Published: March 4th, 2014
Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in.
She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing.
Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?
I am invincible.
Though she panted like a hound, her hands braced on her knees, Zayn managed to grin victoriously at Junaid. “I suppose I’m the winner,” she managed to say between breaths. “Again.”
Her fallen opponents groaned on the ground, holding a head, an arm, a calf. There’d been three of them, all armed, against her—unarmed. She drew in her strength all at once, coiled it like a whip within her until she had to use it again.
Junaid leaned against the parapet, his arms crossed, that near-smile on his lips as he watched her. He pushed off the stone and began to approach her. “Do you seek applause? Because you won’t get any from me.”
Zayn’s smile faded, and she straightened before him. “Admit I am ready.”
He quirked an eyebrow at her. “Are you? I think not.”
“I have good control over my powers,” she said, her lips drawn tight. “I’ve learned everything you have to teach. I’m ready, I tell you.”
In a lazy motion, Junaid stepped back. He watched her face as he said, “Bashar, approach.”
Ah! Zayn couldn’t help but flash a demon smile at her mentor. She uncoiled her strength slowly, relishing the sensation. Yes. Let me have Bashar. I will enjoy this.
Rima Jean received a degree in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. After a dismal law school experience, she floundered a bit before accepting her calling: storytelling. She resides in Houston with her wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters, where she writes, edits, and dabbles in digital art.
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