About the Book
Author: Tia Reed
Duplicity and deception: aid from a djinn is a curse under any guise.
Betrothed to a cruel lord, Princess Kordahla dreams of fleeing to her decadent neighbour, a journey fraught with danger, and no promise of sanctuary at its end. Her one hope is to offer the southern shah a prize so valuable he cannot refuse to harbour her: the secret of the mahktashaan, the soldier-magicians sworn to protect her father’s court.
But the mahktashaan guard their magic with blooded sword, and in stealing one of their powerful crystals she will risk her life. Unless she accepts the help of a treacherous djinn intent on tricking her into a deal.
It is a compact which threatens to shatter the fragile peace in the Three Realms.
A gripping tale of realms besieged and honour lost, of blood-ties severed and romance dreamed, Dark Djinn begins an epic quest to save mortals from the schemes of djinn.
Timak closed his eyes and listened to the silence. A tear trickled down his cheek. “Yazmine?” Another tear fell into the lengthening hush. “Please don’t leave me alone...Yazmine?”
“YOU TOLD HIM YOUR NAME?!” The rage gusted through the cabin, rocking the bowl.
“Do you want to be hurled back to ground, to wallow in your miserable little existence for an eternity until the Court forgives you? If they ever forgive you!”
He heard Yazmine stifle a sob. It wasn’t right she fell prey to some brute. “Stop it,” he said. “You’re frightening her.” A gust whipped him up before he had finished speaking. He crashed against the wall and slid to the floor, bashing his arm against the coffer. Pain jolted through his elbow into his shoulder. He curled up, drawing his arm against his chest. It hurt so much it might have broken.
“You puny speck of creation. Do you DARE tell a DJINN what to do?”
He gritted his teeth, squeezing his eyes tight against the pain. “It’s your fault. You spoke her name. Yesterday, you called her.” He cowered into the corner. Wind moaned through the cracks in the planks and ruffled his hair.
“No, don’t!” Yazmine pleaded.
The wind died. The djinn clucked. Timak let out his breath.
“He can hear us,” the djinn said.
“Shouldn’t he?” Yazmine whispered. “I mean if he’s got a gift.”
“Mahktos grants no such gift.”
Timak risked a peep. The glare had gone, leaving the ocean to ripple until it met the hazy sky. “Maybe it was the porrin,” he said.
“The porrin has worn off, you miserable insect.
“It started with the porrin,” Yazmine said.
“And should have ended with it,” the djinn snarled. His glare burst into the cabin. “The Court must hear of this.”
A force tugged Timak to the tips of his toes. An icy breath slid across his face and down his body, chilling him to the bone. He shivered. For the first time in his ten years, he understood what a still wind meant. He wished he didn’t when his breath puffed through the glare, heating it so he could see a creature with a hint of red in his blazing eyes and a touch of indigo in his crystal joints. He sobbed as the djinn shook him until his teeth chattered.
“If you ever have the fortune to cower in our presence again, you will address us as Djinn and Genie. You will never call Yazmine by name again and you will never so much as breathe it to another living soul, whether it be one of your inconsequential kind, or an insignificant scumhopper. Squeal, and I will allow a thousand like Lord Ahkdul to take their pleasure with you in a single night, insect. I will hack off pieces of your flesh and feed them to jabberweis while you watch, cockroach. Do you understand?”
Mute with fear, Timak could only nod.
Tia Reed loves nothing better than burying her nose in a story of her own imagining, cuddling her bossy cat and rescuing chewed pillows from her hyperactive dog. She takes every opportunity to do all three when she is not teaching English as a second language. Her other hobbies usually take a back seat but include trying to tame her beast of a garden, hiking and travelling. The latter has thrown her many interesting, sometimes hair-raising experiences, which she loves twisting into stories. She was born in Malta, but lives in Adelaide, Australia.
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