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“Please,” the queen sobbed, “Please, stay with me. Please!”
Clutching the babe tight, tears fell heavily from the sapphire eyes of the young queen. The night had come and gone and not a soul in the castle slept as the infant wailed in the arms of her mother.
“It has only gotten worse since her birth, My Queen.”
A cold hand touched to the queen’s shoulder, but she refused to look up. The doctor’s eyes fell upon the screaming infant. The child was unworldly beautiful, resembling her mother in many aspects, but for the monstrous bruise upon her arm. It had been so small upon her birth, but only weeks later it had grown to cover her arm almost entirely.
The doctors were saying the princess would not last the night. The whole castle was in an uproar. The queen had pleaded with her husband over and over again, but he had not come to her side. Not even once.
The queen pulled her child closer to her and wept harder. "My daughter, my only child..."
“Shall I send once more for the king?” the doctor asked, neglecting the king’s previous dismissal of his wife’s agony. When the queen did not respond, he turned to the maid at her side and instructed her to find the king.
The maid hurried off down the long corridor and found him exactly where she knew he would be. As he had been all morning, she found him in the library -- the only place in the castle that the sound of screaming mother and babe could not be heard. The library was one of the largest areas of the already grand castle, nearly three times the size of the dining halls.
The king was not reading, nor did he pretend to study the intricate murals that hung high upon the walls. He only stood with his eyes to the ceiling and his hands upon his head.
“Your Grace,” she called to him, but she was met with no response. “Your Grace, the queen has asked for your presence. The princess --”
“Leave,” he commanded.
He turned to her then, fury burning wild in his eyes. “Now!" he bellowed. “Do not call upon me, the whole lot of you!”
Stunned by the absence of empathy for his daughter, the maid could only nod whilst faking her understanding. “Yes, Your Grace,” she stammered, shaking, and left him to be.
As the doors to the library shut once more, the king found a spot against the windowsill where he could see the clouds of dark grey peak just over the garden. It was quiet again, and he was grateful for this. The thunder would roll in, and the night would pass soon, and all that was well would be well again, just as it was before.
Come night fall, he would see that squalling child no more. That he counted on.
Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.
genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...
Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...
emmaneal74: I loved this booked. Would definitely buy it when published and read it again. The story flowed in such a way I just couldn't put it down. I was never confused about the characters or their roles in the story which can happen sometimes with so many lead. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to r...
catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.
spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...
diabolka: This book is a fascinating twist on mythology, fantasy and romance genre. The author has done a fantastic job combining Greek mythology with a modern day twist, tying in a plot that offers twists and turns that are both expected and unexpected. The hero, Ross, and heroine, Antara, are complex, ...
Grapes Are Juicy yes!!!: I give this novel FIVE STARS ! This novel is worth reading from the beginning to the end! The plot and conflicts in this story are very smartly integrated. The language facility is a little odd , but i guess this was done on purpose, given the novel's set era. Other than that, this should definit...
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