ABOUT THE BOOK
Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.
Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.
Vampires could not read minds, he hoped. They were secretive and mistrustful, and even Walter with all his knowledge of the Other world did not know the extent of Krieger’s ability. He did know that vampires could recognize a lie or deception by body language. No point in stopping now, he thought, and sat down in his chair to calm his nerves.
“I’ve lived a good life with few regrets. If I should not return from England then so be it.”
“I will contact the Elder. You’re too ill for this assignment.” Krieger reached for his mobile.
“No!” Walter rose halfway from his chair and fell back into another coughing jag. This conversation had depleted his already weakened state. “I must go, for Winston’s sake.”
“Then I’ll speak with my security. I’m sure something can be arranged for Lily.”
Walter shook his head.
Krieger stood and went to the fireplace, giving his back to Walter. “Fathers usually marry off their burdensome daughters. You ask a vampire to claim yours. You do understand the full implication of your request?”
He tried to answer but his coughing returned.
Krieger turned to see him nod. “She has no knowledge of me, I gather.”
“My oath to secrecy has not been broken.”
“Then so be it. Lily Ayres, the last keeper’s daughter, shall be a subject of my realm, and her physical being will be protected as I see fit.”
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