nyktos. My gaze skipped over the terrible, broken things scattered about
the once pristine, white floors. I’d done that to them, adding their blood to
what had fallen from the sky, filling the thin fissures in the marble. I didn’t
look at that or anyone else—every part of my being focused on him.
He remained on one knee, staring up at me from between the vee of
the swords he’d crossed over his chest. His damp hair, blue-black in the
Atlantian sunlight, curled against the sandy-hued skin of his forehead. Red
streaked those high, angular cheekbones, the proud curve of his jaw, and ran
down lips that had once shattered my heart. Lips that had pieced those
broken shards back together with the truth. Bright, golden eyes locked with
mine, and even bowed before me, so motionless I wasn’t sure he breathed,
he still reminded me of one of the wild and strikingly beautiful cave cats I’d
once seen caged in Queen Ileana’s palace as a child.
He had been many things to me. A stranger in a dimly lit room who’d
been my first kiss. A guard who had sworn to lay down his life for mine. A
friend who had looked beyond the veil of the Maiden to truly see me
underneath, who’d handed me a sword to protect myself instead of forcing
me into a gilded cage.
A legend cloaked in darkness and nightmares that
had plotted to betray me. A Prince of a kingdom believed to have been lost
to time and war, who had suffered unimaginable horrors and yet managed to
find the pieces of who he used to be. A brother who would do anything,
commit any deed to save his family. His people. A man who bared his soul
and stripped open his heart to me—and only me.
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