Frostfire (The Kanin Chronicles)
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Hidden deep in the heart of a snow-covered wilderness lies the secret kingdom of the Kanin―a magical realm as beautiful as it is treacherous…
Bryn Aven has never fit into Kanin society. Her blond hair and blue eyes set her apart as an outsider―a half-blood unable to hold a respectable rank. But she's determined to prove herself as a loyal protector of the kingdom she loves. Her dream is to become a member of the King's elite guard, and she's not going to let anything stand in her way…not even her growing feelings for her boss, Ridley Dresden. A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but Bryn can't fight her attraction to him. And she's beginning to think he feels it too.
Meanwhile, there's an attack on the kingdom―one that will test Bryn's strength like never before. Finally, she has the chance to confront Konstantin Black, the traitor who tried to kill her father years ago. It's up to Bryn to put a stop to him before he strikes again. But is she willing to risk everything to protect a kingdom that doesn't accept her for who she really is? And when her mission brings her closer to Ridley, will she be able to deny her heart?
jacket went down to her ankles, and she pulled it tighter around herself as we walked toward the palace. The large diamond studs in her ears glimmered when the sun poked through the clouds in the overcast sky. “Then why are we doing it?” I asked, trudging along beside her. “Because they’re family, even if they aren’t close,” she explained with a hint of exasperation. “And because it’s a nice gesture.” “But you don’t even like them that much,” I said, as if she needed me to remind her of that
Konstantin. “You don’t see enough of me already, so you’ve resorted to stalking me?” Ridley asked, and I glanced up to see him walking over to me, grinning crookedly. “What?” I was startled by him, and it took a second for me to realize he was joking. Then I smiled back and motioned toward my parents’ place. “No. I was just coming from my parents’ cottage.” “Likely story.” He’d reached me, and we both stood in the middle of the empty road. “Care if I join you?” “Sure.” I shrugged and started
to go on this fact-finding mission with Bryn.” “Your Highness, with all due respect, there are other trackers that may be better,” I tried again. “Simon Bohlin is—” But Mina cut me off. “If they’re better, then we need them here, protecting us.” “The Queen has spoken,” King Evert decreed. “Now I suggest you pack your things and get on your way as soon as you can. They are expecting you in Storvatten by tomorrow morning.” “Yes, Your Majesty.” I bowed before him and the Queen. “Thank you for
and velvets in blues and silver, but through the windows the lake looked dark and murky. I pressed my hands against the glass and peered upward through the water at the few rays of sunlight that managed to break through. A small tuft of dark green mold grew where the window met the frame. That explained the smell. As soon as I’d stepped downstairs, I’d noticed the scent of moisture and mold. It reminded me of a dank old basement. I noticed a small puddle of water dripping down from a leak
sounded like the door to my father’s office. I glanced down the narrow corridor off the main hall, and sure enough, I saw my dad emerging from his office. His black hair—which he normally kept smoothed back—had become slightly disheveled, and his tie was loosened, with the top buttons of his shirt undone. “What are you doing?” I asked in surprise. “I thought you went home hours ago.” “I had some paperwork I needed to finish up.” He gestured to the office behind him as he walked slowly toward