Authors: Christine Feehan
Tags: #Romance, #General, #Paranormal, #Fiction
Titles by Christine Feehan
OCEANS OF FIRE
DARKEST AT DAWN
(includes Dark Hunger and Dark Secret)
(includes Magic in the Wind and Oceans of Fire)
(includes The Awakening and Wild Rain)
(with Emma Holly, Sabrina Jeffries, and Elda Minger)
(with Fiona Brand, Katherine Sutcliffe, and Eileen Wilks)
(with Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, and Angela Knight)
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Copyright © 2013 by Christine Feehan.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Dark lycan / Christine Feehan. — First Edition.
Print ISBN: 978-0-425-26833-9
eBook ISBN 978-1-101-62592-7
1. Werewolves—Fiction. I. Title.
FIRST EDITION: September 2013
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Cover design by George Long.
Cover handlettering by Ron Zinn.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.
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Dr. Christopher Tong wrote a beautiful song for Fen to sing to his lady, Tatijana. Thank you so much, Chris; the song was perfect in every way.
Many thanks to my sister Anita Toste, who always answers my call and has such fun with me writing mage spells.
I have to give a special shout-out to C. L. Wilson and Sheila English, who were gracious enough to include me in our power-writing sessions. We rocked it, didn’t we?
There would be no
without Brian Feehan or Domini Stottsberry. They worked long hours to help me with everything from brainstorming ideas and doing research to edits. There are no words to describe my gratitude or love for them. Thank you all so very much!
ist drifted through the trees. The moon, not quite full, was a yellow halo, dull and yet glaring. Around the moon a red ring gave off an ominous glow. A dangerous time, this cycle of the moon, especially when the mist came in thick and heavy, covering the ground a foot or so high, winding in and out of the trees as if alive. The mist muffled sound, dulled the senses, giving advantages to the shadowy figures that preyed upon the unwary.
Tatijana of the Dragonseekers woke beneath the earth with layers of dark, rich healing loam surrounding her. Vital nutrients, rich in minerals, cushioned her body. She lay for a long time, panicked, listening to her own heart beating, feeling too light, too trapped, too exposed. And hot. So hot. Above her, she sensed the guardians. Watching over her, they said, and it was probably true, but she’d been a prisoner for so long—she’d been born into captivity—and she trusted no one other than her sister, Branislava. Bronnie lay sleeping peacefully, very close to her, her only comfort.
Her heartbeat grew louder until it was thunder in her ears. She couldn’t stand being trapped beneath the earth. She had to get out, to find freedom. To
free. What was that like? She knew nothing of the world. She’d lived underground her entire life, deep in the ice caves, never seeing or speaking to anyone other than those who tortured and tried to terrorize her. She knew no other life, but that had changed—or had it?
Had Bronnie and she exchanged one cold, frightening prison for a silken cage? If so, their wardens had made a huge mistake putting them in the ground to recover. She hardly knew what it was like to be in her real form. She’d spent centuries in dragon form and dragons could move through earth fairly easily.
she whispered into her sister’s mind.
I know you need your sleep. I will continue to explore our new world and come back at dawn with new information.
Branislava stirred in her mind as if she might protest as she had each time Tatijana told her she was going.
I need to do this.
I will come with you
Bronnie answered, her voice far away, even though she was in Tatijana’s mind.