When a procession of knights returning from the Crusades passes through her village, the last thing 16 year old Anabel expects is that her father will sell her and her brother to one of the knights and his mysterious companion. Anabel is thrust into life at court and agrees to use her special gift to spy on the handsome new king in the weeks leading up to his coronation.
When Anabel’s visions of the future become more frequent and vivid, she learns that she and her brother are at the center of a dangerous plot -- one that puts them both in danger and threatens to alter the course of her nation’s future.
As she is growing ever closer to King Fabian, all Anabel wants is for those she loves to be safe. But soon, the reality of her situation comes crashing down on her, and her life is altered once again. The power she is learning to harness is growing inside her and soon, everything she loves will be in danger.
I turned to my father. I was furious, terrified, and above all, heartbroken. Thomas was my dearest friend. My only friend.
“You sold him? No, you can’t! You can’t do that!” I knew it was a mistake speaking out of turn to my father, but I didn’t care. He was sending away the only person who completely accepted me. He grabbed me, dragging me toward the house. My mother screamed and tried to put herself between us.
He shoved her aside easily, causing her to fall against the knight’s strange yellow woman, who tried to catch my mother as she fell. The instant they touched, she jerked away as if burned and her eyes turned to me, wide and shocked.
My mother scrambled toward the knight, grabbing at the bottom of his long tunic, looking up at him tearfully. “Take my daughter too, sir. Please!”
“I cannot take her. I only have need of the boy.” The knight did not seem to be affected by the scene before him- my mother, sobbing at his feet, and my father attempting to drag his screaming, crying daughter into the house, stopping once to strike me hard across the cheek.
“My lord.” The strange woman spoke for the first time, her voice husky, surprising us all. My father stopped dragging me, turning to look at her, and I stopped struggling.
“My Lord,” she repeated, once she had the knight’s attention. “I believe I can make use of the girl, if you would agree to bring her with us.”
Something unspoken passed between the knight and the mysterious lady. He nodded once, and turned back to my father.
“Sir, I would be willing to take your daughter as well, if you are so inclined.”
“I don’t know about that, now.” My father still held my arm, but he loosened his grip slightly. “She does quite a bit of work around here. I don’t fully know how we might manage without her help.”
A look of disgust crossed the knight’s face, only for a brief instant before he composed himself. He removed a coin purse from his belt and tossed it to my father.
“I believe you will find yourself well compensated for your loss.”
About the Author
S.G. Tillery was born and raised near Fort Worth, Texas. She still lives in north Texas with her husband and four daughters, but she rebels against the Texan stereotype. She loves God, her family, and all things involving books, and is a self-proclaimed nerd, a history buff, and vintage enthusiast. Mystic, a young adult historical fantasy, is her first published novel. She loves hearing from her fans and encourages them to find her on Facebook.
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