When Earth calls for help, he must answer or die.
For Kaiden Darcy, duty is everything. As True-named protector, he’s tasked with the safety of his home. And her. Rianthe Royan, the prophesied one who is destined to save the earth and everyone on it from complete surrender to the darkness.
Only she doesn’t know how, and just as she discovers a way to understand, her baby brother disappears. Torn between finding the only family she has left and finding the magic to heal the blight that tainted the earth, Rianthe needs help.
Kaiden answers that call. Leaving duty behind, he sets out to find the boy, a search that brings him face to face with bad blood.
Too much had changed in a few short years. It seemed unfathomable to Kaiden Darcy. He’d been twelve when Rianthe Royan stumbled into his arms and wormed her way deep under his skin. Then, he’d betrayed her and she’d run. Kaiden didn’t blame her. He might have done the same thing in her boots.
Now she’d come home again, except nothing had stayed the same. Half their home lay in ashed ruins, destroyed by a Dark druid who’d been hunting Rianthe. Kaiden was True-Named thurisaz, protector, yet his magic wasn’t strong enough to save anyone. Torn between his impulse to protect Rianthe and his loyalty to the people who’d taken him in as a babe, it was no wonder he felt so conflicted. Add in the dark dreams he’d been having ever since the injury, and folks barely spoke to him these days.
Kaiden rubbed his shoulder and moved his arm to ease the ever-present ache. Roulf had said the poison would be slow to ebb. The funny little man had entered their lives almost as quickly as their mentor Bhren had left and had been a huge help. Time proved him right once again. More than five weeks had passed and Kaiden still couldn’t fight like normal. Like he needed to.
Blowing out a breath, he watched it mist in the cool air. Patience didn’t come easy for him, especially with his own performance. He was the designated protector of New Hope. He couldn’t do that and keep Rianthe from harm unless he was healed and whole. Right now, even finding her seemed impossible. She’d disappeared yet again.