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About Emery Ayres
I hope you know that you are the one person who brings the most important ingredient to every story you read, an ingredient no author can create, anticipate, or dream of. Your imagination. A book is just a narrative in a vacuum until your imagination brings the story to life. Essentially, you are the magic. Thank you so much for bringing your magic to my books.
Yesterday morning, most of Saphrona Melioska's family was executed. Today, at dawn, she and her brother's widow would have followed them to the block. But something changed.
Saphrona doesn't know who paid for their sentence to be commuted, but by that act of kindness, she and her hearth sister are exiled to the remote island of Ghondatha, where Saphrona's only relatives live.
She has nothing to take with her but the legacy of ten generations of master sculptors, a family name beloved in the world of Art, and her own credo: there is goodness and beauty in everything.
Upon their arrival at Ghondatha, however, Saphrona and Leigh find that even ageless Ghondatha is not what it once was. The island has a new liege-lord, a nobleman from the lavish Amkadan Empire, with deep pockets and extravagant ideas about progress.
All Lord Gideon Bloodstone requires is that the villagers obey three laws: no one may leave the island; all who are invited to his nightly masquerades must attend; and those who are not invited must mind the curfew and stay home.
Who is this man who has stolen the last familiar piece of life Saphrona has left in the world?
Someone who will change forever how she defines that which is good and beautiful.
As the consort of the Prince of the Vampiri, Saphrona resolves not to lose her identity in Gideon’s shadowy world. Though she feels ever more drawn to him and sympathizes with his people’s struggle to emulate human compassion, she refuses to allow anything to threaten her autonomy.
Gideon longs for Saphrona’s love, but he is reluctant to reveal the full reality of their new relationship, for fear it will drive an irrevocable wedge between them before he has a chance to win her heart. When Saphrona discovers his omission, it shatters her trust in him.
Heartbroken, Gideon risks self-destruction to prove to Saphrona that her free will is sacred to him. Even as his gamble leads to a revelation that will bring them forever closer, the consequences of such a risk set the Followers on the path of war with Antonia and tragic betrayal in House Bloodstone.