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Raised in seclusion, Lorelei is suddenly taken forcibly from the only place she has ever known. Her captors, led by a man named Crewe, become enamored of the fair Lorelei, except the warrior named Ajax, who refuses to accept her innocence. Suspicions lead him to act upon deep-rooted instinct. Lorelei can feel his distaste for her, almost palpable in the air, while she struggles against the confusing feelings he stirs within her. Everything about Ajax appeals to her, while he seems intent on causing her harm.
At the encampment where Lorelei is held, she comes to know Oliver, a young man on the verge of adulthood, with whom she forms a bond. When Ajax steals her away in the middle of the night, Oliver reveals how far he will go to protect her.
A young girl, Clara Barwicke, daughter of a well-known grain farmer, is accused of witchcraft when she stumbles upon a secret that could destroy the reputation of a priest and a noblewoman. Stolen from her family, she is taken to the dungeon to await sentencing. Her father Bryce leads a revolt with a select group of men against the crown in retaliation for his daughter’s arrest, when their pleas for her innocence fall upon deaf ears. The path they take will forever remove them from the lives they have known.
Ajax, bred from a lineage thought to be only myth, struggles between his nature and the intense desires that Lorelei inflames within him. Her very being causes him to question everything he believed to be true. When Lorelei is taken from his grasp, and her life is threatened, he realizes he will stop at nothing to save her, even if it is at the risk of his own life.
The notorious Teller arrives at Falls Landing, making strategically violent moves against the crown, causing fear and doubt to stir in the hearts of the people. Fueled by a vengeance so fierce, Teller has woven an intricate plan for the demise of the royal structure, the king, and the true target of his hatred.
The once-proud King Brom spirals into the web of lies and deceit his own wife, Queen Peronell, has spun around him. His ability to rule the kingdom comes into question as he encounters threats that infiltrate his realm. The truth of his downfall soon confronts him, and he is left to face what will remain.
Prince Arthur struggles with dark urges that threaten his sanity. His thirst for pain, pleasure, and the taste of blood begin to control him. When his secretive mother reveals the truth of his existence, he embraces his nature, even biting the hand that feeds him. His fascination soon turns toward the mysterious beauty that shows up at his door, and he will destroy anything that gets in his way.
Lorelei discovers the dangers that lurk in the shadows as she continues to negotiate the strange new world she was cast into. She uncovers powerful enemies, narrowly escapes promised death, and forms friendships that cause her to risk her own life, following her heart to do what is right. When Clara, the young girl she befriended in the cold depths of the dungeon, is faced with certain death, Lorelei recruits the help of her trusted friend Oliver, along with another unlikely source, to help save Clara.
All paths collide, and Lorelei finds herself in the middle of a struggle for power. She must face the truth of her creation, confront the powers that seek her, and face the new world that has forever changed from the protective walls of her forest. The dangers that surround her have been in play long before Lorelei was born, but they have been awaiting her arrival. Lorelei will also discover something that gives her the strength to face all that confronts her, her heart holding the key.