The explanation for Ian’s change is one he just can’t accept. To Alivia, it should fix all their problems, but Ian has become everything he hates most. And Liv accepting her fate and position will test their relationship to the breaking point.
The threat of the King’s arrival looms just weeks away, and Alivia knows he will kill her as soon as he comes. She’ll need supporters at her side—immortal ones. And that means turning old enemies into loyal subjects…
“It seems you don’t either, or at least that’s what Samuel, the son of the man who ruled for over a century, said,” I breathe. I am very aware that Jasmine can move fifty times faster than I. That she could twitch her arm and break my neck. She could crush my skull and squeeze my brain. But there is too much adrenaline coursing through my body right now.
And I love how it feels.
“And I suggest you think about the numbers for a moment,” I continue. “I’ve not even tried, and already in a week and a half you’ve lost twenty-five percent of your pawns. I call checkmate within three months.”
She shoves me away, nearly knocking me to the ground.
I don’t act scared, or alarmed at loosing my balance. I simply right myself. From my pocket, I pull an envelope that contains the invitation to my party and place it on the splintered table in the foyer.
I turn for the door and open it. “You need to consider your actions very carefully, Jasmine,” I say to her, and I am sincere and honest. “I am not some silly girl you can manipulate.”