Series: The Cadeleonian Series Volume One
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Release Date (Print & Ebook): August, 2010
Length (Print & Ebook): 362 pages
Subgenre: High fantasy, school story, YA/NA, epic fantasy
Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.
But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions.
However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a Dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram’s as well.
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Maybe now that they were on good terms he could convince Javier to let him have a look at that book. It was worth a try, anyway.
“Does Calixto’s diary mention Yassin Lif-Harun? He was one of the defenders of the academy,” he said casually.
Javier studied Kiram over the top of the book.
“I believe I already explained the fee I would require for access to my deranged ancestor’s autobiography.”
“Don’t be an ass,” Kiram replied. “I need the information for my history essay.”
Javier leaned back in his chair and stretched out his long legs.
“I imagine that only increases the value, then.”
“I’m not selling you my soul.”
“What about your body?”
Kiram felt his entire face flush red, not because he was shocked by Javier’s suggestion, but in shame at his own desire to accept. This was just the way Javier played with the people around him. Kiram knew that, but Javier’s slow, suggestive smile still affected him.
Kiram lowered his face, pretending to look over his notes one more time.
“I don’t even know if you have anything of value in the book,” Kiram said primly.
“My God, Kiram.” Javier laughed. “I never expect you to take me up on these things. You seem so demure most of the time.”
“I’m not demure. I just have some self-restraint.”
“But not, it seems, when it comes to the pursuit of knowledge. You’re willing to sell your body for a look at a book.” Javier held the diary up as if it were a shimmering enticement.
“No, I refuse to sell my body.” Kiram was a little amazed to realize that he’d grown used to these kinds of exchanges with Javier. “Unless you can guarantee that your book has any information that would be of use to me.”
Javier bounded up from his chair and sat down on the edge of Kiram’s bed, leaning in close. “If that’s the case, then I propose a little demonstration of quality on both our parts.”
Award-winning author Ginn Hale lives in the Pacific Northwest with her lovely wife and their ancient, evil cat. She spends the rainy days admiring local fungi. The stormy nights, she spends writing science-fiction and fantasy stories featuring LGBT protagonists. (Attempts to convince the cat to be less evil have been largely abandoned.)
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