By Karen Mahoney
While she used to be seven, a terrible fey assault killed Donna Underwoods father and drove her mom mad. Her personal approximately deadly accidents have been mounted by means of alchemythe iron tattoos branding her fingers and hands. Now seventeen, Donna seems like a freak, doomed through the paranormal background that destroyed her mom and dad and any probability she had for a standard lifestyles. purely her courting along with her ally, Navin, is conserving her sane. but if vicious wooden elves abduct Navin, Donna is pressured to simply accept her position within the centuries-old struggle among human alchemists and those darkest outcasts of Faerie. Assisted through Xan, a stunning man with faery blood operating via his veins and secrets and techniques of his personal, Donna races to avoid wasting Navineven if it potential betraying every little thing her mom and dad fought to the dying to guard. compliment: ""This tale has all of it for lovers of (sub)urban: vicious adversaries, committed friendship and primary romance.""KIRKUS studies darkish and lovely, sensual and unsafe, totally mesmerizing. . . Youll fall less than this books spell.Richelle Mead, long island occasions bestselling writer Mahoneys debut sizzles with romance and alchemical swashbuckling. . . an enthralling read.Tiffany Trent, writer of within the Serpents Coils ""Teen ladies will love the descriptions of Donna's emotions approximately her new love curiosity, and the main points approximately garments, friendship, and her makes an attempt to slot in. fable enthusiasts will take pleasure in analyzing a few various international attempting to conceal in ours. This e-book should still turn out to be the start of a well-liked series.""SCHOOL LIBRARY magazine ""Dark round the edges, yet glossy at center, it is a valuable addition to the YA paranormal shelf.""MICHAEL M. JONES
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Her adrenaline spiked, and the accompanying rush of blood left her light-headed. Her iron-laced hands and arms throbbed in unison to the beat of the city’s heart. And she knew that if she wanted to, she could shatter the bones of Navin’s hand without breaking a sweat. Donna was marked by magic. And not just any magic, but an ancient alchemical magic that had lain hidden behind legends for centuries. Yet knowing what she could do didn’t make her feel special. It didn’t make her feel powerful. All it did was make her feel completely and utterly alone.
Navin nudged her, looking as though he was about to speak. She put one gloved finger to her lips and turned back to the door. She bent against it and listened. The sound had stopped. Donna yanked down on the brass handle and pushed. She had to remember to use a “normal” amount of strength. If Navin weren’t here, she could break it down without too much trouble. The door was jammed. Or locked. “Help me,” she said, pulling Navin over to the door. ” They both leaned their weight against it, pushing and straining.
How close she finally was to telling Navin the truth. At least, some of the truth. Would that hurt so much? She could answer that question for herself: of course it would hurt. That was why she’d protected him all this time, why she was willing to go along with the secrecy of the Order despite the lies. Navin was blessed with a pretty normal life. It wasn’t without its own loss and sadness, but at least his sadness had a human flavor. Donna wanted to protect that normality as much as she could.