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The Dragon Kings Book Seven

The Dragon Kings Book Seven

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With Liam off on a dangerous mission, all Sid can do is wait for news. When the news comes, it has devastating repercussions not only for Sid, but for Liam as well. Liam has to decide if he should go home or stay on the island and finish what he and Felix started.

But first he has to manage not to freeze to death.

Meanwhile, inside the castle, Isa learns that there is a new danger and she wonders if she will ever get to go outside again. Grace grapples with a guardian who has set his eyes on her and doesn’t understand the meaning of no. When their all of their worlds collide, anything is possible…

 

Synopsis

With Liam off on a dangerous mission, all Sid can do is wait for news.

When the news comes, it has devastating repercussions not only for Sid, but for Liam as well.

Liam has to decide if he should go home or stay on the island and finish what he and Felix started. But first he has to manage not to freeze to death.

Meanwhile, inside the castle, Isa learns that there is a new danger and she wonders if she will ever get to go outside again.

Grace grapples with a guardian who has set his eyes on her and doesn’t understand the meaning of no. When all of their worlds collide, anything is possible…

First Chapter

“Call the council and Valentine,” Sid told the eagle perched on his bedroom windowsill. He needed all of his available resources at the moment. He tried to ignore the knot in his stomach.

His son was gone.

Chasing after an unknown enemy.

One that could kill him.

The eagle bowed and flew away. Aspen paced in front of him. “Why would he do this?” Their bedroom, which was one of Sid’s favorite rooms in the house, felt small and claustrophobic. The heat was on because the temps had dropped below freezing again overnight, and it made the room stuffy. He wanted to fly out into the morning like the eagle.

Sid gave Aspen a tight grin. “Because he’s like you.”

And Liam had been. From the moment he could walk, he was fearless and adventurous. But Sid never thought that would someday put his life in serious danger. Well, he’d known it would, but not to this extent. He figured Liam would get stuck in an avalanche or wreck his car. Not go chasing after a murderous queen.

Aspen glowered. “Don’t you dare blame this on me.”

Sid sighed and reached for her hand. He didn’t want to blame her. “I’m not. I’m just stating a fact. He has no fear bone. Neither do you.”

“I do now,” she shrieked and jerked her hand out of his. “He could die out there.”

Sid grabbed for her again, refusing to let go. It was rare to see Aspen frazzled or upset. “Yes, he could. But he could also survive, so let’s not write him off yet. Why don’t you take a shower while I make breakfast? We need to eat so we can think properly.” He’d learned that in the last war. Food and sleep were essential to strategizing.

She gave a stiff nod and escaped into the bathroom. Sid would never tell Aspen this, but if the queen was even half as evil as Jens said, Liam didn’t stand a chance. Though if he was with Felix, then he might survive.

Why would Felix let him go?

He wouldn’t. Which was Sid’s worry. If Liam was out there on his own, he could be in real danger.

Sid dug out the eggs and bacon from the fridge, but before he could even so much as crack an egg, Pearl crushed him in a hug.

“Liam is going to be okay.” Her voice was thick with emotion.

He ignored her anxiety that poured into him. He had enough of his own to deal with.

“You got here fast.”

“I was actually on my way over to see if everything went okay with Felix. The eagle found me midflight. I didn’t expect Liam to hijack his trip.” She searched Sid’s face and extracted the egg carton from his hand. “Now, you let me take care of this.” She shooed him into the dining area. He wanted to make the eggs so he could distract himself, but Pearl was trying to be helpful, so he let her.

Sid sat at the table and stared out the window. He was glad he’d had Aspen shower. She’d cry and get all of her anxieties out. Then, she’d come down.

Jens walked into the room, and Pearl jerked her head around. “Who are you?”

“He’s the dragon that came over from Europe and asked for help,” Sid said.

“Thanks a lot. Now my nephew is in mortal danger.” She went back to attacking her eggs. Jens didn’t respond, just poured himself a cup of coffee and sat next to Sid.

“What happened?”

“Liam followed our assassin that was going to take out your queen.”

Jens whistled. “That woman is right. He is in mortal danger.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. That’s my sister, Pearl.”

Pearl slammed a plate down on the table. “And if anything happens to him, I’m holding you responsible.”

Jens stood. “I understand. I will leave you two alone. If you need anything Obsidian, you know where to find me.” He turned and left the room. 

Pearl visibly relaxed after Jens left. Sid thought about scolding her concerning her behavior toward him but didn’t have the energy to do so. Breakfast was tense and quiet. Pearl tried to keep it light, but after her third story about the babies’ antics, she stopped talking as well.

The side door banged open, and Valentine and Hazel rushed in. “What can we do?” Val asked.

Sid shook his head. “I don’t know yet. The council will be here soon. Help yourself to some breakfast.”

*

Sid welcomed the council to his home, and Aspen stood at his side, studying the small band of dragons as he talked. After he finished his story, no one said anything for a good minute. Sid was disappointed that nobody had any ideas, and he could feel the collective dread in the group.

The early morning air was cool, but not cold. Liam would be freezing because it was much colder where he was headed. Sid swallowed the lump in his throat. He couldn’t think about where Liam was right now.

Finally, Pearl spoke up. Why don’t we send a small group of warriors to collect him?

That’s a great idea, Kairi responded.

“Yes, that is a good idea.” He looked up at his sister. She always was wise and made good decisions. It’s why he chose her as the council member who oversaw the babies. “We’ll send only the best. And I will go with them.”

“Sid, no,” Aspen said. She crossed her arms and let out a breath.

“Why not? This is my son. I’m going on the rescue mission to save him.”

Aspen’s right. You shouldn’t go. Pearl stood tall, her silver scales reflecting in the sun.

That was a bunch of bull. He had every right to go rescue Liam, and they couldn’t tell him no. He was just as good as his warriors, he hadn’t let himself go soft.

“Why the hell not?” Sid clenched his fists. They would not convince him to stay behind.

“Because you’re the king, and we need you alive,” Skye said. “If this queen is truly evil, she could capture you and use you as leverage to enslave not just Europe but America as well. You can’t go.”

But he knew Liam like no one else did. He would find him and save him. He could not risk someone else going after him. They didn’t love him like Sid did. They wouldn’t risk everything for him.

Pearl nodded. And then, so did Xanthous, Kairi, and Nedra. His eyes met Aspen’s.

“They’re right,” she said.

His jaw clenched. They couldn’t tell him no. He would put himself on the front lines to protect his son. What was the point of being king if you couldn’t even save your own family?

He would not be left behind.

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