Release day: Alliance Forged
Today is the official release of Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin, the second book in her fantasy romance Light Blade series (paperback and ebook, Berkley Sensation). Here’s the blurb:
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul…
Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na’Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail.
Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he’s afraid he’ll lose—until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he’s unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora’s strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him.
When the Na’Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart a war, the key to the survival of both races—Na’Chi and human— is an alliance. However, when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance … but also the woman he loves.
Kylie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
In Alliance Forged, Kymora (the heroine ) is the spiritual leader of her religious order. She’s also blind, but rather than blind from birth, a childhood illness takes away her sight. To compensate she develops the ability to decipher people’s feelings through listening to their voices and sensing their emotions in their auras (after all this is a paranormal romance). I doubt anyone can deny that it’s human nature for some to assume a disability is a liability, and the person so ‘afflicted’ needs to be coddled, excused, dismissed or seen as different or lacking something. Kymora’s fought hard to be accepted and seen as capable in her career and day to day life. Her experiences are certainly made more interesting when she meets Varian, the scarred leader of the Na’Chi, a race of half-demon, half human people who value physical perfection. They face a host of issues involving their ‘disabilities’ together and, as a writer, I’m glad I didn’t play it safe and write about more conventional characters. It would never have been as much fun or as exciting a challenge.