When the castle you call home is attacked by roving, landless knights, you either squeal and hide, or pick up a weapon and fight. Calista Thorne chooses to defend Blackbriar Keep. She shoots Torch, the commander of the marauding group with a cross bow. Torch however is no common landless knight. He is the son of the slain rightful king. He is seeking to take back the throne. Blackfriars Keep is the beginning. Now Torch is ill and Callista must nurse him back to health in order to keep her father alive. Calista's mother informs Calista that she and her father have been experimenting with kingsbane. No wonder Torch is not healing. Calista is forced to fight for her enemy's life and her father's.
Torch needs to marry Calista. He has foreseen that she is part of his destiny. As the healing process happens, as they share close quarters, they are drawn to each other. Theirs is a passion with an underlying harmony rarely seen.
When the false King responds to Blackfriars being captured, Calista and Torch are once more fighting for their lives, and now their joined destiny. Their quest goes beyond the here and now to things drawn on from the past.
I'm looking forward to the continuing story.
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