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Friday, July 25, 2014

Excerpt and Giveaway: Reign of Shadows (Descendants #3) by Melissa Wright

Release date: July 30th, 2014


Brianna can see her future, but it’s the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.

Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they've so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they've set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?

A must-read continuation of the Descendants series!!The author definitely does not disappoint with the twists, turns, fighting and suspense. - Goodreads


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Chapter Three Cont’d

Aern stared at her, everything that he’d learned in his youth rolling through his mind. The Seven Lines had once been powerful, able to do much more than simply use sway. Something had happened, something they’d called a thinning of the blood, that had slowly weakened their powers until no more than this remained. He wanted to not believe her. He wanted to keep thinking the stories they’d been told were true.

But the shadows were part of their legend. A horrible, dark part of the Seven Lines history.

And Brianna was one of them.

His chest ached for a moment at the thought of Emily, but he pushed it away to deal with the problem at hand. He trusted Brianna, and she had given him this power, given him the ability to sway his own kind. This was the story that made sense. This was the only thing that had felt of truth for a long time.

“So you think she placed you here for them?” He corrected himself, purposefully separating Brianna and Emily from the others. “For the shadows?” To spy, to destroy them from within, to gain some benefit from their position among the Seven.

Brianna shook her head, clearly not certain about any of it. “What else, Aern? She was a shadow.”

“Maybe not,” Emily said. “Maybe,” she twisted her hands, paced two steps away only to come right back, “maybe she wanted us away from the shadows. Against them.” She glanced at Aern. “Maybe that’s what she saw. Just like the prophecy, Bri, maybe she wanted you to save them.”

It was there again, that doubt in Brianna’s eyes, and Aern remembered words that had once been spoken softly among the ancient documents of council. That she’d had her doubts about the prophecy, that she’d wondered if it was not some long-dead magic pushed to her from a place unknown. Until Brianna had seen the actual document, she’d not been certain the prophecies were real. And now that these visions were popping into her mind, she didn’t trust that any of it was her own.

Except for her power, and this new talent for seeing the now that she’d had only days. Because even Aern knew there was no questioning that. The repaired connections brought something to them that was undeniably theirs, a tangible link. It was an indisputable fit. It didn’t just exist, it belonged.

“If they did this,” Brianna said, “if they put all of this into place, it doesn’t matter what we want. Things will happen their way. We’ll have no choice but to let fate push us to whatever they’ve seen.”

Logan shifted, eyes not landing on any of them when he said, “No, Brianna. You always have a choice."


There is a teaser posted here and the first chapter posted here, but beware, it's full of spoilers from the first book.
You can read an excerpt of Bound by Prophecy here.

About the author
Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the new Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on Goodreads and Pinterest.


Anne said...

Yes, I do think I'd like to see the unchangeable future.

Linda Romer said...

No I wouldn't want to see the future. I like to live day to day, and am grateful for what I have.

Rita Wray said...

Yes I would want to see the future because I could prepare for what is going to happen.

Cheryl R said...

I would like to see if I will have grandchildren.

Joseph Hawkshaw said...

Yes i would love to.

Nicole The Reading Rebel said...

Yes.I would like to prepare myself for what is to come.

Spg Chlomo said...

Yes i would love to.

jmcgaugh said...

No, I don't think I'd want to see into the future if I couldn't change it.

Zemira said...

I don't think there would be a point in seeing the future if I couldn't do anything to change it.

Natalie said...

I do not want to see the future because I know God has something great planned for me.

collenga said...

No, I think seeing the future would be too depressing and ruin any chance for my own happiness. Esp since I'm unable to change anything.

Unknown said...

Yes, I do think I'd like to see the unchangeable future.. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity.

Unknown said...

I don't no but i think i would want to, it seems like it would effect your choices at least. thank you

Anonymous said...

No I would not want to see, especially if I couldn't change it.

Unknown said...

That's a hard one I am not sure if i could not change it, i would if i could change it but if i had no controll i don't think i would but maybe. thank you

Rhianna said...

If there's no way to alter it I don't see any reason to know what's coming.

Bewitched reader said...

I think I would want to see the future. Even though I couldn't change it I would want to know what’s up ahead in my life.

Maidenveil said...

No..even if I could do something about it I wouldn't want that kind of power to see the future.